Amtrak Keystone—Retro Style.

More experiments with Foma (Czech film producer) so-called  Retropan ISO 320 black & white film. See previous posts:

Retropan 320—First Experiment.

Retropan on the Rails; Experiments with My second Roll of Foma’s 320 ISO Black & White film.

Unexpected Results: My Third Experiment with Retropan.

Working with my Nikon F3 fitted with a vintage Nikkor f1.4 50mm lens, I made these views at Strafford, Pennsylvania along the old Pennsylvania Railroad Main Line west of Philadelphia.

It was a dull Sunday afternoon in January and my hope was to make iconic views using traditional materials that might work more effectively than modern digital color photographs (although I exposed some digital images as well.)

For this batch of Foma Retropan, I returned to hand processing in Paterson tanks. I used Retro Special Developer stock solution (diluted 1:1 with water) with a 4 minutes development time. Prior to introducing the primary developer, I pre-soaked in a water bath with a drop of Retro Special Developer stock for 1 minute.

My aim was to retain the broad tonality achieved with earlier experiments while keeping the grain size relatively fine.

Shallow depth of field and classic graininess make for a photo that looks like film. Because it was made with film. I like that concept. Not sure about the results however. I think this one needs refinement.
Amtrak train number 670, a Keystone service from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania blitzes Strafford on the old Main Line. Exposed using a Nikon F3 with 50mm lens; f2.2 1/250th of a second.
You know it’s not very bright when the streetlights are lit. This was a pretty low contrast scene. I scanned the negatives but did not manipulate the end result.

Honestly, I’m not sure that these photographs work for me. But the lighting was pretty tough. (Flat, dull, and lacking in character and direction).

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2 thoughts on “Amtrak Keystone—Retro Style.”

  1. Hi,
    (I sent this 1-29-17 and thought it was better to email you from the site)
    I enjoy your US posts a lot. I noticed on your B&M, GP18 post that you use Adobe Lightroom.
    I use Photoshop on my G-5 Mac (OS 10.5.8, PPC machine)…it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!
    Anyway, my version of Photoshop is NOT compatible with Intel chip Mac’s.
    Two questions: Can I take scans into Lightroom as I do with Photoshop??
    I’m sure it works that way…but want to ask someone who uses it.
    I assume digital images can be imported as in Photoshop.
    Is Lightroom cross platform??
    Thanks for your time.

    Joe Kurilec, MMR

    1. Hello Joe,
      I import both digital files and scans into Lightroom on a daily basis. My version of Lightroom (6.3) reads both JPG and RAW files from all three of my Camera systems (Fuji, Panasonic Lumix, and Canon). Overall I find the program easy to use, but it took a bit of learning curve to appreciate all of its features. I’m not much of a computer whizz, so I can’t really elaborate on the details of how it works.
      Thank you for your interest and your comments.

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