Delaware Camera finally got my negatives back to me, a week after I dropped them off. These were an odd bunch, and I'm frankly surprised so many turned out alright. I'm chalking this up to the crazy dynamic range of black and white negative film. There's a ton of room for error. Still, trying to shoot 100 rated film in low-light conditions is flirting with disaster, and most of them aren't exposed properly.
I sort of love the look of the T-Max. It's a strong, contrasty aesthetic that transforms the most mundane scenes into something vaguely profound. I'm going to order a box of 4x5 T-Max for portraits and landscapes soon.
Now if you aren't familiar with Easter in Buffalo, it's essentially an opportunity for all us Polish Americans to trot out our ethnic pride for a week. Buried deep in the city's desolate East Side is the indoor Broadway Market, an old cement building filled with pierogi, golabki and horseradish of all kinds. It's awesome.
I went with my mom (pictured sneakily in the foreground of the above photo) and struggled to handhold the Minolta with slow film in the low light. The pictures turned out better than I'd expected.
I ate a sausage sandwich and we bought kraut, meat, and a couple butter lambs. All in all, a successful day.
I burned off the rest of the roll at my folk's house and at the Ohio gas station I posted about last week.
I'd love to shoot some more T-Max on larger formats, and then develop it myself. The look is just beautiful, and it's a very forgiving film, so long as you take into account its glacial speed.