Sandy River Delta


I mentioned in this post that I brought my Holga with me on our hike at the Sandy River Delta. I finally got the film developed and scanned the negatives. I am getting better at scanning medium format negatives with my film scanner. I also learned that I had the settings all wrong for black and white which made the last batch of black and white negatives look weird. I’m going to re-scan them at some point (note to self). .

Anyway, I am super happy with how these turned out! Seriously. I am in love with black and white film. I don’t know if I want to ever go back to digital. I just love it that much. I love that this is how it looks pretty much out of the camera. Admittedly, I adjusted contrast and maybe exposure ever so slightly, but that is it.

I brought a roll of black and white film, Kodak Tmax 400 35mm,  to the beach with me yesterday.  I noticed the differences between shooting with film vs the immediacy of digital. With film you have to let go the notion of being a control freak. It’s more about taking the shot and then letting it go. You take your shot and hope for the best and then wait (sometimes weeks or months) to see what it looks like. And there is something magical about  that space of time in between taking the shot and seeing the image.  It’s like waiting for Santa. Sometimes you are disappointed but sometimes you are happy beyond your wildest imagination.

8 thoughts on “Sandy River Delta

  1. I have always loved B&W pictures. To me, anyone can take a beautiful color photograph. But not everyone can take a beautiful B&W photograph. Love your pictures! If you haven’t already, you should try Kodak Tri-X film. It’s got deep, dark blacks and sharp whites. Great contrast with wonderful grain structure. TMax is a good film but I’ve always found it boring. It’s a low contrast, fine grain film. I like to see contrast and grain in B&W pictures. Another excellent film to try is Ilford HP5 PLUS. It’s an excellent film but I’ll always shoot Tri-X until Kodak goes out of business. I believe it to be the best B&W film ever made. Have fun!


    1. Thank you so much for the suggestions! I have a roll of Kodak Tri-X sitting on my shelf and now and I can’t wait to go out and try it!


  2. I’ve always said the same thing. It’s like Christmas Day when you finally get your scans. It can be an emotional roller coaster when you first see your scans. You are either disappointed or extremely happy with your results. Sometimes there is the pleasant surprise of seeing a photo you forgot you had taken. Like you, I only do minimal adjustments to my scans, if any at all. I’ve never tried TMax. I am currently waiting on my first roll of Delta 400 to be developed. I have only shot Delta 100, Tri-X 400 and I am about to shoot my first roll of Delta 3200 on Medium Format. Tri-X 400 is great, but I do prefer it on Medium Format. I look forward to seeing your Tri-X results.

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    1. Thank you! I pretty much shoot Tri-x exclusively in the Holga now because I love the way it looks. Though looking back on this post, I’m really liking the TMax! I may have to pick some up 🙂


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