As I have said before I am trying to spice up my photography this year by trying different things so I decided to try out a roll of film that has been in my fridge for ages … Silberra Orta 50.
I have had this roll for over 2 years and have tried ilford’s Ortho offering before digging this out.
I really liked how Ortho 80 looked when I tried it so I was looking forward to seeing how Orta 50 compared as they are both Orthochromatic films.
You can see my previous blogs of Ortho 80 here:
It was a reasonably bright day so I loaded my Nikon F90 which I have been neglecting recently and went out for a walk.
When I returned home and opened the Massive Dev app to decide how to develop the roll I realised that the only developer that I had that was suitable was Rodinal which as it happens was the developer I used when shooting Ortho 80 last time.
The dilution/times were 1+25 for 11 minutes
The resulting negatives were extremely contrasty looking out of the tank and just the same when scanning.
I am not sure if it is the developer or the film stock itself but most of the images had a sort of a glow about them and quite a few of the highlights had blown out.
The overall look was pleasing and I liked the contrast and sharpness but compared to ilford Ortho 80 the tonal range was far more compressed.
If I had to choose which stock I would shoot again it would have to be Ortho 80 to be honest as Orta 50 was a bit too harsh for me and the grain was a little too intrusive but that may have been the fault of using Rodinal.
So here is most of the roll minus some duplicate frames.
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