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Ilford Delta 3200 pushed to 12800

Delta 3200 is one of my favourite black and white film available on the market, it produces fantastic contrasts and stunning grain which is irresistible to me. Already being pushed from manufactured 1000 ISO to box 3200 i pushed to 12800 to see what affect if had on the film. The results, i think, are exceptional.

Pushing the Delta punched the contrasts right out, creating deep shadows and punchy highlights. It has also blown out the grain massively but does not create a horrible look to the images, in fact i believe that it has created an old school film look.

Before i continue i have a confession…due to being insanely busy with University projects and my dissertation i couldn’t develop this film myself, i was close to doing it however i just haven’t got the time at the moment. Genie used Neotonal Developer –  23 mins at 21º C

Before sending the film off i was considering to develop in Microphen Stock at 16 minutes which according to www.digitaltruth.com this is the correct time for processing this push. The results from Neotonal are good to say the least!

The photographs span over a month period, this is the slowest roll of film i have shot as i have been shooting a lot of digital lately.  The photos are shot around The The Britain & Elephant & Castle. The last few shots of this film were shot when i was in Charing Cross and Waterloo station after having too much to drink! The multiple exposure of an e-cigarette has some movement as i didn’t carry my tripod.

Whilst the sun was out i shot with my ND16 filter which gives a 4 stop reduction of light entering the lens so i could keep my aperture lower. I tried to stay indoors as much as possible while shooting for obvious reasons.

I will be shooting 12800 again, perhaps even 25600 or higher to see how far this film can go and how much i can squeeze out of developer. Yes, next time i will develop this film myself.

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Ilford Delta 400

On May 9th my friends at University and I held our own 4 day exhibition for our year 2 ‘The Unexplained’ final project. It was a huge success for us both professionally and within our University, full information and photographs of the gallery space can be found at the LSBU Newspaper LINK.

Loaded with Ilford Delta 400 I brought my camera along with me to document how the preparations for the exhibition took shape. The Gallery was well lit so i didn’t need to push the ISO any higher which was fantastic!

I used my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM for this roll of film as i wanted the adjustable focal length along with a fairly decent sized aperture, i attempted to use my 50mm f/1.4 however having a fixed focal length made me feel quite restricted especially as i was working within a space sensitive environment, also the DOP (drop off point) for the DOF (depth of field) is reduced massively at lower f stops and as i was shooting to document, a faster f/stop would clearly be better to use.

There’s a minimal amount of dust and scratches on the film so retouching was quick and easy with only slight fixes required, during retouching i was astonished at how much ‘data’ the negative contains. I scan at 3600dpi (my scanner does go to 7200dpi however after conversion to web quality there is not any perceivable difference, this is questionable for print though) and after scanning (even in pre-scan setting exposure to minimum) there are some burnt highlights, in post i was able to pull these down and i was amazed at how much i could retrieve from the burnt areas, digital doesn’t have such a wide tonal range to be able to do this especially with highlights, digital works better pulling and pushing darks and mid-tones yet i find still struggles at times with highlights.

I am impressed with the clarity and contrast of this film the images are strong and contain a fairly attractive classic filmic looking grain. Although the Kodak T-MAX has a beautiful fine grain at the same 400iso speed i feel that the Delta has better contrasts and tones which i tend to favour.

I have included a shot on the underground, originally i was going to remove this photo from the final publish however i feel that it works well, i shot with a very wide f/stop so that the focal point would be almost impossible to make out (near the woman sitting down) although the focus is a little out on the woman i look at this image and feel that it adds an eeriness and solitude to the image.

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