The above image was scanned directly from the photograph itself probably a contact print from a large format negative. The resolution is unbelievable. Basically there is no film grain. None. The pencil mark is original.
Goes to show the archival quality of the black and white print, and also the the pencil.
Some scans of a work trip to Atlantic City. After the 2008 Financial Crisis and general downturn in the economy, the place was run-down but full of character. i must have had a 25A red filter on this to have the sky come out so dark.
It is a very common pencil here in Singapore and i remember using them when i was below the age of ten. Then of course mechanical pencils became common, and i started using those instead.
You can find them in Popular book shops where they go for $2.85 for a double pack of a dozen (24 pencils).
What i like about them is the exterior paint work and design. The lead is good and dark, but it is soft and does not hold a point particularly well. The wood is some generic kind, with no smell but it sharpens well.
Overall a good pencil to use, without concerns for its preciousness, but yet good enough to like, and easily available so one can continue to use it.