A weblog by Jack Baty

I forgot I wasn't going to shoot any film this year

Jack Baty

It's not that I made a promise or anything, but I had no intention of shooting film in 2021. I put away my scanning rig, stored the chemicals, and placed the cameras on a shelf.

I've been so excited by the new Leica SL2-S that I figured I'd just spend my time with that camera for a while. You know how I am, though. I picked up the M6 and saw that it was loaded with film and couldn't help myself. That camera just begs to be used, once you touch it.

Anyway, I made a few mirror self-portraits, annoyed the dog, and documented the state of my desk. The usual mundane stuff one shoots when bored and holding a camera during a pandemic in winter.

I finished the roll of Tri-X, shot at ISO 800, and processed it in HC-110. I love HC-110 because it lasts forever on the shelf, and is easy to mix and use. I'm no longer experimenting with various developers and processes. They all look basically the same to me, and HC-110 is cheap and easy.

Here's a few from the roll. Scanned on the V750 using SilverFast's new version 9.

It remains to be seen how much film I shoot, but I've dusted off the gear and I'm ready for whenever the mood strikes.

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