Photo by Michael S. Goldfarb

Minox IIIS

Almost Sunset at Kent Pond, Killington, Vermont (1999)

"It's taken me a couple of tries, but I'm now convinced that Kodak XTOL is a wonderful developer for Minox T-Max 100. It certainly produces finer grain and more manageable contrast than D-76, and the sharpness is outstanding. True enough, this picture is pretty contrasty, but this straight print is a reasonably accurate depiction of the scene. (There just might be a bit more detail in the water, but I didn't try burning it in.) By the way, that spot on the water isn't dust or crud on the negative, it's a guy in a kayak. I have NOT resized this image or monkeyed with its tonal values at all, although I did sharpen it very slightly. For those who are curious, I developed in XTOL 1:1 in the Minox Tank, giving two minutes extra development to make up for the minimal agitation (once every two minutes as opposed to the recommended once every thirty seconds.)"

1956 Minox IIIS with T-Max 100 film, exposure probably 1/100. Developed in XTOL 1:1 and printed at 5x7" on Luminos Flexicon VC RC paper with a #2 filter using a 1950s Omega D3 enlarger with a 50mm EL-Nikkor lens. Scanned to PCX file at 100dpi, then sharpened slightly and converted to JPEG.

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