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friday black & white

November 12, 2010

shot with Ilford XP2.

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edinburgh in black and white today.

i’m not a huge fan of the Ilford XP2 film. it’s grainy, and in a weird way. it did pick up some nice textures, but i don’t know if i will use it again.

friday is here, which is less of a relief when i have a working weekend ahead of me. but today, i treated myself to a sandwich from verde & co. for lunch (mmm), and i picked up an eccles cake from st. john for later on. no, it doesn’t take much to make me happy.

hoping your weekend is a good one.

  1. November 12, 2010 9:29 am

    Oh Brian! I love these photos – especially the second from the top and the one with the couple under the umbrella. I was gifted a brick of expired b&w film. You’re inspiring me to shoot with it more.

  2. November 12, 2010 9:35 am

    oh, these photos make me homesick for our life in edinburgh. beautiful, brian.

  3. November 12, 2010 9:43 am

    yes to the eccles!

  4. November 12, 2010 9:50 am

    Enjoying these black and whites. Have a great weekend.

  5. November 12, 2010 10:00 am

    These are really top notch. Happy weekend, Brian.

  6. November 12, 2010 10:30 am

    Now there’s a town that was made for black and white. And in fact, it was so rainy when I was there that I thought it really was in grayscale.

  7. November 12, 2010 10:32 am

    love the top one! mmm edinburgh is beautiful, thanks for bringing back memories!

  8. November 12, 2010 10:49 am

    Love, love the second shot Brian!

  9. November 12, 2010 10:50 am

    Oh, Verde & Co is so good, I especially love sitting in there in winter. I wish they could deliver to my house, but then they’d have to bring the entire place to me, fireplace and all.

  10. November 12, 2010 11:15 am

    I always found XP2 to be fairly UNgrainy, especially compared with HP5. Are these negative scans? I read somewhere that what you seen in negative scans is not so much the grain itself as interference between the grain and the scanner grid, so an emulsion that scans grainy in one scanner can come out smooth as you like in a different scanner, and vice versa.

    (PS if you’re trying different films try a box of T-Max 400, I love it!)

  11. November 12, 2010 11:27 am

    Working weekend is all blah! Hang in there! Hope there will be some pints or wine to cheer up your days ahead.

  12. November 12, 2010 12:14 pm

    Oh I quite like that photo with the Lenin portrait! Reminds me of my youth a bit :)

  13. November 12, 2010 12:42 pm

    I really like all your sets from Edinburgh, the details and the atmosphere are great!
    Viele Gruesse; Kristina

  14. November 12, 2010 1:04 pm

    Brian, again I feel you are learning how to utilize b&w to express your unique perspective. I love, love, love the shot of the couple with the umbrella and the woman overlooking the rooftop in the last photo. These are brilliant and interesting!

  15. November 12, 2010 1:40 pm

    oh i love these! especially the second one, the couple under the umbrella, and the last one. really nice work.

  16. pocared permalink
    November 12, 2010 2:02 pm

    Pity you are thinking of not using XP2 anymore bec it’s your best b&w pix that I’ve seen. There are beautiful blacks & whites and nice shades of grey. The textures are brillant, especially with the hedge so hope you won’t give up on XP2.

  17. Ashley Erin permalink
    November 12, 2010 2:04 pm

    The top three photos are just incredible! Gorgeous light and shadows captured. I’m very much enjoying your adventure into Black and White photography this month. :) It’s fantastic!

  18. November 12, 2010 2:35 pm

    Hi Brian! I used one of your photos in my most recent blog post. You can view it here –

    I really enjoy your photographs. keep creating!
    — Catherine

  19. November 12, 2010 3:05 pm

    i love these – i love the light.

  20. Kaylie permalink
    November 12, 2010 3:48 pm

    I absolutely love the umbrella one. I know it may sound cheesy, but if you change the umbrella to yellow, I would buy it and frame it!

    Also, a few entries back, your ‘bakehouse’ photo is really lovely.

    Thanks for the eye candy!

  21. November 12, 2010 4:21 pm

    Yay for grain!

  22. November 12, 2010 4:22 pm

    Hmmm, you may not love this film, but I think it loves you. Or your camera. Or whatever. You know what I mean. I like these.

  23. November 12, 2010 6:13 pm

    I don’t know Brain, I would change your mind if I were you. I’m really liking these photos. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  24. November 14, 2010 12:35 am

    I haven’t lived there for years, but you got me on the first photo. I thought…that looks like edinburgh, I know that laneway, surely that is edinburgh. And it was! Thankyou for bringing a swag of memories to the surface.

    As for grainy – love grainy. I’ve always tried for grainy and failed dismally.

  25. November 14, 2010 9:21 am

    these are just gorgeous

  26. November 14, 2010 10:16 pm

    Love the third one- contrast is beautiful.

  27. November 17, 2010 9:16 am

    I love the fact you are using b&w film. What do you develop your films in? I think this is where some of the grain might be coming from… I love using the Fuji Acros 100, virtually no grain, not very contrasty, but otherwise great shades all around.

  28. November 17, 2010 11:39 am

    XP2 is C-41.

  29. suzie permalink
    November 19, 2010 4:38 am

    I came to look at these on the recommendation of no penny for them, glad I did, they are great! I have to agree about the graininess of XP2 though, I found that was a problem with it too.

  30. November 22, 2010 9:35 am

    your photos amazing as always. not sure if I missed this already, but do you sell prints somewhere? or would you be willing to? love them.

  31. November 23, 2010 3:59 am

    Hi, love your pictures, it is a nice blog to read, i curious how your life in England goes



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