29th January 2024userSteffi

Photo series: A winter day, captured on Kodak TRI-X 400 film

It's winter time, finally! I waited a long time for the first snow to fall so that I could go out and photograph snowy winter landscapes.

After very freezing days and lots of snow, it was the right time to take some nice black and white pictures and capture the beauty of nature.

A few years ago, I bought a lot of expired Kodak TRI-X 400 films at a good price. These are still not used up, so I decided to use the film for a few b/w images. I took all pictures with the Minolta XD-7 or the Canon 50e camera.

In the following picture galleries, I will show you some of the photos I did during my walks.

Developing Kodak TRI-X film with ADOX XT-3

I developed all the films myself at home. I like the analog process and really enjoy the time it takes to develop the images. I recently discovered the b/w film developer ADOX XT-3 and I like the combination with the TRI-X a lot. The XT-3 is based on the formula of Xtol, which I have never used before. It is a powder chemistry with 2 components and has several advantages, e.g. it is borate-free and dissolves within 2-3 minutes.

The development time for the Kodak TRI-X film and an exposure index of ISO 800 in the XT-3 (1+1) developer was 10 minutes at 20°C in a small Jobo spiral tank. For the exposure index of ISO 400 I had a development time of 8:45 minutes. I agitated the tank continuously for the first 30 seconds and then at 30-second intervals for 5 seconds at a time.

On another winter day, I also took a few photos on my way to work. It was a cold, snowy morning, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and the amazing views.

The snow had already started to melt, and I took the opportunity to take a few last pictures with snow impressions. I went back to the nature reserve near the Wakenitz and found a nice spot in the middle of the woods to take some photos. There was still a bit of snow, as you can see in the next pictures.

These were taken with the Canon 50e camera and the Canon EF 24-105mm 1:4.0 L IS USM lens, which allows me to make some medium-telephoto images.

I also brought my pinhole camera Harman Titan 4x5 to this photo session and took some pictures.

Maybe more about that in another article later, but here's an example. It was taken on Ilford HP5+ ISO 400 sheet film at an aperture of F206 and an exposure time of 8s.

It was great fun to go out again and take some time to photograph. I am very happy with the results and with the newly discovered developer XT-3, which works very well with the Kodak TRI-X 400 film.

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