After my initial disappointment with the graininess I found in that first roll of HD 400, I decided to try to shoot through the rest of it as fast as possible, so when Hana and I decided to take a trip to the Dallas Arboretum, I grabbed a roll to refill the FG in case I ended up shooting through the first roll of Compania Imago-rolled Rollei CN 200 that I mentioned earlier this week.

At first glance, I thought it turned out less grainy than my first roll, but looking again now, I think the subjects just disguised the grain some.

First up, 3 varieties of Maple, I think…

The grain is there, but due to the busyness of the scenes, it’s taken a backseat to the color.

But check out this nice treescape…

postcard

Or this babbling brook that looks like a painting you might find hanging in the lobby of a musty, older motel in some little town in some out of the way location…

lobby

The HD 400 has some decent color, but the grain is something else. I’ve not encountered such a grainy 400 speed film before, sorta makes me wonder if I could, say, shoot it at 200 or 800 and somehow minimize the grain… That said, I’m down to just a couple of rolls, and I probably won’t pick up any more, especially given that it’s out of production now (that, and I have a whole load of film now: happy birthday to me!).

I shot somewhat more people photography than I usually do. I think I was feeling confident or something, Allahu Alim. But I like this one, more or less, though I think I had some issues with scanning: the Kodak films have a very pronounced convex warp that makes them a real pain to scan: another reason I probably won’t mess with the HD 400 again.

Anyway, I like this one.  The old couple seemed pretty happy together. May Allah keep Hana and I similarly happy with one another, Ameen.

benching

And I don’t know why (actually, I do), but every time we visit the Arboretum, there’s a Quinceañera shoot going on. I usually grab a shot or to, but I’ve not been too happy with them before. This time, I got a decent before/during…

Quinceañera 1

…and after, too.

Quinceañera 2

And that was it for the Arboretum trip.

The rest of Spring Break was largely uneventful. We didn’t do much, really: neighborhood walks and a trip up to Mustang’s place for lunch one afternoon.

But more on those later.

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