It is said that with this film you really have to try to get the exposure wrong. I agree.
From Wikipedia: “HP is a cubic-grain black-and-white film from Ilford Photo with a long history. It originated as Hypersensitive Panchromatic plates in 1931.”
This film is a true classic. Anyone shooting monochrome sooner or later tries it out. For good reason. Its nominal 400 ASA and nice grain and tonality make it the perfect all-rounder. It can be easily processed. It is readily available. And what amazes me the most is that it is one of the most robust films in the world. I present here pictures made with Ilford HP5, the previous version to the current HP5+ Ilford film, which had expired in 1989. Yep, that’s 21 years ago, more than some of you are old :D (And I still have some rolls of that 120 goodness left!).
The HPs are legendary for their pushing capacity. I have seen HP5+ pushed to 64000 ISO. Amazing, eh?
I honestly have no idea to what ISO I pushed my HP5 when making these shots (and what nominal ISO it had to start with after so many years of expiry under unknown storage conditions!), as I Don’t Think, Just Shoot!!! whether it be a dark gloomy winter day with some medium format slow platic lens or sunny summer with fast glass 35mm.
Whatever low-light punishment you inflict on this emulsion, just semi-stand develop it in Rodinal 1+200 for 2 hours (or 1+125 for 1 hour as I did with these two rolls) and you’re all set!
Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!
The new year is still young, but it seems as if it'll be over quickly. My organizer is already filled with entries until June. 2015 will probably be worse than 2014 when it comes to having time off so I could take some analogue shots. Anyway, there are some photography-related things that I really want to get done. It is probably best to set some goals if I only have very limited time.
Every year my city Como hosts, for the Easter period, a great fun fair. This is a great occasion to test a camera, to make experiments with films, to have fun and to photograph people while also having fun! This year, I used my gem, the wonderful Horizon Perfekt (that I bought from the Lomography Online Shop) loaded with a timeless film, a Kodak Tri-X 400 developed, as usually for b/w, by myself. Read more after the jump!
Probably each one of you has been annoyed with failed film. This is particularly annoying when you get the developed film back from the lab, but you get blanks because the film was not exposed. It's either the film transport didn't work, or you have not taken the lens cap off, etc. Read on and I'll show you an alternative to just throwing away the film: Simply use it as a color filter for your camera, with the La Sardina for example.
There are so many exciting things you can do with the Lomo'Instant camera, it's hard to know where to start! We've been giving this lovable Lomo camera the full test drive so that you can experience its full potential in an instant! Here are some top tips on shooting very long exposures in dark places.
You want your subject be the center of attention? Petzval lens are recognizable for sharpness and crispness in the centre, strong color saturation, wonderful swirly bokeh effect, artful vignettes and narrow depth of field that will make your subjects stand out!
I backed the Kickstarter project for the Lomo’Instant earlier this year and was thrilled to receive it last week. I love how the camera naturally encourages you to experiment with its different features, whether it’s through flashing your multiple exposures with different colors or trying different creative techniques after your shots has been ejected. Here are a few tips from what I’ve discovered from playing with the camera so far (and a couple of tips I want to try out in future)!
A problem is only a problem if you can’t make a way around it. Luckily, this tipster can get you pushing your ISO to the extreme or make your way around cameras that use DX codes to match your ISO settings!
If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!