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In a previous post I documented a trip to the freezing beach with a Crown Graphic and some 4×5 film. I had issues with the Tri-X I shot (particularly with the shutter); but using the ortho film was a complete disaster.
In short, I underexposed it by about 4 stops by thinking too quickly, not double-checking my completely backward calculation, and not double-checking with a meter (which I thought I did not need). My scene was in the direct sun, so I thought at f/16, I would shoot at 1/25, which (and here’s why I screwed up) equalled f/32 at 1/100–should have been 1/5 on that shutter. Anyway, I couldn’t find a suitable recipe for pushing this ortho film (the only reason a sane person would push it would be by accident, like I did), so I made up a recipe, which did not work well. Atomal (ATM) 49 1:8 for 1 hour; 30 seconds initial agitation and a few inversions at the half-hour mark. I chose Atomal because I had just mixed up a batch to develop the Tri-X sheets and because I had been planning to use the Atomal if I had exposed the ortho correctly.
I think there’s great potential for these scenes with this film, regardless of the current outcome. I look forward to shooting it again.
Better luck (i.e. better pay attention) next time!
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