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Old 01-31-2003, 11:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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shooting with tri-x. I have always shot either color print or color slide. Thinking of using Tri-X on a project soon and would like some imput on how well it worked in different situations. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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I've always had real good luck using Tri x and developing in HC110, I also like the Ilford FP-4 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 02-01-2003, 11:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ah.... B&W film, the thing I miss most when shooting digital.....

I never messed much with the tri-x usually I was a TMAXX shooter in the 400 and 3200 ISO's. Love getting that completely as my friend says, "F'd up contrasty levels or something" with 3200. But I can say this, if you ever shot tmaxx 400 figure tri-x is giving you a tad more contrast by about 1/2 a stop. Developing times arn't much different. But if you want, try that 3200 and kinda sing to yourself in your best Quiet Riot fashion, "Come on feel the grain" [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Below image shot with 3200 around sundown when NJ became London for a day [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]


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There's a reason Tri-X has been around for a thousand years, it works. It's forgiving in exposure, it's easily bushed up to about 3200 (I've actually shot it at 6400!), it has wondereful tones and can be developed in chicken soup! Actually Tri_X and D-76 (at 1:1) were made to work together. It has a softer but somewhat more visible grain than T-Max and at least to me, a better 'look'.

When light is below what I call "bright", tri X is what I personally prefer to use. When light is bright or in the studio with strobes, I go for its cousin, plus X. I sometime shoot in ta studio setting using only modeling lights. When I do, I prefer tri-X rated from 1200 to 3200.


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As a photojournalist, I've shot miles of Tri-x over the years. I've developed it all sorts of ways under all conditions. It's the tank of films, always dependable, an industry standard until everybody went digital a few years ago.

My preferences were always D-76 for anything up to 800 ISO and Acufine after that.

It has no problems with almost any lighting conditions. Without knowing something more specific it would be hard to advise you. I can add this, some photogs swear the true speed of 35mm Tri-X is 320.
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Clint,

Last night, after filing the post below, I dreamed I had quit my job at this paper, closed my studio and quit the TV gig,all in a fit of pique, to return to the first daily I had worked for in Pampa, Texas. Now 20 years older, I had stepped back into the same job and was back hand processing Tri-X in a darkroom that used to be the publisher's bathroom.

Pampa is in the Texas Panhandle, literally at the edge of the Great Plains. North of town it is just wheat fields and pump jacks stretching on forever. Hell, it's almost ... Kansas.

There's an old saying in Pampa: "Tain't nothin' to stop the cold from Canada 'ceptin' the barbed wire. And it ain't doin' much of a job."

Lotsa nice people up north. They just have the good sense God gave a bird to get out of the cold.
Pyschologically scarred,
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gonna use it for canids for a friends wedding. You know her and her mom putting on the headdress. the groom having his mom tie his tie. that type stuff. It was the latitude that drew me to using the tri-x cause I really didn't want to use much flash, but rather put a 250 watt lamp in a corner and point it at the ceiling to illuminate the room
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I shoot a lot weddings with that and live in VA where most weddings take place between 2-10 and the lighting conditions are less than ideal, for that reason I use 3200 at 1250 and developed at 3200, it will give nice contrast and good grain.

For portraits or on bright light use 400 at 320

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