Going through old negatives

black and white street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City
black and white street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City

Old negative – The sleeve is marked Delta 3200 @1600 Diafine – DON’T EVER DO THIS AGAIN!!! I never liked Ilford Delta to begin with and I obviously developed this roll in Diafine for testing (who the F knows what I was thinking)… this combination has the nastiest grain texture I have ever seen, combined with a very low resolution. I don’t expect either one to still be around, so it doesn’t matter anymore. I normally don’t care too much about the technical details, and I like a decent amount of grain, but this negative explains perfectly how bad technique has the potential to ruin a shot, as the textures look really yucky and actually distract and take attention away from the photo – after all, it took seven years for it to see the light of day, but I do like the shot’s story, and that’s what counts.

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