It’s been a while since I’ve taken any photographs with Adox CMS, to be honest I’d forgotten what a beautiful film stock it is. The crispness and clarity of negatives shot with CMS easily rival those of my favorite film, Washi S.
I don’t think I’ve shot CMS at ISO 12 before, and considering the weather, this probably wasn’t the wisest of choices, but I’m quite experienced at making not the wisest of choices. It had been raining/drizzling all day and when the sun broke through the clouds I wanted to seize the moment and get out and shoot a roll of film.
Since it was still a mostly cloudy day and I had decided to shoot at the slowest recommended speed for CMS, I thought this might be a good opportunity to use one of my more neglected lenses, my old Canon 28mm f/2.8 silver LTM lens, which also happens to my fastest wide angle lens. The Canon is a nice lens but certainly not my sharpest lens, it seemed to be a bit at cross purposes to use a super sharp film with a decently, but not super sharp lens. Oh well.
Mid town Reno is interesting in that north of mid town is the down town casino area where most of the famous old casinos were, places like Harrahs, The Cal Neva and The Nevada Club but if you cross mid town going east to west as I was that day, you cross a few different socio-economic zones.
The houses in my neighborhood are old and generally modest as you head west you cross the commercial mid town area of Viriginia Street once the main thoroughfare in Reno and where Down town Reno is. As proceed further west the houses become increasingly larger and more upscale.
Often though I find the alleys and more dilapidated out buildings and nooks and crannies to be more visually interesting than fancy houses and businesses. The mundane and decrepit seem to hold the most interest for me.
This roll was shot with my trusty old Canon IVSb2 and developed in Adotech. I’ve read of people having good luck developing CMS in Caffenol, so at some point I do plan to try developing it in Artemisianol.
Soon I hope to get a few more rolls of Adox so that I don’t forget what a truly stunning film this is, at least to my eyes.