By Tom Sebastiano
In September, I shot my first roll of Ferrania’s new P30 Alpha black and white film – the results of which you can see here. I developed this first roll using Tetenal Paranol S – a developer that I was using at the time. Since then, I have changed chemistry to Kodak TMAX developer and so, for this second roll of P30, I was not able to follow my original recipe.
After a bit of head scratching and research I finally settled on:
- Develop with Kodak TMAX Developer (1:4 Dilution) for 7:15 minutes at 20ºC with continuous inversion for the first 15 seconds then 5 inversions every 30 seconds thereafter
- Stop with Kodak Professional Stop for 30 seconds at 20ºC
- Fix with Kodak Professional TMAX Fixer for 5 minutes at room temperature
- Wash for 10 minutes
- Scanned on an Epson V500
Looking at both sets of negatives side by side, the film that was developed using Paranol S shows more contrast while the film developed with the Kodak TMAX looks lighter with more mid-tones. I couldn’t say that one developer is better than the other as there are too many variables to even begin a true comparison – only that both recipes worked well enough to produce satisfactory photos.
I shot model Talie Eigeland at box speed ISO 80 in moderately bright evening light. The back streets of Dalston, East London were, by then, either in soft shadow or glowing golden-hour light. For exposure, I metered from her skin using the camera’s spot meter +2 stops and confirming with the odd incident reading from a handheld meter. Most frames were shot at ƒ5.6 with an 85mm Zeiss Planar ƒ1.4 lens on a CONTAX S2.
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All words and images copyright Tom Sebastiano. This article was first published on Tom’s blog invernodreaming.com.