A New Start

I used to joke that our 105-year old house was staying just six months ahead of the wrecking ball. Then a year went by during which health issues kept me from doing any work on it at all. It was time to sell the house and move somewhere that we could live on one floor and not have to do any exterior work, including mowing a lawn or shoveling snow. We were fortunate that a booming real estate market let us sell the house in one week to a real estate developer and in the same week buy a condominium unit in a 55+ gated development just ten minutes away from the old place. As I told my friends, i wanted to move but I didn’t want to go anywhere. We negotiated a short term lease of the old house while a builder did a major rehab of the 50-year old unit.

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“New” Tri-X in Rodinal – Who Knew?


In an effort to simplify my hybrid film workflow I experimented with a variety of films, developers, and scanning and post-processing techniques, but I did so in a haphazard manner and didn’t come up with any clear answers. I’d just about given up when I hit on the idea of simplifying one thing at a time, and finally everything fell into place.

[SPOILER: The answer turned out to be Tri-X, developed in Rodinal, scanned as RAW with a digital camera, and post-processed with nothing more than inverting, setting the black and white levels and adjusting the gamma.]

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