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I have hardly been shooting since my last trip, mainly because my health has been shoddy thanks to the flu and then the other times the weather has been just dismal. Same goes for today when we went into town to run some errands. This is actually good though, because I will get to the end of my development queue for the first time in months. This will be a great starting point for all the copious amounts of film I will be bringing back from Argentina. Imagine, nothing to develop, nothing to scan!

Yesterday’s batch of C41 film were one roll shot at 1600 and one roll shot at 3200. I decided to go for it and test what I wrote the other day about grain and density having a different relationship in colour film than in black and white. So, after pushing these two rolls 2 stop I have to say that indeed it is true. The roll of 1600 I pushed 2 stops was much much grainier than the roll I shot at 1600 and didn’t push and it definitely didn’t bring out any more shadow detail either. As far as I could find out searching the internet only very few colour films can be pushed successfully like Ektar 100 for example. This doesn’t mean that you can’t just shoot it at a faster speed though. The rolls where I shot at 1600 and accidentally developed for box-speed turned out great with very little grain, because C41 film actually has quite a bit of latitude. Which actually makes me think that my rather nice Cinestill results actually could be way less grainy if I had just trusted in latitude and developed normally. 1 stop isn’t all that much especially for cinefilm!

Yesterday was a day worth celebrating. All the paperwork I had to deal with has finally paid off and I’m now officially a PhD student. It’s been a plan brewing for many years, so it’s great that things are finally starting to happen for real.

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Zeiss ZM C-Biogon 35mm f/2.8.
Rollei RPX400 stand-developed in Caffenol-CL, 60min.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

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