This series is a follow up on Alex, my cousin, and Laura’s a wedding. The digital shots can be seen in an older post called Ten Portraits and a Wedding. These where taken using a completely mechanical Nikon fm slr with a manual focus 50mm f/1.4 using kodak 3200 ISO Black and white film. I finally had the time to develop and scan the roll recently and I’m sorry to say I’m fairly disappointed with the results. The incredibly high amount of grain, rendering the photos more impressionistic than documentary, has in turn rendered me slightly disenchanted from the idea of using film. I was of course expecting some amount of grain in the images, it was an aesthetic I looked forward to pushing, but I wasn’t expecting everything I shot to be represented as some sort of extravagant sand sculpture. Each shot is followed by its copy with some light room adjustments. All I really did is go to the ‘noise reduction tab and boosted the luminance bar close to 100%. You lose contrast and sharpness doing this but in this case its better than nothing.
Its been a while since i could find the time to develop. Having finally finished a post modern assignment, one that has been hanging over my head like a bad sensory perception, I decided to develop the black and white film that’s been waiting patiently in the Nikon fm for ages now.
This was meant to be an experiment. I wanted to try pushing the Kodak tmax 400 to 1600 iso. I like the idea of sacrificing some mid tones for higher contrast. This turned the developing time from 15 minutes to a more tedious half hour, but i was pleased with the results.
Reviewing the content of the shots i began to see a trend, or is it a running theme? Enough with this essay lingo.
DRINKS WITH FRIENDS AT THE ORIENT HOTEL
DRINKS WITHOUT FRIENDS AT THE ALIBI ROOM
DRINKS WITH FAMILY
CLIMBING AT KANGAROO POINT
DRINKS AFTER CLIMBING AT KANGAROO POINT