Pushing Thorsten

Pushing Thorsten

If you are new to film many of the terms and concepts can be a little confusing.  It certainly was for me coming from digital.  I didn't know what film to buy, how to scan, what tools I need or even how to load my film.   Thankfully my film loading has improved and I have gotten a lot of experience now shooting different 35mm films; TMAX, Ilford, Portra, Astia, Ektar, Acros and now starting on Medium Format 120s. A common technique with film is 'pushing'.  It simply means to expose a film at a higher ASA than it is rated.  For example, if I am using TMAX 400 I can set my camera's light meter to 1600 and set exposures assuming ASA 1600.  When I develop the film I tell the lab that it is pushed to 1600 so they develop it like I shot on TMAX 1600 (if it existed).

This can be extremely handy as you don't need to carry a 100, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 film with you.  I haven't pushed the limits yet but as you can see I can easily push 400 to0 1600 with good results. If anyone is more experienced with pushing film please leave a comment with your experience.

While I was in Sydney last I met up for a late night coffee with Danish Photographer Thorsten von Overgaard.    I have starting travel with just a film camera and we were meeting up very late one evening so it was a great chance to push some film.   Even shooting wide open at 1.4 I was getting a shutter speeds of 1/15 of a second or less.  Pushing was the only option if I wanted to take a photograph.

Today's Configuration:  Leica M6J with a Summilxu 35mm f/1.4 and Kodak TMAX 400 pushed to 1600

Thorston Von Overgaard
Thorston Von Overgaard

I really like how this shot came out... We were shooting a few shots and the moment we finished it started pouring rain.  Great timing...  I love how much contrast is in these photos.   Compare these to the black and white shots from Thorston's type 240.  I need to experiment more with this film but I love this look.   I need to find my way to a jazz bar or similar...

Thorston Von Overgaard
Thorston Von Overgaard

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