Random Print – Doors in Disrepair

At the end of a long day of walking, with aching feet and feeling generally fatigued I caught sight of these poor old doors down a small side street. The bag on my back was laden with heavy Mamiya gear. Feeling pretty exhausted, I wasn’t going to bother taking my bag off to get the RB67 out to take the shot. Luckily, in my hand was the trusty old OM-1 and as I advanced the film to the next frame, the number 24 appeared in the frame counter window. That was handy. Had I not had the OM-1 in my hands at the time, I probably wouldn’t have bothered taking this shot at all which would have been a shame as the print has become a favourite of mine. The fact that it was the last shot on the roll, well, I guess it was meant to be.

Printing was fairly straight forward. The main importance to me was to keep as much detail as possible while avoiding a flat or dark looking print. The negative did require a high contrast grade (4.5) as it was a fairly flat image to start with. With the enlarger lens set to f5.6, the overall exposure time was 30 seconds. I then had to expose for another 5 seconds while dodging the bottom right area of the photo and finally a 10 second burn on the panels to the top of the image, Just to bring out some of the texture.

The Final Print

Doors in Disrepair. 10×7″ silver gelatin print.

This photo was shot on Ilford HP5 at box speed of 400 asa. Developed in Xtol and printed on Ilford RC Pearl Paper.

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