Hello Ladies and Gents
Hope all is well!
As of late, I’ve been doing lots of shooting with Ilford HP5 (bulk rolled) with HC-110 developer.
I use in both 35mm and 120 formats, the 120 is amazing especially when pushed with Rodinal or Pyro PMK
I really do enjoy that film and it works great for me, and as a matter of fact..when I really think about it, it’s possible Ilford HP5 is my favorite B&W film ever!
Actually, I think Ilford as a company may be making most of my favorite film products
Not a surprise since they’ve been dedicated to top notch film stuff for decades
So back to the subject..
My love for HP5 lead to me wanting to try out its brother, Delta 400, who i’ve heard great things about and have minimal experience with honestly..
Rodinal is one of the most popular and widely used black and white film developers in the world.
It has been used by some of the greatest film photographers for its look, feel and amazing shelf life.
Often lasting years when kept in ideal conditions, you don’t need much of it to develop your film as its dilution ratios are much less compared to most film developers
My primary use of it, as well as many other photographers, has been for pushing certain films to higher ISOs using stand development techniques.
Rodinal’s performance with stand development has given me some amazing shadow detail and sharpness in images, specifically with films such as Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5.
The history of Rodinal hasn’t been paved in gold unfortunately..as its formula was in danger but saved due to its sale to other companies a couple times
Been a while i know…i’ve been up and down, left and right and all over the place lately.
Felt it was time for a much needed update 🙂
I recently did a shoot with a friend at his apartment to test out a new lens for my Pentax 645n and also to get more used to shooting in low light conditions.
We agreed that we would use one light source only, dimly lit, so when i would push the film there would be more shadow details.
I also decided to bring along my Leica M2, which i haven’t used in a while and was happy to have out with me.
It was kind of interesting having them both in my hands and switching between the two.
If you’re from the east coast of the U.S. , hope you’re enjoying the weather as much as I am (not at all)
I’ve recently gotten some emails from some readers of the blog on how much they enjoyed previous posts so I felt the need to tell you guys about what I’ve been up to lately
Firstly, i’d like to thank everyone who took the time out to check out my blog and posts. It is greatly appreciated
Now back to the what i’ve been up to..well, I seem to have caught the Medium Format photography bug 🙂