Night images shot with film

The weather has been rainy all week so I didn’t do any images (with the exception of a few shots with the Ricoh GX200). So, it was time once again to browse though my archives and I stumbled upon three photos taken at night with film. I have actually made very few images at night using my film cameras, for that I usually rely on my digital gear since instant preview can be really helpful at night.


The above image is a about four years old and was taken with a Leica M6 with Kodak TMAX 100 film. Exposure was two minutes (its really useful to note down the EXIF when shooting film, in this case I should also have written down my meter’s reading so that I can see if my exposure compensation for reciprocity failure was correct). Judging by the number of sunstars I probably used my 1960’s Elmar 50mm f/2.8 collapsible lens, which has 12 aperture blades.


This was also taken with the Leica M6 and the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 lens. Film was Ilford HP5 pushed at 800 ISO.


This last image was taken with the Plaubel Makina 67 while I was on a boat. The film was again HP5 pushed at ISO 800.

HP5 is a film that I used a lot before I switched to the classic TRI-X 400. It’s a film I will soon start using a lot again since I have ordered two 4×5 packs to use with my Sinar Norma view camera (when the lensboards arrive, I hope due next week).

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