I’ve only started using Ilford HP5+ film in the last year, as I used to find the examples images I saw online too grainy. But then I tried it out in medium format and liked it, and it’s become my default choice when shooting with a Holga 120N.
Until last month, I still hadn’t shot it in 35mm, but I bought 3 rolls and decided to go all-in and shoot the first roll at EI1600 – a two-stop push – just to experiment. I was inspired by some good results from the Steel City Snapper blog.
The images shown here were shot in an Olympus OM2n and the film was developed in HC110 – because that’s the only developer I have and I’m reluctant to keep multiple developers in stock.
They were shot in a church at Kirkharle in Northumberland, a village which is best known as the birthplace of the landscape gardener Capability Brown.
They’re a bit more grainy and noisy in the shadows than I would like, but perhaps my expectations are unrealistic. As it happens, I could have used a tripod in that location, and rated the film at a lower speed, or used another film.
I’ll probably try the next roll of 35m HP5+ at box speed (ISO400) rather than pushing again.
I’m off to York Minster tomorrow and I will use HP5+ at EI1600, but this time in medium format – my Yashicamat 124G comes in handy for interiors where a tripod isn’t allowed or practical, as I can hand-hold it at 1/30s.