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Ivan Muller

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The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:49:23 AM »
This year marks the 60th anniversary of Kodak's iconic Tri-X film, still being used by a number of famous photographers. Here is a couple of my images converted to the 'Tri-X' look.

More of my 'Tri-X' B&W images can be seen here at :http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/eos-6d-review-part-3-homage-to-tri-x.html

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The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:49:23 AM »

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2014, 11:54:47 AM »
I shot and developed many, many rolls of Tri-X 'back in the day'... 

Here's a shot I took at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia:

"Toward the Light"

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 01:40:19 PM »
I love me some Tri-X. Discovered it when I started shooting 120 film this past year. Don't have any handy, but if I remember I'll pull out some scans when I get home :)
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 01:47:54 PM »
Then again, you could also post a photograph made with Tri-X....

Gilgal gardens,shot in the rain,  Salt Lake City, UT. Canon Elan 7, Tri-X, Ilford Multigrade lV paper
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 01:51:23 PM »
When I got married, I found a photographer who was willing to give me the film, which I had developed and then scanned myself.  I had her shoot our whole wedding in Tri-X because I love the look, too, and like to use it in DxO Filmpack.  If you're a big fan, check out Genesis by SebastiĆ£o Salgado - it's an amazing large format book of landscapes, wildlife, and portraits all shot on Tri-X or converted to Tri-X using Filmpack from 1Ds III files.

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 03:34:30 PM »
The good old days, shooting Tri-X and doing my own processing in a friend's darkroom.  I know DxO Filmpack has a Tri-X option but did you , Ivan Muller, use another way to get the look?  Would you be willing to share that recipe?

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 03:54:08 AM »
Its quite simple really... In LR4 I reduce contrast a bit so to ensure my highlights are protected. Then open file in Nik silver efex2 and just click on the Tri-x option...if needed I will play around with the colour filters and structure and contrast sliders...and thats it. More fully discussed here with some samples :
http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

I image DXO is pretty similar except it hasnt got a structure sliders, which can get abused sometimes...


The good old days, shooting Tri-X and doing my own processing in a friend's darkroom.  I know DxO Filmpack has a Tri-X option but did you , Ivan Muller, use another way to get the look?  Would you be willing to share that recipe?

Thanks.

JP

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2014, 11:33:58 AM »
Its quite simple really... In LR4......


Got it.  Thanks.  I'll try NIK (which I have)
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2014, 02:21:44 PM »
I tweak about in PS to get my B&Ws, but they always look more like 'Ilford HP5' rather than 'Kodak Tri-X'. The latter gave fantastic tones when exposed / processed / printed well.

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2014, 03:37:07 PM »
I once came across a parkour group in downtown Jacksonville. One of them was falling from the sky.

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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2014, 05:43:18 PM »
Ah you guys are bringing me back!

Tri-X 320 with D76 1:1 was my go to combo back in film days. I have actually gotten bit by the nostalgia bug recently and am dusting off a few film cameras. I ran a roll of film through a kodak stereo camera a couple of weeks ago (another recent fancy of mine) and processed for the first time in close to 8 years. It felt really good to get back to my roots!

Additionally, I have discovered that using my 100mm macro to photograph my negatives gives really phenomenal results over straight scanning. You actually retain the grain structure in the negative rather than the weird pixel/grain hybrid look you get from scanning.

Thx for this thread....I feel the stars aligning for me!
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2014, 06:28:01 PM »
Ive got a roll in my 1vHS right now, only 4 frames in so it may be in there a while since I dont use it everyday.
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2014, 06:47:59 PM »
Awesome thread.

I usually shot Ilford Delta 3200 for low-light club stuff in my T90 (which is most of what I shot with it), & HP5 and Superia 400 for outdoor work.  It blows people's minds when I tell them I got into photography with digital in 1999 using  a Powershot S20 and then switched to a fantastic manual-focus film SLR so that I could learn what the h*ll I was doing & get some good shots in music venues (which was basically impossible with the compact digitals of the day as anything over ISO100 was "boosted" & looked like cr*p).

Tri-X is lovely stuff though :-)

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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2014, 07:18:11 PM »

Additionally, I have discovered that using my 100mm macro to photograph my negatives gives really phenomenal results over straight scanning. You actually retain the grain structure in the negative rather than the weird pixel/grain hybrid look you get from scanning

Really??
That's very interesting, I'd love to know more about your setup for that please.
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Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2014, 07:38:25 PM »
I always add some grain in Lightroom when I'm going for a Tri-X look.

You guys are making me rethink my vow to never go back in the darkroom!  ;D
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