I suspect that if I had obeyed all the KEEP OUT and NO TRESPASSING signs I have encountered in my decades of image making, my portfolio would be much less sizeable (at least with respect to architectural images in particular). I have been on a Kodak Tri-X Pan 400 shooting jag of late, and ex-post-facto, have come to a conclusion about its fit in my work. I like the smooth gradation from whites to blacks when shooting portraits , still life, and architectural detail. For landscape and all other uses, I prefer Ilford FP4+ as my mainstay. I trialed Fomapan 100 for about ten rolls, and came to the conclusion that it has serious quality control issues and much too thin a film base (means for curling when drying, as well as an easy to scratch emulsion). In the future, I am going to be experimenting with Rollei RPX-25, a very slow speed film, similar to what Agfa Pan 25 was when it was in production some years back. I will try it exclusively on winter rivers, where the slow film speed will get me the blurred water I seek with long exposures. If it works out well in either Rodinal or HC-110, I will also try it in 4x5 for very long exposures at much smaller apertures than medium format. This was one of the things I sorrowfully missed during my temporary diversion into the digital world…..the ability to experiment with various film and developer combinations for the simple joy of seeing different results and refining my approach. Over the years, Ilford HP5+ and FP4+ have remained my base films for when I want very predictable outcomes and cannot afford an error.
Have a safe and joyous Thanksgiving….
“Your memory feels like home to me.
So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you.”