A Different Sort of Birthday


…Kids these days.

They get photodocumentary-style birthday pictures shot on B&W film, and they don’t even care.

When I was a kid, we would have LOVED to have these sorts of pictures.

If we even had pictures at all…

I think.













4 thoughts on “A Different Sort of Birthday

  1. Karim Ghantous says:

    Some really nice shots here. The kids are so cute – bless their little socks!

    The framing on the first shot is a little bit off – I would have cropped it.

    Tri-X is nice stuff. It makes me wonder if it’s really worth bothering with XX. Tri-X is faster and seems to hold the same amount of detail. What did you rate it at, here?

    • mewanchuk says:

      Thanks Karim!

      You’re right–you really can’t ever go wrong with Tri-X; I guess that’s probably why it has remained so popular. This was shot at base ISO 400.

      Part of my fascination with Double-X is that I get EXACTLY the look I am after when developed in Rodinal–absolutely no post-processing required. Effort-wise (once bulk loaded…) there is no additional work involved in shooting or processing it.

      The first frame was intentionally composed that way, as I wanted to show the bond of the older girls taking care of Baby J, in the scope of the wider circle they were sitting in–I’m not sure what I’d subtract from the frame!

      All the best,


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