Airstream Alley III
When photographing the Airstream in a downtown alley with Earle (he was shooting for the #FP4Party) I also had the Olympus XA in my pocket. It was loaded with JCH Street Pan 400, a newish film that I had not used before.
I just finished the roll and scanned it yesterday. I like this film, it is quite contrasty, the grain is very good, details come through well and it is a good speed for the winter. It has a very thin emulsion and this is a problem because the local film processing store that does black and white cannot scan the thin emulsions. Their scanner is rejecting such films, which presumably means it needs an adjustment. Anyway, it forced me back to the scanner.
Fortunately, it scans on my flat-bed scanner really nicely – it lies flat and is easy to load in the film holders, and does not require a great deal of fussing with the settings to get a satisfactory scan.
The advantage of doing the scanning myself is that it reminded me that I had made this in-camera diptych to be scanned as a single image. After shooting in the alley we stopped by a coffee shop which happened to have several paintings of trailers. This one kind of looks like an Airstream and I remembered that the previous image on this roll was from the alley and thus this photograph.
The images both can stand alone, as you can see below, but I like this diptych too.
Olympus XA, JCH Street Pan 400, developed commercially, scanned at home.