Lomography Lady Grey in Rodinal 1+25
Updated: Jun 17, 2019
Film: Lomography Lady Grey in 120mm shot at 400 ISO
Camera: 1951 Rolleicord III with Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 1:3.5 75mm lens
Developer: Rodinal 1+25 for 5 minutes at 20°C with 3 gentle agitations every minute.
One of the reasons I shoot film, is because I like the look of old pictures. They have a soul that digital just doesn’t seem to have. Lomography’s Lady Grey is an interesting emulsion to this end. I’ve only shot it in 120mm through my Rolleicord. The images it produces for me tend to show bright whites with little tonal range, darker tonal ranges through the shadows, and black blacks. These characteristics make it especially challenging in our long, mostly pure- black and white winters with little light here in Alaska. The third image of the snowy scene I’ve included above is not directly comparable to the other two for several reasons. First, this was developed in Kodak Xtol stock for 6.5 minutes at 20°C. Second, the Rolleicord, like many of my older cameras, does not maintain a constant shutter speed in the cold weather. With the exception of my early 1950’s Kiev II, most work reasonably well. The Kiev, which uses a wax-based lubricant slows practically to a stop after a few minutes. Overall, a fun emulsion in the right conditions.