Old School Film Hack

Glow on the Horizon

Dawn over the Potomac River -- Seneca, Maryland (December 2014)Leica MP + Kodak T-Max 100 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

Dawn over the Potomac River — Seneca, Maryland (December 2014)
Leica MP + Kodak T-Max 100 + Leica Tri-Elmar 16/4.0 ASPH

This image marks a seismic shift in my photography… not only is this silver halide film (unlike all of the C-41 stock I’ve used for the past twelve months), but I processed it myself at home — for the first time in sixteen years.

31 thoughts on “Glow on the Horizon

    1. Elisa

      Wait, except that if I take my images to be developed here, Kodak screws up all of the colors and shadows and light. I take it to an architecture firm and they do it on their equipment.


    2. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Kodak does? You sure? I’m not aware of Kodak having anymore processing centers in the world, let alone the US. I think the last of the Kodak run and owned places were closed 7-10 years ago (we used to have a big one nearby and everyone was saddened when it was shuttered).

      Sounds to me like the staff actually performing the processing at your location might not know what they’re doing. I suspect they have Kodak processing equipment and chemicals, but they aren’t Kodak trained or employees of the company.

      I’d go only to the place that delivers the best results.

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  1. lensandpensbysally

    Well done, I think that the “shift” in film was worth the experimentation. Recently, I received an old SLR from a friend. Hopefully, will get to try it soon. I remember my days in the darkroom. Hope that you enjoyed the return to the original and quite satisfying (except for the chemicals) darkroom.

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    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      Thank you. I’m trying to make sure that I’m not posting too many of the monochrome images, as my wife feels there should be an equal amount of color images for people to see.


    2. allentimphotos2

      I’m sorry but I’m not going to be able to help. The focus should be on the quality of the image. Color would be one of the consideration but compositional components as a whole needs to outweigh color alone.


  2. Les Myers

    I love the moment when, after I’ve souped the film, washed it, and then removed it from the reel and hold it to the light. It’s more exciting than seeing the instant replay on a digital camera.

    Les Myers


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