Frugal Film Project – Kevin Dillon – January



I’m not quite sure what to make of my results as this month was only about making sure the equipment worked, getting back into processing (after an absence of MANY years) and trying developers and films I’ve never used. The bitter cold this past week put a damper on getting outside to shoot anything of interest, so I just grabbed some flowers, a piece of blue poster board and went about trying the gear I picked for the project.



Back in my HS days (37+ yrs ago) , my film of choice was Tri-X souped in D-76, then printed using Dektol, so this whole project is one big experiment. 😉


For this roll I shot: Ultrafine Xtreme 400 (rumored to be Kentmere) – On some photos I used a yellow filter just to see how it affected the rendition of the various colors in the flowers.



Processing was done in Rodinal 1:25 @ 68 degrees for 7:30 minutes – I picked 1:25 as a matter of expedience because I was so short on time. Perhaps next month I’ll try stand or semi-stand development? Temperature was controlled via sous-vide


Scans were made on my Epson Perfection 370, and I’m still not sure of which settings I should be using, so I just winged it. In the past I sent my film out for processing and printing, so scanning B&W is a whole new game.


No contrast or sharpness adjustments were applied, I only cropped to take out any misalignment in the negative holder.


Hopefully the weather this next month will allow me to get outside to shoot something actually interesting, versus cheap flowers in a vase?


Camera – Minolta SRT-SCII

Lenses – Minolta MD 50mm f2

Vivitar 28mm f2.8 close focus – Komine

Soligor 135mm f3.5 (Tokina)

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1 thought on “Frugal Film Project – Kevin Dillon – January

  1. Great results with the ultrafine, I’ve got some I haven’t shot yet.

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