Experiments with Film

So for a learning experience I took a roll of Tri-X 400 Kodak Film and shot it as if it was actually 800 ISO. 

I can see how this is useful when shooting indoors as even with my lumu light meter those images exposed well. My problem came if I had the camera outdoors. I couldn’t prevent overexposure it seems (I do not own a ND filter for my film camera).

You can see the results below that I felt were worth to share (both good and bad):

 

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4 thoughts on “Experiments with Film

  1. Tri-X is such a versatile film, and I’ve never had much of a problem getting usable images out of less-than-perfect exposure. I’ve used standard processing with film shot anywhere from ASA800-100 all on the same roll, and I’ve also pushed it a couple times to 1600.

    Without understanding your camera a bit more, I don’t know why adding an ND filter would help more than just stopping down your aperture or using a faster shutter speed. Also owning a Canon AE-1, I noticed that indoors it was consistently metering one stop over what it should be, and so I’d be underexposing things when I didn’t want to. Perhaps your light meter is faulty? That said, looking at the images I don’t see that the outdoor shots are too overexposed as much as just a bit too contrasty.

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    • Sorry for the late response. Between work and family I have a hard time keeping track of this blog currently.

      I just have the AE-1 with the kit 50mm 1.8 lens. I use a Lumu Light meter . Many of the outdoor shots it would give a reading that was not achievable on the camera with out putting an ND filter on the camera as it was the middle of a very bright day and I had to use a substitute reading as I did n’t want to get all creepy walking up to people to get a reading just off their faces.

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      • No problem. I still don’t understand, though. Is your AE-1’s light meter not working? Also, I have that exact same lens, and it stops down all the way to f/22; that should be more than enough to cover most sunny situations. Remember, the rule with shooting 400 speed on a sunny day is f/16 at 1/250sec, for clouds or shade add 3 stops or so. If you can remember that, you can get by pretty well without a light meter, especially if you continue to use 400 speed film.
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        There’s no need to shoot the entire roll of film at ASA800, unless you’re doing special processing. If you want to shoot indoors at 800 and outdoors at 200, I think you’d be fine there.
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        If you’re just trying to get an extremely shallow depth-of-field outside, I’d suggest:
        -a slower film, maybe ASA/ISO 50-125. Ilford Pan-F Plus, perhaps?
        -“pulling” the film, shooting a higher-speed film at a slower speed and then decreasing developing time.
        -Or yeah, an ND filter…

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      • I was doing special processing. I shot the entire roll as if it was ASA800 film.

        The only reason I was using the film outside that day was because I grabbed the camera without thinking it could be brighter at the destination compared to the overcast that was in my home town.
        I didn’t want to carry my DSLR and AE-1 both that day.

        In the end it was a learning experience and probably will not do it again anytime soon (pushing the film to ASA800 that is). I’ll be staying at ASA400 as I don’t shoot enough with film to get ASA 100/160 or even 800 speed film and use a single roll in less than a month’s time.

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