In February I took a short trip to Guadalajara, Mexico. And, naturally, I brought a camera and a bunch of film. Unlike last year’s trip to Bogotá, I brought no color film.

Guadalajara is very sunny. As a result it has a built environment that provides a lot of shade. So I have a lot of photos either with bright sun or a high contrast between shade and sun. Perfect for B&W film!

My second roll of the trip was Kodak XX, the Film Photography Project version. Metered at their suggested 200 ISO and developed in Rodinal (1:60 for 7:00). Which is a first for me. I’ve shot XX before, but have always used the recommended D96 developer.

I’m not sure if it was the Rodinal or something else, but this film looks super weird. Very grainy. Kinda reticulated? I developed two other rolls at the same time, and they don’t have these problems. So I don’t think it was anything with my chemicals.

I considered it being a problem with airport scanning, since I didn’t ask for these to be hand checked. But all 3 rolls went through the same security scans. Maybe XX is affected by scans more than my other films? Not sure. Other people have developed XX with Rodinal and not had problems. While other people have noticed that it increases grain.

Whatever it is, I’ll probably use D96 next time I shoot XX.

This first photo is a good example of the problems. The giant hair on the negative is an unrelated problem!

A black and white photo of a large wooden door to a church. The door is closed. Two women walk in opposing directions in front of the door. The photo is very grainy.
1/60, f8, Takumar 35mm 3.5

In shots with more subdued sun shots, the problems are less pronounced.

A black and white photo of a stone courtyard, mostly in shade. Some strong sunlight makes a bright patch between two pillars.
1/30, f8, Takumar 35mm 3.5

But even then the whole thing looks kind of soft and off.

A black and white photo of a Guadalajara street seen from the inside of a cafe courtyard. Two large wooden doors are open and surrounded by potted plants. A man is walking down the street visible through the doors.
1/60, f8, Takumar 35mm 3.5

Full album

All Guadalajara photos

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