My Foray into B&W Film

I got my first roll of B&W film back. This is the first roll I've shot since the early 90's. If you follow this sparsely posted blog you will know that I resurrected my Konica FC-1 about 8 weeks ago and decided to order some B&W film through Amazon. I order 2x36 exposures of Ilford Delta 400 and 2x36 exposures of Fuji Neopan Acros 100. Since this was the first time I had used my Konica in at least 20 years I wanted to start with something simple.

It took me about 6 weeks to shoot the 36 exposures. I liked that film camera made me slow down my photography. I’ve never been a rapid-fire shooter anyway, but using film made me more aware of how and what I photograph; and forced me to spend more time seeing.

I had the film developed through London Drugs here on the Island and instead of having prints made, I elected to have high resolution images scanned to CD. The results are shown below without any editing. In general I’m happy with the results. But I’ve noticed a few common threads in either the way the film records dynamic lighting conditions or the exposure selection I made on certain images.

I like the range of tones in the image of the desk and the ferry terminal image. In many of the other images I was dealing with bright sunny days and on those images the sky looks blown out. It is possible that I may have slightly over exposed those shots as well.

All in all I'm happy with the first roll of film. Next I'm on to the Fuji Neopan Acros 100.