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Subject: [Leica] FW: Black and White C41 Film
From: banacloj at (Juan Gea-Banacloche)
Date: Tue Sep 21 17:30:05 2004
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A beautiful expression. And I think your image shows very nice tones.
I keep developing my negatives out of stubbornness, but the truth is 
the C41 B&W film gives excellent results-- plus you can get the scanned 
CD at enough resolution to post on the web.
Some people prefer to shoot color and then scan and convert to B&W, but 
I have been unable to do that. I either look and think in B&W or in 
color. It's probably a matter of practice...
Anyway, very nice shot. I am sure she likes it!

On Sep 21, 2004, at 6:03 PM, JAMES NICHOLS wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> To:
> Sent: 9/21/2004 12:26:55 PM
> Subject: Black and White C41 Film
> Comparing results with C41 B&W to the results I got with Plus-X, Super 
> XX, and Tri-X in the 1950s and 60s when I had my own darkroom, I have 
> been somewhat disappointed.  Though, without a darkroom, it appears to 
> be the most convenient way to shoot B&W.  However, after pulling the 
> image below from a cluttered negative taken amid the confusion of a 
> wedding rehearsal supper, I find that, if I do my job, the film will 
> take care of itself.  The image shows the bride-to-be, my 
> granddaughter, in a reflective mood after a busy day, with an even 
> busier day ahead.
> Leica IIIf RD, Summitar 5cm f/2.0
> Exposure 1/50 at f/2.8
> Kodak BW400-2
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