I’ve posted some other photos from this shoot before, but this time I want to talk about this combination of film and developer.
My wife owns a yoga studio and has me take photographs for her sometimes. She is very supportive of my film “habit” and prefers the look of film to digital. Needing some shots for marketing, she asked that they look like film—black and white and grainy.
I shot with Tri-X here and pushed it to 1600, with the intention of developing in HC-110, just to try it. I found the combination browsing the Massive Dev Chart. I used the time listed despite the footnote that this was for the “old” Tri-X, not the current version.
I think it worked out pretty well, if you like that grainy look (I do). Because I was able to stop down a bit, there is some bite to the transitions between light and dark—or in other words, I like how the local contrast came out. Shallow depth of field can be a nice effect, but so can sharper focus.
Tri-X 35mm (actually Arista Premium 400 – same thing)
Minolta X-570 with MC Rokkor-PG 58mm 1:1.2
HC-110 dilution B (visit the unofficial HC-110 page to learn more)
Agitate 45 seconds initial, then a 10 second swirl each minute
Pour it out, water stop bath 1 minute, fix 4 minutes, wash 1 minute, perma wash 1 minute with agitation, wash 1 minute, wetting agent (LFN) 1 minute with agitation.
Hey I just stumbled across your website and this recipe, which I totally adore!
I really think this is the best resolution for EI 1600 I have seen so far but I think you forgot to indicate the developing time? It would be very kind if you could let me know…
Thanks for the inspiration!
Oops! Thanks for catching that, Lukas. It was 16 minutes.
Okay thanks David!
That’s basically how I tried developing my film so far with small differences. I get much more contrasty images however which I don’t like. Can you tell me how exactly you define swirl?
I usually try to agitate the tank so basically flipping it over while also turning it.
Lukas, the “swirl” was picking it up just below the lid and swinging it around in a circle, somewhat how you might swirl a glass of wine. I did not invert it. Less agitation might control the contrast better for you.
Thanks for the tip with the swirl! I like the wine glass comparison :P
I will try that the next time I develop… I also will try to scan the images with the HDR feature of silverfast. I hope that will do the trick!
I totally love the pictures! perfect grain and contrast in my opinion…
Can you let tell me the overall developing time? Thanks in advance :)