Some frames from a 36 exposure roll of Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow.
Bhavna and I were on a weekend trip up to Oberlin, Ohio, to take Kiran back for her last semester at Oberlin College. It was a long weekend, and Bhavna and I decided to visit the lakeshore town of Sandusky.
After reading Jim Grey’s first impressions of the Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow ISO 400 135 films, I decided to try it myself. I was a backer of the Kickstarter Project, but I had not yet exposed any of the four cartridges of Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow. I loaded one of the 36 exposure cartridges into my Minolta X-700, a camera I rarely use as I tend to favour my XF-11. I shot the entire roll at box speed. The roll was developed at Black Lab Imaging in Flemington, New Jersey and scanned at home on my Epson Perfection V600 using VueScan 9.
Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow is a 400-ISO panchromatic black-and-white film which the creator describes like this:
The film is an existing emulsion made by a company with more than a century’s experience in making film.
While the film is rated at ISO 400, the film can be push processed four stops up to ISO 6400 with appropriate development. Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow is perfect for shooting at box speed in bright or overcast light, but can also be used in much lower light conditions if needed.
The film is fine-grained at box speed but shows more atmospheric grain when push processed, along with more dramatic contrast.
In September, I exposed a roll of Agent Shadow at box speed while walking around the streets of Sandusky with Bhavna. The grain is noticeable, but the photographs have a fascinating vintage look. I can’t wait to try the three remaining rolls.
Kosmo Foto Agent Shadow 400
Panchromatic Black and White (negative)
Kodak T-GRAIN emulsions, Fine Grain, High Sharpness & Edge Detail
My wife’s niece Sahana graduated from Stone Bridge Middle School this year. In August, her parents hosted a family pool party which I captured on my Minolta X-700 and my last roll of Lomography Color 100.
My wife’s niece Sahana graduated from Stone Bridge Middle School this year. In August, her parents hosted a family pool party. These scans are from my second and last 36-exposure roll of Lomography Color 100 35mm film. The results are better than the first roll, which I exposed the day before.
One of the better exposed and adequately focused 35mm frames from a 36-exposure roll of Lomography Color 100.
From my perspective, Lomography specialises in making 35mm and instant film products for people who enjoy making photographs that look like they were captured on film cameras and left to age for 30 years. The cameras are usually low-tech, and the film stocks do not appear to produce accurate colours and white balance. Most of what Lomography sells is unappealing to me. However, I am curious, so I have been experimenting with Color 100 from Lomography.
I like the deep shadows in this frame. However, the entire scene has taken on a bluish car. The skin colours are rubbish; lighter skin tends towards pink, while darker skin looks like purple mud.