Scratch it

Minster, England. I saw the two elderly gentlemen who stopped for a rest from walking their dogs, so I start taking pictures. Made for amusing scene with the dog being scratched and the Yorkie looking down to see what was going on below.


Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2. Shot on Fomapan 100 Classic film shot at 400 ASA.

3 thoughts on “Scratch it”

  1. Dogs never fail to be an entertaining subject, especially on B&W film. How do you find Fomapan 100 pushes to 400? Your results look very nice. If you don’t mind me asking, what developer do you use and what do the negatives look like? My experience with Fomapan 100 is that it’s quite contrasty even at box speed. So I find your results pushing it two stops and still retaining tonal range rather remarkable. Thanks!


    1. Bearing in mind Fomapan is a old style emulsion so the grain is rectangular compared to more modern emulsion films, being pushed doesn’t seem to bother this film too much if you can put up with the style of Grain. The negatives are clear, sharp and contrasty and developed in Ilford ID11 on this occasion.
      I’ve always found Fomapan to be a very contrasty film and that’s way I like using it.


      1. Thanks for the information. Yeah, I actually typically prefer cubic grain emulsions to tabular grain. I do like T-MAX 400 and ACROS (RIP), but T-MAX 100, while an extraordinary film, is just nearly too perfect in my opinion and the Delta films don’t do much for me. I’m going to have to try pushing Fomapan 100 now that I’ve seen your results. I’m impressed by the level of shadow detail you retained and the fact that you were able to keep the contrast from getting totally out of control. Hopefully I’ll be able to as well. Thanks again and take care.

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