single frame: View from the hotel window

View from a 15th-floor hotel window

View from the hotel window
Nikon F3, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor
Kodak T-Max P3200

I just love how much definition the T-Max P3200 delivered at night through our Chicago hotel window. Just look at the cars in the glowing parking garage! They’re so clear you can almost tell what make and model some of them are.

If you’re looking at this on a computer monitor rather than on your phone or tablet, you can see how even at this larger size the considerable grain doesn’t detract at all from the image.


12 responses to “single frame: View from the hotel window”

  1. Doug Anderson Avatar

    I usually don’t obsess about materials and process but this is so much better than my results with Tmax-3200 that I have to ask what ISO and developer was this?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I shot it at 3200. Old School Photo Lab processed and scanned the film. I don’t know what developer they use. OSPL does wonderful b/w work.

      1. Doug Anderson Avatar

        Thanks! So probably something like HC-110. I shot the last roll I tried at 3200 and developed it in Rodinal (1+50) as if it was a two stop push. The grain was much more pronounced than in your photo. I think I might buy another 36-exposure roll, load it into two cassettes, and develop one in Rodinal (1+100) stand and the other in Ilfotec DD-X per Ilford’s recommendation.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Isn’t Rodinal known for enhancing grain?

        2. Doug Anderson Avatar

          Yes, it is. If I start shooting faster films because of trouble holding a camera steady, I may need another developer besides my favorite Rodinal.

  2. Christopher May Avatar
    Christopher May


    What ISO did you shoot the P3200 at?

    The grain is very appealing. There’s an aesthetic that really works for your Chicago shots that you utilized very well.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for your compliment — truth is, this was the first time I shot this film and had no idea of its characteristics. I was very lucky to get these results

  3. analogphotobug Avatar

    Howdy! You’ve reminded me how much I miss living in the Midwest. I grew up in Cincinnati and spent 4 years in Chicago. I’m just a MId-western Gal!

    I brought some Ilford 3200 with me to Phoenix, but haven’t been out at night to do photography. Waiting for those longer spring evenings and rides in the Mountains…..

  4. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    High speed B&W and big cities just seen to go together nicely.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Sure worked out in Chicago!

  5. susanJOY Hosken Avatar
    susanJOY Hosken

    Jim, I like the way you write points of appreciation of the photo. It helps to draw my attention

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you for being so encouraging!

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