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.


    • 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.


      • 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.
        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.
        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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