Testing Orwo N74+ by Nigel Rumsey

I posted before a sample of Orwo N74+ developed using Kodak HC-110, the sample below was developed using Rodinal diluted at 1+50. A christmas cake shot in NT Ightham Moat

For those not familiar with it Rodinal is one of the earliest developers and a favourite of many photographers for its low cost, ease of use and incredibly long shelf life. One of the features of Rodinal, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the look you're after, is it gives pronounced grain on faster speed films. As in all things 'too grainy' is entirely subjective, for me the cut-off with Rodinal is iso400. Having said all that I like the look that N74+ gives in Rodinal, you get the acutance you expect from Rodinal but the grain isn't too distracting.

The question that inevitably comes up whenever I look at different films is "would it take the place of my favourite film Kodak TRI-X?" At the moment I have to say N74+ is closer than anything else I've tried, but my heart still lies with TRI-X. I've come to realise, and it's somewhat embarrassing that it's taken me so long, is that probably in my eyes nothing will ever beat TRI-X. This begs the question why do I feel the need to keep looking, why can't I be happy with the film I really like? Maybe that is a reflection of our time.

I've noticed in all the best pixel peeping blogs they always show a crop of the image at 100% so here, just for you my friends, Orwo N74+ in HC-110 and Rodinal at 100%.

Orwo N74+ & HC-110 100% crop

Orwo N74+ & Rodinal 100% crop

If you have experience of using Orwo films I'd love to hear about it please let me know in the comments below.


Sophie - stranger #1 by Nigel Rumsey

Berwick Street, London

I started the year determined not to let my photography drift so much as it has been, to work on one or two projects throughout the year. I've started with 100 Strangers, a project where the photographer has to approach strangers ask if they can take their portrait, learn a little about them and engage with the subject.

This is Sophie, after initially thinking I was weird, she was very cool about the whole thing, she is my first stranger (a fact I didn't disclose at the time). Sophie worked locally and was taking a break from her day. I gave her my card so hopefully she'll checkout the shot on my web site.

Nikon F3, Kodak Tri-X, HC-110

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