Happy Birthday, Kodak Tri-X

Kodak Tri-X, as a concept, has been around since the 1940’s when it was a 200 ISO b&w sheet film. Because it was their first fast film, when Kodak released the 400 ISO roll film version, the Tri-X name was maintained. Just like Kodak TMAX P3200 revolutionized low light photography in 1989, Tri-X was an […]

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Yashica A, In Use

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my new-to-me, super cheapie antique-store-find Yashica A.  Last week, I burned my first 5 rolls of Kodak Tri-X in it as a test drive and man, what a test drive it was! Every year, my wife hosts a Fall Family Photo session on our friends’ beautifully rustic property in […]

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New Kodak Backing Paper

A few weeks ago, I picked up a Yashica A TLR and was eager to test it.  I bought a fresh 5- roll-box of Kodak Tri-X 120. When I opened the film, I was surprised to see that the backing paper design was different and had a waxy sheen to it.  I found that, in […]

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Grain is Not a Dirty Word

Photographers typically call an image “grainy” or “too grainy” like these words are inherently negative.  Just like they will say something is “tack sharp” as if this is an inherently positive attribute.  Is blue a bad color?  Is a line better than a circle?  Is “quality” only “low” and “high”? These associations of traits with […]

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