See also...

let's talk about film let's talk about film


Gimp Photo Gimp Photo


Older Folder Older Folder


Vintage Camera Photography Vintage Camera Photography


Black & White Film Photography Black & White Film Photography


Home on the Range (Film) Home on the Range (Film)


Rangefinder Photography Rangefinder Photography


BW & Monochromes BW & Monochromes


See more...

Keywords

film
35mm
agfa
karat
developers
fomaretro320


Authorizations, license

Visible by: Everyone
Attribution + non Commercial + no derivative

621 visits

Kitchen window - Foma Retro 320

Kitchen window - Foma Retro 320
I'm still not really allowed to drive far, so I am amusing myself with a few tests at, or near, home! I bought a bulk roll of this film, thinking that it might be right for the kind of subjects I like, but sadly, I'm not enchanted with the results !!

This was developed in the Foma Retro special developer, at the correct temperature and time recommended by the manufacturer, and the resulting grain is much too coarse, even for a "retro" type image. Straight scan, no USM or post sharpening. The film is only available in bulk 35mm and 4"x 5"sheet format, and I'm sure the sheet film would give a similar "vintage" feel without the grain being so intrusive.

I tried it also in D23 - not so much grain, but "muddy" tones, and stand developed in Rodinal 1+100 for one hour - the grain was like golf balls! Not sure what I will do with the other 29 metres !! I'll give it a whirl in Caffenol, I might even get to like it, but I'm not optimistic !!

1948 Agfa Karat 12, f2.8/50mm Schneider Xenar lens, x2 yellow filter. Foma Retro 320 at box speed in Foma Retro special developer, 4mins 30 secs @20C. scanned @2400dpi on Epson V500

tiltdesign2011, Tom Angelo, Cliff Furnald (RootsWorld) and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


9 comments - The latest ones
Robert Warren
Robert Warren
Its a very nice composition. Très champêtre! I am sure you will find a way to get the best out of this film.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Robert Warren
Robert, thanks for the encouragement! I can see that it has artistic possibilities, - the problem is that, I'm no artist !!
3 years ago.
Falling Thru The Lens ... Goodbye...
Falling Thru The Len…
Sigh, the risks of experimentation :-) It looks fine to me on my screen, but you can see the actual photo. For what it's worth, I've noticed that I tend to prefer more grain in some images than others, although I couldn't specify exactly what those are.
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette
Mikeinlagardette
FTTL, thanks for commenting! You are spot on about different kinds of photos, - what I said to Robert really- I think for technical and architectural subjects finer grain works best, and if I'm honest, that's what most of my pics are about !!

Still I've got plenty of film to practice with the artistic side of my nature ;-( !!
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Tom Angelo
Tom Angelo
It is not your usual brilliant B&W contrast and tones but I really like this image. Subtle tones and a bit of grain. I think you chose just the right subject for this kind of image !
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Tom Angelo
Tom, thanks for the encouragement! Yes, I will use this film, but as you say, be a bit more selective about the subject matter!
3 years ago.
Tom Angelo has replied to Mikeinlagardette
You must have misunderstood my comment ... I think the subject matter you chose is excellent !
3 years ago.
Mikeinlagardette has replied to Tom Angelo
Tom, my fault!
I did understand your kind comment, but my reply was carelessly worded. I was speaking in general, about perhaps taking more care matching the subject to the film/developer, - something I'm very lazy about !! Sorry for the confusion !

Best, Mike
3 years ago.
Tom Angelo has replied to Mikeinlagardette
Lazy ?? I think you are one of the most meticulous B&W processors on this site ... keep it up !!
3 years ago.