Discussion in 'Black and White' started by patrick_s|2, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. I am taking a vacation to Death Valley in two weeks and am looking
    for a black and white landscape film/developer combo to try out. I
    will probably bring some Delta 100 and tri-x...any suggestions?


  2. LF B&W landscape is just about all I do. I use 4x5 Tri-X and XTOL 1:3. This works well for me. YMMV of course.

    Enjoy Death Valley. It's nice this time of year.
  3. What format? Will you be using filters?
  4. I went there in mid-February last year and got some nice results on 120 using Agfa Scala as a negative film rated at ISO 100.
  5. db1


    APX 100 rated at 64 and then developed in Rodinal 1+100 for 15 minutes at 68 degrees.
  6. Just to throw a spanner in the works...

    Have you also considered taking out something different that's 'wild & wonderful'??? Like Kodak HIE High Speed Infrared (assuming you're shooting 35mm).

    I'm sure with the renowned temperature of that place combined with the geography you'll get something really different and cool (no pun intended).

    Stu :)

    PS. If you have not shot Kodak HIE before, e-mail me off list and I'll post you a quick guide to how to use it.
  7. I am grateful for the helpful replies to my post. To answer the query on my equiptment, I have a Hasselblad, with 60 and 150mm lenses. Also a cannon elan 7, with a 100mm macro and a 300mm. The only filters I have, however, are a red #25, and a some odds and ends of warming filters.

    Last time I shot landscapes, as I have only recently started taking photographs again in the last six months, I used APX 25. I just can't believe that is gone now...

    Patrick Shea
  8. If the weather is relatively clear, the filter factor for a red filter in Death Valley will need to be raised a bit, and contrast will be quite high. Give plenty of exposure, but back on development to adjust.

    For sand shot on 120 film, I would avoid Tri-X. Ilford Delta 100 with XTOL 1:2 works well, but the film should be rated at about 150 for that combination. Ilford Pan F+ is also very good.
  9. Oops. Should be:

    ...but back off [reduce] development to adjust.
  10. Death Valey is not known for it's dark, overcast skies? So I would take the slowest film I could get. Ilford PanF, EFKE R25 (don't use a red filter with this), Kodak technical pan...
    I would develop the "normal" films in FX-2, probably with stand development to control the contrast. Konica IR is another interesting film I'd probably bring a roll of, same processing.
  11. Whatever film and developer you choose, I would do some tests to determine correct film speed and development times for your equipment. Someone else's development times may not work for you. It just seems kind of risky to shoot maybe once in a lifetime shots with
    a film and developer combination you are not familiar with.
  12. I know you were asking about b/w, but here's a thought: try some Konica 50 in the 'blad.
  13. Ilford Pan-F and FP4 in Acutol.....
  14. Ditto what someone else has already advised - use what you're accustomed to. You don't have enough time now to master new films and processing. If you're familiar with Delta 100 and Tri-X, use 'em.
  15. I have had my best results with Agfa 100 in Rodinal 1:50 in my Hasselblad. I have tried a lot of different developers with this film but really like Rodinal. Good luck.
  16. I am beginning to love kodak tech pan 25, but the developing chemicals and the film is very sensitive and it takes experience with it to get right(at least with me). But the pictorial effects and detail are great. I also love IR film.

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