Like most modern families who spend all week at work or school, the weekends are a time of either catching up with everything in readiness for the following week, such as laundry, ironing, cleaning, car repairs, house repairs and so on, or they involve trying to get at least some family time in before the wheel starts all over again like taking the kids swimming and to the park maybe, with the bare essentials of the ironing and cleaning done. We worked it this way over this past weekend when the winter sunshine was as bright as could be…not a cloud in the sky. Glorious. Perfect for some Fuji Provia slide film with my Hasselblad. But, it was never going to be that way, was it.
By the time I’d done all my necessary Dad Duties, and I actually managed to find about 1.5 to 2 hours where I could nip out with my camera, despite the fact was shining as I left the house, just 10 minutes later it was covered in a sheet of featureless, dull, grey sky!! I could have screamed.
But, fortunately I at least had one roll of Kodak Tri-X 400 on me. So the slide film stayed in the bag, and the Tri-X went into the Hasselblad 501CM. I began my trek, which was only a short 3 or 4 mile walk around some local fields and woods. Nothing overly inspiring, but I was determined to get at least some photographs this weekend.
I exposed the film at EI800 (a 1 stop push) to give a bit of a contrast boost, and also used an orange Lee filter to further add contrast to an otherwise totally flat-lighted situation. I then developed the film using Ilford Ilfotec DD-X for 10 minutes, instead of 8, to make up for the push. These were the best of the bunch. Better than nothing, but not a great use of a £5 roll of film!