Look at all that beautiful, beautiful grain!
“Film is covered in an emulsion made of silver salt crystals, and grain refers to the size of those crystals. The size of the grain determines contrast and how much light is required to imprint an image on the film. Counterintuitive though it may seem, a film with fine grain is a ‘low-speed’ or ‘slow’ film, requiring more light, usually for longer periods of exposure (hence, ‘slow’), and delivering more detail. A high-speed film with big fat silver salt crystals, like the stuff in this photo, requires less light and gives an image that’s all…y’know…grainy…
Personally, I love grain — it can turn an otherwise normal shot into something rough, moody, slightly abstracted, vaguely unfinished. “
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Those of you from my old blog may recall my almost obsessive compulsion to grain things up, along with my little know-it-all lecture pasted above (although with different images). But for you newcomers: Grab a snack and a bottle of water, we’re gonna be out here a while…
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Kaylee in 3200 (1), Kaylee in 3200 (2) and Caleb in 3200, c. 2012
Ilford Delta 3200