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Subject: [Leica] Namibia - Sossusvlei
From: benedenia at (Marty Deveney)
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 08:58:02 +0930
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Yes, you make these choices beforehand.  I chose Plus-X, Tri-X and TMZ
to cover a range of speeds (you can end up shooting at 1/1000 and f16
with Tri-X by mid-morning in most of these places, but I also have
some shots by fire/candlilight coming later), to aid in x-ray and heat
resistance (experience has shown that Kodak films handle this best)
and good latency (Tri-X is kind here, but I needed the range of speeds
- it was 3 months before I could get these developed and I knew it
would be that long).  I use Xtol because I like it best - fine grain,
good speed, no weird tonal surprises.  I have access to good water so
I don't get failures or oddities, although I can relate one amusing
story after I've shown all these photos.

Had APX 25 still existed, i'd have taken some of that.  I find Efke
all too often has problems, not caused by me, on my favourite frames.

When I wet print these I'll use Oriental Seagull and develop in a
glycin print developer.


On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 8:29 AM, George Lottermoser <imagist3 at> 
> Absolutely true (re: can't carry everything).
> And it all depends on the ultimate purpose of the image.
> And also true (re: missing grain) that,
> while the grainy skies remind me of why I loved large format landscapes on
> film,
> the grain on many film shooters posts
> remind me of why I loved 35 mm tri-x.
> ;~)
> I must say that the current state of digital imaging
> really does provide an extreme degree of flexibility
> in how one wishes the final image to appear in print
> through post processing;
> while in the film days
> most of the decisions had to be made
> at the point of choosing format and film and processing.
> Regards,
> George Lottermoser
> george at
> On Apr 19, 2010, at 5:49 PM, Marty Deveney wrote:
>> George - the cloud/separation tonality does bug me, but carrying a
>> bigger camera was out of the question. ?I'd probably take a D3x next
>> time, but then I'd probably miss the grain - you can't have
>> everything.
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