Kodak Technical Pan

Banff National Park (August 2016)

Kodak Technical Pan

On a recent trip to Lake Louise in Banff National Park, I decided to load up a roll of Kodak Technical Pan film to shoot some black and white landscape photographs. What makes this film special is it's ultra fine grain and extra sensitivity in the emulsion. This film's extra sensitivity makes photographing the sky without a filter very pleasing in the final result. In my preparation, I read as much as I could about the film and decided to shoot at EI 20. Due to the fine grain of the film, it's quite slow but provides incredible tonality and gradation. Developer choice is also very important before exposing. Kodak formulated a special developer for this emulsion, Technodal, but it has since gone out of production and is difficult to get internationally. I decided to use Rollei RLC (Rollei Low Contrast) at the prescribed 1:4 dillution for Rollei's own ATP technical film for 6 minutes. I bracketed the shots +/- 1 stop for the entire roll. I also used a .6 Grad ND since some of the shots were right into the face of the sun. Next time, I'll do without the bracketing since the meter on the ol' Canon Elan II works quite well. Shot with: Canon Elan II Canon 24-105 F/4 L IS Tokina 11-16 F/2.8

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