Sometimes you just have to get out, even though the weather is bad. Specifically when the whole month has been wet, so you can wait a long time for any sun to come out. And in the end, there is no bad weather, just different conditions requiring a different approach. So on a recent rainy morning I decided that it was time to shoot some black and white film, which I do not often do, and that the city would be the most appropriate destination. I had some Fomapan 100 in the fridge waiting since Christmas when I received it from my secret santa. A new film to me, so I did not know what to expect. I took the M2 with the Summilux 50mm lens, put on a rain suit (there was too much rain for jacket only), and headed for Rotterdam.
The first opportunity I got was right out of the car in the parking garage. There was ivy covering some concrete walls, wet from the rain, but with enough light to create some contrast. It turned out better than I hoped:
After that, it was just strolling around in the rain, which can be seen clearly in some of the photos, but not as dramatic as I hoped. Still not sure how to do that, capture the atmosphere of a gloomy rainy day. Apart from that, I have mixed feelings about Fomapan. I love the photo above, and I am pretty happy with some of the others, but there is a bit more grain than I like. I am not sure, the photos seem a bit murky, there is contrast, but there seem to be lacking some nuances in the lighter tones. Could be my developing though. Anyway, you can see for yourself:
The film was developed by me in Ilfosol 3 and scanned by me on the Epson V800.
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