Film Friday: Message From The Past

Guest Post by Mark Toal

IProtesters and Johnson copy’ve been scanning my old black and white negatives from the 1960’s and 70’s using a Plustek scanner that I wrote about a few weeks ago. I noticed how grainy the old images are, much more than I think they should be. I grew up in Miami, Florida where it was always pretty hot. I processed most of my black & white film at 75-85 degrees so I guess that would explain the grain. If you ‘re not familiar with processing black & white film the correct temperature for processing is 68 degrees.

Move ahead 45 years and I look at my current style that is fairly gritty and grainy. It makes me wonder about the connection and if my style would have been different if I had grown up in a colder climate.

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Mark Toal is a training representative for Panasonic in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more Mark’s photos at or contact him at

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