Olympus Trip 35 and Ferrania P30 Alpha in LegacyPro L110

Bike and power lines

As I continue to practice developing black and white film, I’m shooting up my film stock. I tend to hang onto special films waiting for the perfect reason to use them. Perfect never comes and then the film expires. Nuts to that!

I’m also cycling through my cameras to make sure they all get a little use now and then. That’s how I came to put my last roll of Ferrania P30 Alpha into my Olympus Trip 35. I’ve never shot black and white in the Trip before!

Because I developed my last roll of P30 in Rodinal, this time I used LegacyPro L110, an HC-110 clone, in Dilution H (1+63). Let’s just tweak all of the variables!

I’m not blown away by these results. They’re all soft, even after sharpening as much as I dared in Photoshop. Shadows tended to black. And for whatever reason I was incapable of holding the camera level, although that’s easily fixed in Photoshop.

Here are some of the photos, the ones I think turned out best. The subjects aren’t anything special, just stuff I shot around the neighborhood. I was especially fixated on the high-power lines that run through here.

Under the base
Power lines

I just finished a roll of Arista Premium 100, said to be rebranded Kodak Plus-X, in my Zeiss Ikon Contessa LK. Photos to come!

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9 responses to “Olympus Trip 35 and Ferrania P30 Alpha in LegacyPro L110”

  1. Lone Primate Avatar
    Lone Primate

    I particularly like the houses with the hydro tower in the background. It has the air of a sci-fi shot revealing the invisible monster that’s been there all along, positioned for the signal to strike. There’s something about B&W photography… Even at its most innocent, it has the air of a depper, sobering reality to it lacking in the colour we see everyday.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve made a bunch of photos this summer of houses with those towers as the backdrop. I’m thinking of doing a photo book of this vinyl village and the towers will be a feature.

  2. brandib1977 Avatar

    That one of the electric tower really proves there is beauty everywhere if you know how to look for it. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m hard pressed to call the electric towers beautiful!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        Lol. I know! But look at the patterns here. Not so pretty cluttering up our landscape in real life but it’s very cool here!

  3. Joe shoots resurrected cameras Avatar

    P30 is tricky to scan sometimes, so it’s possible your scanner isn’t focusing properly. Something to do with the size of the grain I think. I’ve had problems with that myself.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks for that perspective. I’m out of P30 now, so it won’t be a worry going forward!

  4. arhphotographic Avatar

    Nice film, nice camera, nice results😊

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Why thank you! It was fun to get the Trip out again.

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