A few months ago, I started with analog photography. After a few weeks of using color rolls such as Fuji C200 or Kodak ULTRA MAX 400, I decided to try black and white photography.
While living in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, I had the opportunity to learn how to develop and scan my own rolls thanks to Noirfoto Darkroom. From then on, a new world opened to me. Back in France, I equipped myself to allow myself to develop and scan my negatives. Yet, I’m still looking for “the” film I want to shoot with. In exploring, I went to my local lab/shop and decided to buy a bunch of rolls I’d never tried before. I’d heard a lot about Kodak T-Max 400 but I wasn’t really convinced until I saw some shots of it pushed to EI 1600.
I’ve never push processed a film before so I thought I could try this on T-MAX 400 during a family trip along the French coast. It was pretty cloudy, yet sometimes some sunlight would shine through. For these 5 frames I used my Olympus OM-2n with a Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 Auto-S lens.
Back home, I processed it in D-76 stock. But the process didn’t go as planned and it was quite difficult to fix. Finally, a pink stain which looked like the anti-halo layer was still there on the top and bottom of the film. Maybe it was because of my new development spirals? I don’t know.
After a while, it was time to scan. I’m really pleased with the result of the push processing. The grain, even if pretty visible is still limited. The film kept some good details both in the darks and highlights. Moreover, I really love the contrasts of those five frames. The next step is to find an enlarger and to learn how to print!
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