I normally don’t do reruns, but this is a special case. I’m revisiting this image because it was originally published this past November on James’ Weekend Reflections — the week before I discovered The Monochrome Weekend and missed the cut. I put a larger image up this time (I finally figured out how to do that — duh). Just click to enlarge.
Of all the B&W images I’ve shot over the years, this may well be my favorite. It’s in my top 10 in any case. I used an inexpensive point and shoot Olympus Stylus Epic with a 35mm f/2.8 lens loaded with Kodak C-41 process B&W film.
I haven’t used C-41 B&W (for a few years) since I discovered Diafine and began developing all my own film. I bought a couple rolls of Kodak’s newest version last week. Now all I need is a one hour lab that runs a clean line.
Not as sharp as “real” B&W film, but the Kodak C-41 B&W (and Ilford XP2) has great tonality and amazing exposure tolerance. It’s excellent for portraits and the tones in this photo have me wanting more of the same.
Rather than repeat the story behind this photo, I invite you to jump over to the original post, Reflections: The Solitary Hour Before Dawn. I’ll give you a hint. This was the ultimate grab shot. I couldn’t even use the viewfinder. I got lucky again.