I had seen this film advertised for a while but never seemed to be able to get my hands on any as it was always sold out.
Lucky for me a few months back I got a roll sent to me by a fellow twitter photographer along with various other eclectic film stocks.
I was pretty excited to try it out and loaded my Olympus OM1n as I had not shot it for ages and managed to get quite an array of images over a 2 week period … Grey day/Sunny day, Night time and some close ups too.
I had the roll developed and scanned by Filmdev
The images were really punchy with quite a bit more grain than I was used to with Lomo CN400 which is my current goto colour negative stock.
Even though the grain was present I was really happy with how they looked, the colours were lovely and had an almost X-Pro/vivid look where the reds and greens popped and pretty sharp too.
I think the images in really good light or night time scenes with lights worked the best for me, in fact if I can get hold of some more I would definitely go night shooting.
Here is a selection from the roll ….
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A few weeks back and the subject of my last post here I was sent some developer to test out by Spur Photo http://spur-photo.com/.
This time I tried out their Acurol-N developer on some Ilford HP5+. The information I was given by the company was to rate the film at iso 200 and Dev for 12 minutes at a dilution of 1-50 which I proceeded to do.
From what I have read on the web this developer should yield sharper negatives with little effect on the grain so I shot some random stuff which hopefully would show the added sharpness.
I used my Olympus OM1n and 50mm f1.8mc which has given me pretty good clean images especially at f5.6-f11, nearly all the images here were at f8.
I have never shot HP5 at iso 200 before I have nearly always pushed it as I love the contrast and grain I get from it.
I must admit I really like the images that I got, they were very sharp indeed and the grain did not seem as pronounced as I usually get with HP5 especially in large areas of uniform colour like skies in fact it was really quite smooth in comparison.
As I now have a complete darkroom setup I am going to try a few prints from the negs to see what the softer grain looks like.
Both the developers that I have tried have definitely produced different negatives than what I get from my usual dev combinations in a good way and depending on what I am after in the final image I will keep using both.
Thank you again to Spur for giving me the opportunity to try out your products I highly recommend them to all B&W photographers out there 🙂