It has been a while since me and a friend started organizing these Sunday morning walks in downtown São Paulo. Sometimes we start at 6:30am, some people complain, then the next time we start at 8:30am and a lot of people show up. This was one of the latter and also a typical fall day with lots of crispy sunlight.
On this particular walk I wanted to try some Agfa Cinerex IC1N 35mm film I had purchased online, I did some tests with Kodak Dektol and decided to rate it at EI 200, so I went after a few ISO 200 film canisters and bulk loaded them to use on DX-code only point and shoot cameras.
For this walk I chose a Canon compact, the Prima Zoom 90u Date, which can do something not many compact 35mm cameras can: it remembers the no-flash choice you made before turning it off. This is very useful when entering a shaded park or even a church from a brightly-lit environment, so I have the camera set to no-flash all the time until I need it. This camera is also light enough so you can carry it on your hand all morning without much pain.
It’s such a busy city from Monday thru Saturday, so it is very strange to walk São Paulo’s empty streets so early on Sundays. It has been very refreshing to experience the city I live in, so calm this way but on the other hand, I think using such a high contrast film and forcing its contrast even more on the development enabled me to show more grit and dirt of São Paulo`s daily life.
Agfa Cinerex is usually described as an ISO 50 film, but using paper developer enabled me to add two stops to that. Even grain showed up a bit, adding another layer of texture, I’m in love with the deep blacks it offers this way and the white skies of this orthochromatic film.
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