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Tri-X film OMG!!

Jefenator

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Jazz Quartet by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

This is the stuff I started out with, developing in the kitchen sink and printing on the closet floor in my first apartment. It's been a long while since I've shot with it, and what a thrill it is to finally come back home! :D


Singer & Bassist by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr

I recently did a couple rolls of T-max (because that's all the local store had) but I never cared quite so much for that. To my eyes, the Tri-X may be crude and grainy but it also has a TON of character.

Nowadays with my digital captures, I do a lot of tweaking in Lightroom and Photoshop. Back in the day with this Tri-X, my approach was a lot less involved - the emulsion does all the work. The best way I can describe it is it simultaneously spanks and caresses. Like recording to magnetic tape or playing bass through a vintage tube amp - you get a certain something that digital just can't ever quite nail.

No, I won't be selling my NEX just yet. ;) For cataloging & selling my art, there's no way I'd ever go back to film! But for this kind of stylized candid stuff, I think I might just forget about full-frame digital and build up a "hybrid" system (a good medium format camera and a good scanner). I like my Tri-X that much.

That is all... carry on! :cool:


Tenor Saxophone by Jeff Addicott, on Flickr
 

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I'd love to fire up a roll of Kodachrome on the next road trip!! It sucks that they discontinued that. :(
 

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You can almost get the same effect on Fujifilm's Velvia, but yeah I'd still prefer the Kodachrome myself if it was still available.
 

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This is Tri-X dev'ed in D76,...shot 47 years ago at rehearsal of the famous 60's TV prog 'Ready Steady Go!'..



....The late and sensational Dusty Springfield, RIP This is the camera used (which I still have)....



.....Won't be going back to 'the X' tho'....much prefer everything about digital despite 30 years with film.
 

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Yep - I was using an old Ricoh TLR. Pain in the butt to focus, but there's something I like about the instant response (almost as fast as my N7 ;)) and the way the image doesn't black out. I'm not as blown away by the detail I got on these two rolls (could be a number of things - slow shutter, user error, lens performance, scanning...) but the tonality just blows me away. I'm glad this isn't my only camera but I'm having a blast, poking around with it! :D
 

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I used to use Tri X in medium format Hasselblads all the time. Absolutely superb, nothing has ever matched it. Superb for portraits!

Great pictures, thanks for posting them.
 

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You can almost get the same effect on Fujifilm's Velvia, but yeah I'd still prefer the Kodachrome myself if it was still available.
I still do use Tri...and scan...what scanner to use is problem.
 
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