The snow allows you to hunt both earlier and later with a scope, as things are illuminated with the white background. Had a young doe on the bait pile, but she did not come in time to serve as an attractant for a buck, as she showed up just minutes before closing time. Placed the crosshairs above the front shoulder and imagined for a minute, before the blind in the wind spooked her. Should calm down this evening and I will hunt in the morning, then come in and leave to photograph and visit Chequamegon Books, as I am ready for a new read.
I have shot with Ilford films ever since Kodak introduced the T-Max series of Black and White films some years back. It is such horrid stuff, with a never-leaving magenta stain, the decision was easy. Ilford HP-5 remains my favorite for its accutance and ability to hold highlights. Their slowest film, Pan-F (ASA 50) is my choice in the Holga Pan, with most exposures averaging about 5 seconds (accounting for recicprocity failure). Ilford FP-4 (ASA 125) never has any "life" when I shoot it and in my opinion, renders rather dull negatives. I have experimented with Bregger films in the past in 4x5 and 120, but find as nicely as it stains in PMK Pyro, it is too delicate and scratches with even the most careful handling, especially in large format sizes.
Will take the racing snowshoes tomorrow in case I need them in the woods, as the snow is not that deep. There are so many snowshoers up here that I am guessing many of the woods trails are already packed down after today.
“Before the invention of photography, significant moments in the flow of our lives would be like rocks placed in a stream: impediments that demonstrated but didn’t diminish the volume of the flow and around which accrued the debris of memory, rich in sight, smell, taste, and sound. No snapshot can do what the attractive mnemonic impediment can: when we outsource that work to the camera, our ability to remember is diminished and what memories we have are impoverished.”
― Sally Mann, Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs