Pushing and shooting film in low light situations has it's benefits, but developing the film can be more of a gamble than anything else, especially with a developer that does not recommend itself to be used for more than a 2 stop push.
I found myself wanting to develop a roll of Tri-X (ISO 400) that I shot at 3200 ISO, but the developer available to me, part of the Sprint chemical line, has very little resources when it came to determining how and how long I should develop it.
After lots of research, I determined that instead of just an increase in development time, which is what the company recommends, that I needed to increase the concentration ratio of stock developer to water. This can be very helpful in reducing the time that the film spends wet, subsequently reducing grain. Since there isn’t much mention of this developer and film being used in push processing, I decided to take the one piece of information that seemed useful: that Sprint developer behaves a lot like Kodak D76. I also decreased agitation from my usual so that I wouldn’t blow the highlights in my shots. I ended up developing the film in a 1:1 dilution (normal dilution for Sprint is 1:9) for 16 minutes at 68˚ F, with 30 seconds of agitation and then 3 inversions every minute after.
I hope this can be of use to others who are using chemicals provided by their school. Every development time is just a guideline, not a concrete rule. Just remember to research and experiment!
If you'd be shooting in low light, at night, or in any other situation that would require a high speed film for best results, why don't you try the Lomography Color Negative 800 for 35mm cameras? Allow five of our community members to convince you with their respective reviews in this installment of Reviews on Rewind.
There are small pleasures and big pleasures. A small one, like eating a chocolate after lunch, the first day of summer after a cold spring or finally meeting that girl you see every day on your morning commute can be more satisfying than anything else. As for me, shooting live music shows with the Petzval Lens is one of those small pleasures.
My name is Amber Valentine and I have a confession to make: I’m not really a photographer. I have a website full of photographs, a bookshelf full of cameras, film waiting to be developed, and a wall full of framed pictures I’ve taken. Even so, I don’t really consider myself a photographer per se. I think that Lomography is more about the experimentation and the fun of film than it is about the photography, and that experimentation is part of the reason I have embraced Lomography so.
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As a scientist, Pierrick is often curious about the mechanism behind how things work. His first brush with analog photography is no exception. Eager to know more about the inner workings of a film camera, he started from scratch and tested his DIY skill with the Konstuktor camera.
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On July 4, 1776, the redrafted version of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence made it to Congress. Some 90 years later it was made into an official holiday. Since then, Americans have celebrated Fourth of July in full regalia. Some parade in flag-themed costumes or party in their best dresses, while others bond with friends over beer in the park.
This article is dedicated to one of the most important masters of photography, Robert Capa. Capa is well known for his photos of war, from the famous image of the Republican Spanish soldier collapsing backwards after being fatally shot to his images taken in Indochina. He was also a co-founder of the famous Magnum Photo Agency, the first cooperative agency for freelance photographers worldwide. For this article, I took advantage of a rare event held in my city, Como, some weeks ago: a military drill for civil protection purposes.
There are things that artist Valeriie Liin can't leave the house without: her earphones, two notebooks, keys to her home in Taiwan, and a little color palette for painting. It's not always that she can paint, though, so for those times she turns to her cameras.