Finally, after an entire box worth of Arista EDU 400, I got to a comfortable place with my Crown Graphic. I replaced the lens that was sticking, and I rated the film at 100: boom. Success! And oh no, they are out of that film at Freestyle! So, tho my heart (and bank account) quaked, I ordered some Tri-X 4×5. This means, of course, that I have to figure out how to rate the film all over again, and it feels like starting from scratch. I have the patience of a 3 year old, so rather than running tests like I know I ought, I just loaded up a few holders and headed out to shoot.
A friend of mine told me about this awesome Tractor Graveyard in a nearby town weeks ago, and I decided that was the perfect place. I only made 4 exposures (one didn’t work at all because I loaded the holder into the camera incorrectly, ugh), and they are all badly underexposed, but live and learn. . . . . and at least I can scan them. These are with the film rated at 300. My gut told me to make it more like 200, but I had heard the film is faster in general so I ignored my instincts – never again. It was a very, very dull day – in fact, it rained on me a little bit. I was muddy and wet and covered in grass burrs & rust, but I had the time of my life photographing the whole place. I shot a bunch of 120, too, and may go back with the crown graphic another time.
Two significant observations about Tri-X vs Arista EDU: the Tri-X is a much more substantial film, and was thus much easier to load. Also, all of these shots were brought up 1.5 stops in lightroom, and yet they aren’t very grainy. If I tried to salvage an Arista image the same way, there would be way too much grain. I’m amazed I got any shadow detail at all, considering the circumstances.
Here are the results. Tri-X 320 4×5 rated at 300, in Crown Graphic with 135mm lens; HC 110 B, 10 minutes.
Incidentally, I knocked on the door of that place in search of the owner of the Tractor Graveyard; it was the wrong house. The owner lives a couple of doors down, is older than that Ford, and has a very friendly little Dachshund.