It is a lazy Sunday morning, the neighborhood is quiet and I just finished a relaxed check on my film stock and found that I have a roll of TMAX400 120 format film that is expiring this month. So I loaded the roll onto my Hasselblad A24 back (more on this in a bit) and will take a walk around my neighborhood to try to capture 11 or 12 (the A24 back yields uneven spacing so occasionally I lose one image) images that tell the story of this neighborhood.
Before we begin let me set explain the challenge. The first part of the challenge is that I will shoot, develop and scan in one day. I probably wont make it into the darkroom today but we will see how it goes.
The second part has to do with my neighborhood. In Jakarta we live in a enclosed neighborhood, which means that everything is a bit boring compared to the streets of Jakarta so I will need to venture out a bit. There is a safety risk here, not really in terms of violence or theft but due to the number of cars, motorbikes and lack of a sidewalk. I will have to pick my composition based on safety first and getting the shot second.
Another challenge is in the format itself as the 120 format in 6x6 only allows 12 shots. It is difficult to find a rhythm when you keep having to reload film. I have an A12 back which has a half shot roll of HP5. I will take this plus one extra roll to give me a better chance at finding a rhythm.
So I left the house at 10am and returned at about 11:30, just in time for lunch. It was hot (Jakarta is always hot), but I had a great time. After lunch I developed the rolls and let them dry while I worked on some 35mm I developed on Saturday.
The pictures came out very well with only one that was a bit soft on focus. The only real issue was keeping the camera level. I have not shot with the Hasselblad and I guess I have become sloppy. You will see it in a couple of images so I do apologize.
I shot Tmax400 at an EI of 250. I developed the film in ID-11 at a 1:1 for 10min 15 seconds. This gave me a very nice contrasty image while keeping the grain I control. Overall I am pleased with the film and the results have deep tonalities, proper blacks with nice highlights.
You will see two shots of the same scene (the one with C pipes). The first was shot at 1/30 sec and the second at 1/60 sec. I first shot the scene as per my light meter, and then I realized that it would be too light. So I shot another with a faster shutter speed to give it the look I was after.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.