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    Like Ian Grant said grain wise all modern 100 ASA films have less than emulsions from the 1920's and 30's. So using a 400Iso film like Kentmere 400 or Lucky SHD 400 might come closer grain wise than say Efke 100. Lucky films have a pretty much nonexistant antihalation layer, though films from the 20's and 30's had one it was less effective than todays AH layer.

    Another thing is Nostalgia even using a film, camera and lens from the 1920's to 30's won't make a photograph look like it was made in this time period since the cityscape and fashion has changed dramatically and often what we like about the photos from the 30's is the fashion and old cityscape and not the look of the film.

    To create a photograph looking like it was made in the 1930's you have to photograph the subject in 1930's surroundings. Old houses/streets man/woman dressed in classic clothing (e.g. trench coat or a dress made in the style of the 30's, all still available from current fashion houses)

    Take HCB shot of the man jumping over a puddle this image is timeless and doesn't scream 1930's neither in look nor in fashion, one could make a photograph that looks like HCB's even today all that is required is the same foggy lighting.

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    - Use a strong blue or cyan filter to make any panchromatic film behave as if it were orthochromatic.
    - Try to get a Forte 400 film
    - Overexpose.
    - Overdevelop in Rodinal.
    - You get grain galore, strange tones, and a white sky. That's what you asked for. Don't forget to add some black and white dots with a felt pen to mimic 1920s emulsion quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    To create a photograph looking like it was made in the 1930's you have to photograph the subject in 1930's surroundings. Old houses/streets man/woman dressed in classic clothing (e.g. trench coat or a dress made in the style of the 30's, all still available from current fashion houses)
    Don't forget great hairdo and accessories:

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    CMO especially the pipe since smoking is forbidden pretty much everywhere a classy pipe just oozes bygone times.

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    Yes, and I am a chain non-smoker.

    But the amount of bygone memories depends on what you put into the pipe

    Of course, the world looked different in other countries. Only after the war styles and fashion spread all over the western world.
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    The thickness of the older emulsions combined with overexposure produced more diffraction in negative. This gave them a certain luminosity that modern emulsions do not have.

    Orthochromatic films can cause very poor skin tones particularly with women where they emphacize every blemish. Red lipstick would show as black so special cosmetics were made that were green and not red. This produced a normal gray tone.

    Another point is that studio photographers took more care in lighting their subjects than today. Todays photos can be very flat and lacking in dimension. Study examples of the work of Holllywood photographers to see how they used light effectively.
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

    ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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