This was the first ever roll of black and white film that I had used. I was a bit worried about not being able to achieve the results I've seen with black and white films by other people. But, to my surprise, I was definitely happy with the results: moody, dramatic, and a little creepy. Everything one could ask for.
I was always worried that by shooting in black and white I would be missing all of the character that can be brought to a photograph simply by the colors on it. This put me off black and white photography as I thought I wouldn’t be able to pull it off and would end up wasting 36 exposures of my life.
I bought a cheap pack of film off eBay and one of the rolls was Kodak TX400 (400 ISO, expiry: 2014). This ended up being left at the back of the cupboard until just recently when I remembered it was there and decided to pop it in my camera (my trusty Samsung Fino found on eBay for about £3) and stop being so soft.
I always worried that the photos would end up being a wash of greys and lack any kind of atmosphere and contrast. How wrong I was.
The first few shots were just taken as I was heading to the gym one day. It had been snowing and everywhere looked pretty much black and white anyway.
A few days later I had a call from a friend who was one of my “exploring” buddies. Basically, we explore any derelict or abandoned sites we can get to. He had noticed a couple of abandoned farm houses near Hartlepool, just off the A19 motorway, so we packed our cameras and headed off.
It was a cold, sunny day, and parts of the house were missing the roof so it helped with the lighting inside.
I was very surprised with how clear this film came out. Even in low light the images came out very sharp.
The contrast is so sharp too, with none of the light bleeding into the dark areas of the photographs that I’ve noticed before. The blacks really stay black, even with light areas touching up against them.
Overall, I was extremely happy with the results of this film. If you’re after high contrast, atmospheric photographs, even in low light, I highly recommend this film.