Kodak Tri-X 400 Black and White 35 mm Film Pushed to 1600 and Yellow Filter Review

The beauty of Tri-X 400 pushed to 1600 with yellow filter:

Why push?

When you push film, you increase shutter speed, and add contrast and grain.

Why yellow filter?

Additional contrast, and more brightness in skin tones.

How does it look?

It looks beautiful! My thoughts:

  1. Shooting black and white film has the ultimate longevity — the “look” and aesthetic will always be beautiful.
  2. More grain, more contrast looks more beautiful.
  3. RICOH GR III high contrast monochrome JPEG as the closest thing I have achieved compared to Trix pushed to 1600.
  4. Shoot with a flash for more visual impact.

More dynamic range in the highlights

Biggest benefit of black and white film — no blown highlights.

Give it a go for fun!

Honestly you can get really good results in monochrome via RICOH GR II and flash (ERIC KIM PRESET on raw photos), or just jpeg with RICOH GR III. But if you’ve never tried pushing monochrome film, give it a go!

Also read my article: Lessons after processing 100+ rolls of black and white film after a year >


Shot on film Leica MP (and M6), Leica 35mm f2 Summicron ASPH, Yellow B+W filter: