What do you do when it’s cold, wet and gray? You escape, right? But what if the weather forecast tells you that it sucks all over the place? You just start going south, right?
And what if you hit a place like this? Do you stop and take a picture?
I had about 4 shots Ilford HP5+ left which I had started to expose at ISO 800. I measured it right into the sun and added another 2 stops not to underdevelop the shadows. I set the aperture to 16 to get a nice depth of field, waited for the traffic to clear, took the shot and got of the street again.
And shortly after I found this … I stopped the car, walked back a bit and gave it a try. Even though I realize now I should have framed it a bit higher but maybe I crop the bottom off a bit.
I drove on to Castle Neuschwanstein and hoped to find the castle in fog. I just took a picture from the foot of the mountain. I liked the fog in the trees on the bottom and the icy bits in the foreground. And of course the beautiful sky with a hint of clouds.
In the evening, I developed the film for 1:30:00 in 1+100 Rodinal at 20C only slightly moving the tank after 30min and 60min. In dark areas the developer will not do much and stay “fresh” while the developer in bright areas is used up quickly. An exchange of of developer only happens in the areas of transition from dark to bright which enhances sharpness. In addition the bright areas won’t continue to develop and the darker areas can still develop more.
I think this kind of semi stand developing works well for architecture and landscapes. I would go for 1+25 or 1+50 mixtures and rather frequent agitation for portrait work.