Hard to believe it's week four already and that Jqnuary is almost over. This week took me all the way from the Southern California deserts to the coast. It's so true that as you get older time goes faster. Taking on a project like this helps to slow down things a bit though. As I look back on the first four weeks of images I can put myself back in the moments when I stopped to take them. In most cases I can remember what I was thinking about each shot from composition to final exposure. Some of these images aren't my best work and normally aren't images I'd share. No excuses but I'm more focused on the light than the actual scene for now. Subject is really important and I'm not entirely satisfied with many of my subjects so far.
I think that's where I've grown most with this exercise so far. I'm thinking more about imagining the tones I want and hopefully get as I take the shot. I'm feeling better about getting there and feeling more confident about how to handle light and shadows. The resulting images depend on not only the camera settings but also by how I develop the film. I've knocked my developing times back a bit from the recommendations suggested by the Massive Dev app on my iPhone. Not a huge amount, maybe just a bit under fifteen seconds less than the six minutes recommended for Tri-X at ISO400 using HC-110 at a 1+31 dilution. I'm finding my negatives have fewer issues with artifacts. I'm also taking more care with my developer mix, water purity and temperatures. I'm still not getting the consistent look I'm after but there are a few that I'm really fond of in the set above that are giving me what I'm trying to achieve. I'm also using a three stop neutral density filter to help with the strong light found here in Southern California. I love the Summicron wide open if I can nail the focus. The in camera light meter is helping me no matter whether I use the filter or not.