B&W IS ON ITS WAY BACK!! This will sound ridiculous, but I saw a movie that prominently featured B&W film. It got me thinking about Kodak T-Max. The whole idea in my head a few years ago when I purchased my Nikon F4s was to shoot primarily B&W film, hand process it, and then scan frames for printing with my dedicated film scanner. It’s difficult to set up an actual chemical darkroom these days, but B&W prints from true monochromatic film can be digitally printed just as well as digital captures.
So, while I was in NYC back in January, I did some research into Epson’s line of high-end photo printers, and I found that they had some gorgeous new Fine Art papers that closely emulated what I remembered of printing and developing Kodak’s Ektalure G fiber papers in the darkroom. These new papers have some richly textured and toned surfaces and heavy cotton bases. The feel of these papers is just elegant!
So thank you Epson for running a special on your printers, as an Epson R3880 Photo Printer has joined my arsenal. My hopes are to begin shooting more T-Max 100 and 400 films, to process that film by hand to get the best results as I used to do, scan in the best of the bunch, and print some gorgeous Fine Art B&W prints on the Epson. I’m still dialing in the Epson – it takes a little work to get color profiles pinned down – but what I’ve seen so far is impressive!