Sorry about the dark article! Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso) is a film best used under good lighting conditions. It may be better to use a flash on rainy days with this film!
I chose a rainy day to shoot photos with fellow Lomographers. I brought a Diana loaded with Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso.) West Hollywood had deserted streets during the rain. The streets had many subjects to photograph. The sky was overcast. The light was neither dark nor too light. The Diana I had was set for shooting on cloudy days. The Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso) would have created better photos if I had brought a flash for the Diana.
The Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso) had many dark photos. A flash would have been a better option when using this film. The rain was a negative factor for photography. I feel that the film should have been able to function better. Multiple-exposure photos were attempted by me using the Diana. Most of my multiple-exposure photos did not get developed due to bad lighting. I attempted self-portraits with the Diana. None of my self-portraits were able to get developed. I made an effort to shoot photos of flowers and random objects I saw while walking around. Most of my photos did not get developed as a result of the darkness.
I was able to seek the help of fellow Lomographers in using the Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso.) My fellow Lomographers were able to shoot portraits of me at a distance of 2 meters (7 feet away.) The portrait photos were taken near an intersection, so perhaps some lights from passing cars had an effect. The portrait photos were the most clear photos that were developed from my roll of Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso.)
This article was written as a means of avoiding future mistakes with Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso.) Flash should be used whenever possible. The 400 iso may function best with a flash. In the future, I would use Ilford XP2 (120, 400 iso) with as much light as possible.