One of the things that I love about film photography is how the decisions you make have an impact on the final image — choice of camera, lens, film stock, and developer as well as how you decide to apply these elements give us creative control over the final outcome. The same logic applies to […]
5 Frames… Of Orwo DN21 during a hot Como summer on a Contax 139Q (35mm Format / EI 12 / Yashica ML 24mm f/2.8 lens) – by Sergio Palazzi
Along with the Orwo UN54 that I quoted before, I also ordered a 30.5 m roll of DN21 from the Orwo Shop. This was something unusual for me, as films not primarily intended for taking pictures in a normal camera are not my cup of tea. I mean, for graphic purposes I used a lot […]
5 Frames…. Of 30 year expired Orwocolor NC21 ISO 100 film at London’s River Thames
Back in the 1980s, I briefly worked for a film processing service in London’s West End. From time to time, people would drop in a mysterious Orwo branded film that our labs couldn’t handle because (they said) it used a strange propriety process that originated “behind the Iron Curtain” and could only be processed there. […]
42 – A Study in Macro on expired ORWO N 74 film
This film emerges as a direct outcome of Covid-19 related quarantine, the nectar of staying alone, indoors for 60 days, (during April & May 2020) engrossed in house chores..
An on-the-cheap private investigation into European BW films: ORWO or Kentmere, to be or not to be?
The whole idea behind this article started as I was looking into finding a “daily” use black and white film, on the cheap, so that I could bulk roll my own. As I’m from Europe (Romania, just one sharp right away from the Black Sea), I first looked into Foma Bohemia films, which are quite […]
5 Frames… Of ~30 years expired ORWO NP22 (EI 80 / 120 Format / Hasselblad 500CM)
Sometimes technical perfection counts less than the artistic adventure of trying new things, and I recently decided to join the growing number of photogs shooting expired film. This was a tough departure for me – I almost always shoot Fujifilm NEOPAN 100 ACROS or sometimes ILFORD Delta 100 Professional and carefully develop it with an […]
Saxonvale: two years documenting a brownfield industrial site
This is the story of a photo project which started on a whim and grew into something far bigger than I’d imagined. Fingers crossed it’s not finished yet, but more on that later.
5 Frames… Travelling through India with ORWO N74 plus (EI 400 / 35 format / Nikon FM2)
These photos are a part of a much bigger series on the smaller trains on the Indian Railways that ply through the remotest parts of the country.
5 Frames… With ORWO N74 plus (Gost 360 / 35mm format / Belomo Chaika 3)
Greetings Comrades! I am back with another “5 Frames” feature to further your capitalist decadence. This time I am shooting the superior German film type N74 plus produced by ORWO.
Film review: ORWO N 74plus ISO 400 black and white negative film
Disclaimer: Unlike most film reviews that have comparison shots of the same subject, taken under different settings and exposure values, this review will feature a set of photos that show the film’s capability to perform under different lighting conditions.
Photography: Ignominious defeat – Shot on ORWO N74 plus at EI 400 (35mm format)
Shot on ORWO N74 plus at EI 400
Black and white negative film in 35mm format
Rodinal: 1+100, 21°C/70°F, 60:00 (N)
No presoak, 1-minute initial agitation, 3 inversions/ 30 minutes, normal stop/fix/rinse