Film photography is a challenge that is much different than digital. It's a special labor of love that requires patience, skill and experience. I have recently been shooting fully analog, including an analog light meter (Sekonic L-398A). This is my first roll of Tri-X 400 and my first time using an incident light meter instead of the one in camera. I've read that it takes about 4-5 rolls of film to be able to start guessing exposure without a meter, which is my ultimate goal.
I learned the darkroom on black and white film (Ilford HP5) but only because it was a requirement. Only in the last few months have I even been interested in black and white film at all, let alone shooting a whole roll.
Needless to say, I didn't expect to be as pleased by Tri-X as I was. It turns out, I really really love black and white and it just took getting to know Tri-X to show me. Not only is it extremely versatile and forgiving, but also its tonal range is unlike any digital preset or capability I've seen. Additionally, I love the grain. This is the first time that I actually want to see the files up close just to experience the texture of each photo. Digital can only copy what real film delivers. There's nothing like actually burning an image to film emulsion and I'm happy to resurrect this journey... even though it means I have to usually wait weeks to see the final result. It's worth it.
All images were shot with a Spotmatic F (1967-1973), Pentax 50mm F/1.4 Super Takumar lens, and Kodak Tri-X 400 film. They were processed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab in California.