The Last Autumn Ponder


A reprisal of an (almost) post yesterday.

This is Portra 400 converted to B&W.

Tried fresh chemicals from the Unicolor kit (likely no different…) but think I developed them too hot.  Too many pinks, purples, and magentas…Couldn’t salvage them using any of my regular methods.

So B&W it is.

I have heard that you can re-bleach and re-fix using proper two step chemicals, but who has the time for that?


(Yes, I know, if I wasn’t so stubborn, I’d just have them developed…but what fun would that be?)



4 thoughts on “The Last Autumn Ponder

  1. Karim Ghantous says:

    This shot seems more grainy that you’d assume for a MF negative. I guess it’s all in the scanning. It’s easy to see how people got – and still get – the impression that APS-C DSLRs somehow resolve more detail than a 6×4.5 negative. Practically, you could say it’s true if you don’t have a high-res scanner.

    I’m still perplexed about the grain, though. Is it the Pakon scanner’s fault?

    • mewanchuk says:

      Hi Karim–thanks for the comments.

      The Pakon (unfortunately!) doesn’t scan MF negatives…only 35mm rolls. As for the grain, I believe it is a combination of factors: Underexposure, over-development, pushed exposure in post-processing, and some grain added in B&W conversion.

      As you can see, the shot is basically a big “fail” in a few ways–I just kind of liked the final look.


      All the best,


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