This, my first roll of Ferrania P30, black and white negative film, yielded thirty seven exposures. You’ll see here only thirty five. I store my negatives in mylar sleeves – seven rows of five frames each. Foolishly, I cut one frame right in half thinking I’d cut between frames. Luckily I took two shots of that subject. Another frame made the strip just too long to fit in the mylar sleeve, so off it came. There’s no “undo” button in analogue photography, so thirty five frames it is. That’s more than enough to illustrate my first experience with this black and white film.
“Shoot some cine film” that little voice in my head said.
“You know you want to”.
Well, I’ve shot a fair bit of Cinestill and enjoyed it.
“Remember that roll of Ferrania P30 in the fridge that you’ve been too scared to use?”
Whoa now!! That’s not fair. I’ve just been used to the warm security blanket that Ilford HP5 affords. Loyal and forgiving, like your oldest friend or a faithful dog.
Maybe I need some excitement in my life after this long and drab pandenic.
A while ago I got an email from the Film Photography Project store alerting me to the fact that they had Ferrania P30 back in stock. I jumped on that, just two rolls, because I missed out earlier. I should’ve got more than two rolls because they’re sold out again. Anyway, I read a bit about it – that it’s quite contrasty along with being fine-grained – and decided a nice overcast Sunday was a good day to shoot it around my neighborhood in Brooklyn.