Single frame… Chimneys, Long Eaton

Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019Chimneys, Long Eaton, April 2019
Olympus OM-20, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8, 1/250s, f11 – Foma Retropan 320
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 10 mins at 20°c.

It’s taken me over a year to finish this roll of Foma Retropan 320 and although the results are better than the roll I shot in Norfolk last year (in the then on loan Fujica GW 690) I still don’t think I’ll be rushing to buy any more…

This roll only had one damaged frame but the lack of contrast and ‘fluffy’ grain still aren’t to my taste. If anyone has any tips for exposing and/or developing this film to get the best out of it then please let me know…

Monochrome Monday… Morston Quay

Morston Quay, September 2019Morston Quay, September 2019
Fujica GW690 – 1/250s, f11, – Foma Retropan 320

An image from my first (and apart from a roll currently loaded in my Olympus OM20, possibly my last) roll of Foma Retropan 320…

I’ve not heard many positive reports of this film, with a number of people saying that it’s very lacking in contrast… I’d agree with that (although maybe a grey day on the North Norfolk coast isn’t an entirely fair test) but it also seems to be very easily damaged, about half of the shots are pretty much unusable due to what look like smears on the emulsion. Other films shot and processed at the same time as this roll (mainly Ilford Delta 400) are perfectly fine with just the occasional dust spot.

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.