9/11 Tribute in Lights Long Exposure on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 4x5 Film

I hadn't planned on taking any pictures of the 9/11 Tribute in Light this year, but it was gorgeous last night and I did have my 4x5 film holders loaded. It's always interesting to see how many people are crowded along the East River to get a view of the tribute lights come on at dusk. This year I got there at 6:45 and there were hundreds of people waiting. All of my normal shooting spots were already lousy with tripods, so I walked around looking for a nice vantage point, finally settling in by Jane's Carousel. It's a moving experience looking at those lights surrounded by the buildings of Lower Manhattan. This year it felt good to see World Trade Center One at its full height (minus the spire) just north of the Tribute in Lights. I shot a few sheets of Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and a handful of Fuji Provia 100 transparencies while I was there, as well a dozen or so frames with the Olympus OM-1. I haven't taken my color film to the lab yet, but I did wake up early this morning to develop the B&W shots.

This one is my favorite, because of the looping helicopter light trails in the sky.

9/11 Tribute in Light Long Exposure on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 4x5 Film Developed in Ilford DD-X

9/11 Tribute in Light Long Exposure on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 4x5 Film

You can view a very large version of this in my Flickr Photostream.

This shot was a 2 minute exposure at f22 and developed in Ilford DD-X (1+4 dilution) at 20C for 11 minutes. There's very little documentation for Fuji Neopan Acros 100 in sheet format, especially with DD-X so I've had to experiment a bit with times. From a recommendation on APUG, I initially tried it at 1+9 dilution and 22C for 9 minutes. The negatives were a little thin, so I did some very unscientific comparisons of 120 and sheet film times on the Massive Dev chart. I think for now, I'll stick with this diltuon and time for Fuji Acros in 4x5 format.

I'll upload some color pics in a few days.