I’ve never had much luck with Ilford HP5+ in 35mm; my scans always had too much grain for my taste, and I didn’t like the tonality. Shooting in medium format (at an exposure index of 250 instead of the box speed of 400)  I am liking the results better!

Trinity College Entrance


Rolleiflex E3 with 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
HP5+ film at E.I. 250, developed in TMax Developer
1+9 for 14 minutes @ 20 C


Arriving in the Photo

Yesterday morning I was taking some images of the stairs that lead to pedestrian bridge over the DVP in Riverdale. I was trying to get the focus just right (not always easy with my middle-aged eyes) and at the last moment a figure arrived in the frame. An accident, but I like the result.

Figure at top of stairs


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Tri-X developed in Xtol 1+1 for 9 minutes @ 20 C



Another image created with my Zeiss Sonnar 50/1.5 lens (on my Contax IIIa rangefinder). At a wide aperture (in this case f2) this is not a sharp lens, and it has a focus shift that makes it a challenge to work with. I do like its atmosphere though.



Contax IIIa, Zeiss Sonnar 50mm/1.5 lens
Svema Foto 100 film, developed in Xtol 1+1 for 10 minutes @ 20 C

First From the Rolleiflex

My first blog post with an image with the new (to me) Rolleiflex. This camera is a work of art! Part of the allure of film photography for me is using classic cameras like this; the experience of image creation is as important as the end result.

Tree in Churchyard


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film, developed in Rodinal 1+50 for 13.5 min @ 20 C