In Development: Adventures In Film, Volume 22

As with so many things in this world, the same aspects of shooting film that bring joy can also bring frustration. The extended time between taking the images and seeing the results allows for reflection and delayed gratification, but it also means it takes a long time to realize mistakes.

This is another roll of Ektar pushed two stops, and it’s a roll that I shot at the same time as the roll from In Development 20. And in addition to getting…confusing…colors that I wasn’t prepared for, when I got my scans back I was met with another surprise: a lot of my images were really dark on the left side, as though there was a really heavy-handed, one-sided vignette. After doing some Googling, I narrowed the issue down to an issue with my M3 that caused inconsistent amounts of light to hit the film at high shutter speeds. I hadn’t noticed it with prior rolls I put through the M3 because I hadn’t been shooting at very fast shutter speeds. Bummer.

In spite of the weird colors and M3 issue, I still enjoyed a few of the images from this roll. All photos were taken with my Leica M3 with a 50mm Summicron Rigid on Kodak Ektar shot at ISO 400 and pushed two stops in development. They were developed and scanned by Richard Photo Labs, and I made color (mostly setting the red, green, and blue black points) and contrast adjustments to most of the images in Lightroom.

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