Kodak Tri-X & D76 Developer - Underexposed, Under-developed, and Over-Agitated | Leica M3

I'm not going to get into the Leica M3 just yet, but I have been shooting with it a tiny bit. I've also been developing more and more black and white film.

I'll admit, when it comes to anything with measurements or timing, I have a strange habit of eyeballing things and sometimes just plain old guessing. This includes my attempts to cook anything. Eyeballing and guessing seemed fine with my developing of Kodak T-Max film. With Tri-X, it's a little bit different. After about two tries, Tyler and I have come to the conclusion (with a bit of further research) that you have to overexpose Tri-X, leave it in the developer longer (like 8 or 9 minutes), and minimize the agitation while developing.

So here are my results with shooting Tri-X 400 at box speed, developing it at 6.5 minutes, and accidentally agitating it too much during developing.

Also, I'm having trouble with the film curling too much after it's dried.

Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3

Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3

Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3

^ These two of me are shot by Tyler.
You can see the faint sprocket outlines. Apparently this is caused by too much agitation.

Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3
Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3
Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3
^ Shot these while we were at Macy's. Tyler had just got his suit tailored for his sister's wedding in July. You can really see the sprocket holes ghosting here.

And lastly, here's one that came out nicely. Tyler shot this frame during our friend Chris's photoshoot with Larissa.
Kodak Tri-X and D76 developer underexposed under developed agitation Leica M3


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