HP5+ @EI 1600, in 35mm

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.


  1. Great results Kevin. I really don’t mind grain in photos that much, but I was really pleased by how little was apparent when shooting HP5+ at 1600asa. I’d been expecting something closer to Delta 3200 and much more contrast, but it hadles the push really well.

    The photo of the crucifix in the window is beautiful.

    Did you use a tripod for these, or are they handheld?

    Thanks for the mention BTW. šŸ™‚

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