I’ve decided to try this film after reading wonderful things about it but I found out some things I didn’t know before. I’ll let you guys decide if they’re pros or cons.
I have read enthusiastic reviews about this emulsion and I really wanted to try a black and white film since so many people still use film just because the b&w is so much better than the digital version. Then I decided to start with the one I had heard of. I bought the Ilford HP5 Plus for about 8€ a 36 roll. It’s quite pricey but this American trip was very important to me so I wanted the best film available.
At that moment, I didn’t have any color roll so I just put one of the two I had bought and started shooting in LA, San Diego, Las Vegas and Bryce Canyon. Yes I know that a canyon isn’t the perfect subject for a black and white photo but that was what I had. So let’s see how everything came out.
I love many of these photos but they look very old. You see, there’s heavy grain in almost every photo and this is both a pro and a con. Obviously it gives the photos a particular effect but they also tend to become less usable when you want to enlarge them (I have one as wallpaper on my 15" screen and it doesn’t fit very well) Let’s say it can seem like a photo taken at very low resolution and enlarged to fit the screen.
Then I used some color rolls I found and kept the second and last Ilford film for San Francisco and New York where I thought the urban landscape would prove better for black and white photography.
Have a look:
I really love these photos. I would have just liked them to appear more high-res. I’m not saying the HP5 Plus is a bad film. That wouldn’t be true and won’t do justice to the effects of the film. You just need to know beforehand what you’re going to use and get after developing the film.
Hope you liked the results! Let me know if you have different thoughts about the HP5 Plus!