I’ve had two 100ft rolls of this Kodak 5302 b&w duplicating film in my film fridge for a couple of years now and it’s been itching at my mind lately that I really want to get out and test shooting some. I kept having this idea that it could potentially be great for Landscapes and long exposures. So I took one bulk roll out of my fridge and hand rolled two small rolls in my dark bag. It was Friday afternoon after work and there were some great clouds in the sky, so I went out to have a play. I shot the first roll in my old Minolta X700 with Minolta 21mm f2.8 without any filters just for comparison, and this roll I shot in my Minolta Dynax 7 with Sigma 24mm f2.8 and a red filter. I used release cables for both as I knew these would all be a slower shutter speeds. I had some troubles with light piping as this emulsion is on a clear base (I’m think is should load the rolls into my cameras from inside my darkbag in the future to rule this out), either that or my cheap plastic film canisters for bulk rolling are to blame. If dark bag loading does not eliminate the problem I will switch to using my Kodak snap back bulk rolling canisters. Some of the skies are rather overexposed as well, through doing some research I have found that this film is particularly sensitive to blue light, while having very little sensitivity to red spectrum. In the future I need to make sure I take an average metering favoring the highlights and also take into account blues and reds in the scene, I feel the red filter helps with this, but may be too much for some subjects (especially things like rust that often fall into the red spectrum.), so I will experiment with orange and yellow filters next. But when I did get it right, wow! Just beautiful. So much detail and such fine grain…if any grain to be seen at all, but I guess that is to be expected from a ISO/ASA 6 film. haha
I really like this shot, everything just came together. I am really keen to go out and do some more experimenting with this emulsion expanding on what I have learned from this first little play and test.