In a gray morning of a warm November day, I took the opportunity to try a roll of Ilford PanF 120 (ISO 50), walking around Como in the company of my Lubitel 166 +. Just watch!
Dear friendly Lomographers, if you go for a lomowalk in Como, and you arrive by train at the Como St. John railway station, I suggest to you take the staircase that will take you to the city center. Here I took some shots with my Lubitel 166 + loaded with a roll Ilford PanF + 120. The low sensitivity of this film allows me to get a good contrast, even in low light, although of course I paid attention to avoid camera movements, due to the low shutter speed (in this case 1/60 of a second). The pleasant grayscale allows me to put the emphasis on the yellow of the leaves (lighter grey tone) of some trees in the garden around the staircase.
Once you are down, turn left, and after covering a wide avenue, you will come to a traffic light … to pass the time waiting for the green signal, you can make some experiments about shutter speed and aperture, taking some photos with different depths of field. In this case, the low sensitivity of the film combined with a fast shutter time and a wide aperture (F 4.5) has allowed me to blur the background. We often forget that the low sensitivity films allows us to combine a fast shutter time with an open aperture, and this is useful for blurring a bad background.
Cross the road, and continue for a few hundred meters in the same direction, and after few tenth of seconds you are on the lake! Here you will find a beautiful bronze sculpture, symbol of the friendship between my city Como and the Japanese city of Tokamachi.
A small aperture has allowed me to obtain great sharpness and a good depth of field. The film is essentially grain free and full of grey tones, and this has allowed me to obtain an image of great plasticity.
Meanwhile, a large group of ducks were fighting for some pieces of bread thrown into the water by some kids. Even without color filters, the high contrast of Ilford PanF allowed me to separate the grey tones of the birds from the background (the dark waters of the lake).
A few meters away, you can admire the beautiful sea planes of the local Aero Club. The film is able to provide a good impression of depth thanks to its excellent dynamic range. In fact the grey tones of the mountains in the background change with the distance in a pleasant symphony of grey.
In the details, the performance is superb, allowing you to print on large format.
The film was developed in Rodinal (R09 One Shot) at the dilution 1+25 to obtain the maximum acutance.