Angel guiding the way

Angel guiding the way
Kodak T-Max 100

As I’ve been learning how to develop black-and-white film at home, I’ve stuck to 120 film and have mostly used my Yashica-12 TLR. The more I use the 12, the more I enjoy it.

I took half an afternoon off because of personal business that found me on Indianapolis’s Far Northside. I brought the 12 along and stopped at a couple favorite places I don’t visit much since I moved to Zionsville. One of them is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, which has lots of lovely scenes to photograph.

I love this little statue of the angel lighting the way and have photographed it several times. The TLR with its peer-down viewfinder easily let me get right down onto its level for a straight-on shot.

I processed this film at home in Rodinal. Everybody says Rodinal brings out the grain, but this looks plenty smooth to me.

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single frame: Angel guiding the way



12 thoughts on “single frame: Angel guiding the way

  1. If it makes you feel any better, I don’t think I ever developed a roll of 120, large format, 5×4 in my student days.
    Hopefully tomorrow as I’m stuck at home on sick leave, I will developing my first 120 from a Zeiss Ikon Nettar.

    • Thank you! I opened the lens fairly wide to get a fast shutter speed for shallow depth of field, but I forget the exact settings. I know some photographers who log all of that for every frame but I’m not one of ’em!

  2. Doesn’t get better than that. My favorite combo for medium format for a long time was Acros 100 in Rodinal. I think I’ve just got two rolls left, so I’ll have to look at some alternatives.

    • The previous roll I shot and developed in Rodinal was Acros. It was lovely. The T-Max is proving lovely as well. The only thing I might wish for is blacker blacks, I do love inky blacks. But I’m getting good grays across the “spectrum” in Rodinal with both of these films and that’s wonderful.

      I got some flak for choosing Rodinal – “you’ll get golf balls for grain” – but that’s not proving to be true with these modern emulsions. I am curious to try some Tri-X in Rodinal and see what kind of grain I get. I have two rolls in 120 on ice.

      • I have developed TMax 100 in Rodinal in the past and grain was not a problem. However the most grainy images I ever produced were 35mm Tri-X in Rodinal. Medium format Tri-X in Rodinal was gritty but OK if the image suited being gritty.

        • Well now I want to see for myself! I must be patient: master 120 developing first, before moving to 35mm! One thing at a time!

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