Pushing film

Had the chance to get out of the office last month to Madrid for a business trip. I don’t normally go to nice places… usually small industrial areas where there isn’t much to do aside work. But every once in awhile i do get the chance break the usual scheme and actually enjoy my time away from home and this was one of those cases.

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Madrid 2016

I’ve recently been a lot more dedicated to developing my own film and have already been experimenting a little with up and down results.

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Madrid 2016

The outcome of these trials are more due to the steep learning curve of how to behave when you are shooting pushed film. Contrast is way higher than usual and you have to keep that in mind at all times. Of course the benefit of having more range and shooting in dark areas and later hours is tremendous so i think it’s still worth it.

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Madrid 2016

I could’ve never imagined to get something out of a shot like this with a 400 film. Really surprised by the potential.

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Madrid 2016
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Madrid 2016

Love the contrast where i the situation was able to let you take advantage of it.

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Madrid 2016
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Madrid 2016

Of course the downside is the loss of detail in the shadows. Had i known that i would have shot this differently and tried to get something more oriented towards getting the potential out of the behavior of the film. But i had the roll in from the night before, so that didn’t help. This would be the benefit of having a second body or a Zenza Bronica where you can remove the film mid roll.

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Madrid Airport – 2016

I have plenty of film now at home. Bought quite a lot from a what i already know is going to be my favorite shop in Naples. Good prices, close to friendly owner, interesting film (like the Agfa Retro S 80). Tomorrow i’m getting up early, or at least that’s the plan, to shoot in old Taranto. Wish me luck on with my alarm clock.

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Hotel Elevator Selfie – 2016
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