I’m 57 old guy living in small town near Rome. Two years ago I put my EOS 5d on a shelf and started to shoot film again like I did many years ago. The difference now is that I develop my film and print my black & white pictures myself. I always wanted to do this when I was young, but simply couldn’t afford to do it.
I used to own a EOS 650, but now use a Canon EOS 600 I found on ebay. It’s a very similar camera, but a little better than my old camera. In this article, I’m going to show you 5 frames taken with this camera, the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 lens, Ilford FP4 Plus and some filters – all taken in the hot and deserted Gazometro area of Rome in August 2020.
My prefered subject matter are urban landscapes and street photos. I always shoot in black & white even with my digital kit.
When shooting film in the EOS 600, I often use Fomapan Creative 200, Rollei Superpan 200 and sometimes the FP4 Plus by Ilford. On this occasion it was a very sunny day with no clouds, so Ilford FP4 Plus was my film of choice.
As always, the EOS 600 performed well. The Gazometro area is a really interesting place to shoot. It provides a kind of industrial urban landscape which is not so easy to find in Rome. There’s a lot of graffiti on walls, a little sturdy iron bridge on the Tevere river and some buildings of the first half of the last century.
The giant Gazometro, was once used to store the capital’s gas supply but has been abandoned since the 1960s when Rome switched to methane.
Some of the shots were taken using a red filter sometimes coupled with a polarizing filter too. I’ve to admit it, the loneliness due to the very hot temperature and to the Covid restrictions was very helpful for the feel of the black & white pictures I had in mind.
I developed the roll with ARS-IMAGO Monobath, printed with a Durst M600 equipped with a 50mm Componon by Schneider-Kreuznach on Foma semi-matt paper and scanned with a very cheap HP Scanjet G4010. All the images you see here are scanned from the printed pictures not from the negative film and then cropped a little bit in Luminar. There’ s no special reason for producing images this way, simply I like them much more when I do.
Many thanks to all those who read my notes till the end!