Looking for Grainy look...

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I have final portfolio project in which I would like to do a study of female nudes. I would like to get a high key effect in which the high light tones are close to paper white. I know how to do this, but I would like to make these photos grainy. I remember reading about shooting 400 ISO at an EI of 200. And then pushing that EI to 800 (???). This also uses a ND filter of one to two stops. Has anyone heard of this before? Or does anyone have a better idea? Please help.


-- Anonymous, April 27, 1997


Try TMax 400 processed in Rodinal if you like Grain. Push a stop if need be. Or shoot with TMax 3200 & process in Rodinal. It will be very sharp but have a major amount of grain. Good Luck.

-- Anonymous, April 27, 1997

Looking for grain...

I can't really comment on the idea of pushing slower films to achieve this effect other than the fact that they'll be much higher contrast than a faster film (obviously). I did shoot some outdoor nudes with TriX 3200 at high shutter speeds this summer. Yes, they were very grainy with normal development, and yes, the highlights were pretty much paper base. Hope this helps.

-- Anonymous, April 27, 1997

Another way to get lots of grain is to have very different temparture chemicals. Cool down the fixer or the wash water to 15 or so degrees less than the developer.

-- Anonymous, April 28, 1997

Try Kodak 2475 Recording Film in Rodinal. Great grainy look. Have a look at some of my 2475 nudes at http://www.honza.com/athearnphoto. Good luck with your project!!

-- Anonymous, April 28, 1997

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