The last time I ran a role of film through a film camera was around 2002 and in recent months I have been threatening to try film photography again. To date I still haven’t! However I took some nighttime images at a candlelight vigil at Belfast City Hall commemorating the outbreak of The Great War when a friend of mine commenting on the image said you should try black and white.
So I have created an image using Silver Efex Pro using a Kodak Tri X Pro filter to emulate film photography. Tri X Pro was a 400ASA black and white film which was regarded as a fast film, so I suspect this is what I would have been using for this event.
In the darkroom you would have used dodging and burning to bring up the areas of the photograph that you wanted to enhance, this is what I did using Silver Efex Pro when I lightened the face of the man in uniform. To enable you to compare I have the original image and the monochrome copy. I will let you decide whether or not it looks like an image produced from a negative!
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