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Shot on film: Ilford HP5 | Plaubel Makina 67 | Nikkor 80/2.8

Last few days of 2023, and our Discord group of photographers managed to one last photo walk in. Sometimes it is so hard to find a few people to come shoot, but once in a while, everyone happened to be available and down to shoot. I shot three rolls of Ilford BW film, namely XP2 Super, Delta 100 and HP5 (this post). It wasn’t really my plan to shoot only Ilford, but we might be able to see if there are any difference in these film stocks. I’m on the cynic camp when it comes to BW film – they are almost the same especially post editing.

Ilford HP5

Camera settings: Internal light meter determined rough exposure. All were shot at 1/160s at f/8 and f/11. Should be pretty straight forward, since HP5 is supposed to rival Tri-X as one of the best films ever made.

Tilikum Crossing Bridge

Willamette River

From the east bank, we made ourselves to the famous Tilikum Crossing Bridge, the bridge that allows everyone except cars across. It is a very modern bridge, and one of the better-looking bridges in this city of bridges. The sky parted a little, which let a little sunshine through.

Similar to XP2, I think HP5 is a little too flat. It is supposed to be crunchy, maybe not as much as Tri-X, but these look very flat. I’m definitely not a good BW shooter, as none of these are inspiring. Maybe I need to learn to shoot better subject, or at least shoot on days with better conditions?


Date: Dec 30th, 2023.
Issue 87. Volume 14. Chapter 6. MA207_P67

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