The tree and the Tri-X story (07.2009)
Kodak Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600.
While visiting London in March, I stumbled upon the shop called Silverprint, entered there and bought a single roll of Kodak Tri-X, out of pure curiosity, as I never shot with it before. I put this roll into my bag and forgot about it, till the last Saturday, when I was about to meet with Oksana for a quick shoot.
I finally shot this film at 1600 and developed it in Rodinal 1+50 and I was so surprised to find all images so clean and crisp, much better and contrasty (contrasty in a good way, contrary to T-MAX 400 pushed to 1600 that I consider contrasty in a bad way) than the Ilford HP5+ that I usually use for pushing to that speed.
The grain seems less apparent, the development time is shorter and the overall impression is more pleasant. HP5 at box speed is total crap, muddy and flat, at 800 it's very good, and it's still good at 1600, but the Tri-X just looks better to my eye.