May 18, 2019 – I decided to accompany my teenage son and his friend on a trip down to San Francisco. They had tickets to see Mac DeMarco perform at the Bill Graham Civic auditorium and had never navigated the BART transit system…so I went along for moral support. My goal was to get them to the front door of the concert hall and then head out for some early evening street photography with my trusty Nikon F3HP + 50mm f1.8. Much to my chagrin, the forecast called for a single solitary evening of rain in what was an otherwise mostly dry May.
Because the evening was so much darker than I could have imagined, I decided at that moment to see about pushing the boundaries of Kodak TRIX 400. After some test metering in the area I was going to photograph in, I decided I was going to go “The Full Monty” and push the roll to 3200. I wandered around the streets that rainy San Francisco night, running between covered awnings in an attempt to stay dry while looking for interesting light sources. The most intriguing moments materialized in the form of boutique shop windows, car headlights and cozy café windows framing warm dry patrons.
My Nikon F3HP was a good choice of camera that night, as it has never let me down regardless of the weather or other plenty of abuses it has taken in travel & transit (ask me sometime about it a cam strap ring coming loose and it hitting the asphalt full tilt in Malibu, CA) If you are looking for a rock solid every day 35mm workhorse, you can’t beat the functionality ,ergonomics and of course the wonderful selection of vintage & new Nikkor lenses.
I was pleasantly surprised when I receive the pushed 3200 film scans back a few weeks later from the fine folks at the darkroom.com. The frames had plenty of detail and I rather liked the drastic separation between true whites and blacks with radically diminished gray tones. These frames represent my favorites of the 2 hour evening session. I definitely won’t hesitate to push Kodak Trix 400 anytime I need to In the future… and neither should you.