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Fomapan 400

Hi everyone

So much has happened over the past month, where do i begin! Okay, firstly i would like to wish all of you a huge Happy New Year (I know i’m a bit late). I hope you had a fantastic time eating too much over Christmas and drinking too much on New Years. I was being a model student and stayed in studying, i am now reaping the rewards of finishing my dissertation a month early which has freed up quite a bit of time, however i am back at University at full steam ahead with my final semester of my final year Advanced Major Project, eek!

At the beginning of January I had my Pride Exhibition at Gallery 1885 in Kennington, you can see back to some older posts where there are some more details on how the Exhibition went and the process involved, needless to say i thoroughly enjoyed the experience and i’m eager to get another one on the go!

Probably a blessing in disguise this month was loosing my job, at the time didn’t realise how much time working for my previous employer was being taken out of my week from enhancing my own photography business and developing my personal projects. Now with the free time i have managed to search and apply for many areas of photography and retouching services as well as develop my own business, update my websites and finally finish the roll of film i had loaded into my camera.

The black and white film from Fomapan has a relatively good grain for 400ISO. Although in comparison to Kodak who over the years have mastered fine grain at a higher ISO, leaves Fomapan lagging behind. There is also a lacking crispness to the photos, leaving them softer than others i have used on The 35mm Project, even the Ilford Delta 3200 pushed to 12,800 appears to have a sharper finish than the Fomapan.

The softness of the film however does not leave me unimpressed, in fact, i am quite impressed with Fomapan, especially as the softness benefits the photographs of the fog covering the houses and the people walking through tunnels. This film leaves me wanting more out of the softness, in future i will shoot using purposefully out of focus settings to create a collection of photographs much like a ghost on the image. There is photographer who’s images i can see in my head but name escapes me, when i remember i will add his name to this post as it enhances what i am talking about.

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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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Kodak BW400CN

This is the third post in a series of four rolls of film shot over London Pride 2013. Please take the time to look back through the previous post’s to fully appreciate the event and various film types used throughout the course of the evening.

The previous posts are Kodak Ektar 100 and AgfaPhoto APX 100

By this point in the evening i was getting quite drunk, i had great friends around me and the streets were alive with thousands of people celebrating Pride. The city had an energy surging through it. It was exciting to scan and see the results of the 400CN as i couldn’t remember some of the shots i had taken (oh dear).

This film delivers excellent deep contrasts and tones with a very desirable fine grain considering the ISO. Skin has come out clear and the highlights are giving a gorgeous glow.

I will shoot the next roll pushed as i am eager to see the results first hand as i feel it will not be able to handle a massive push due to it already being quite a contrasty look, however i could be wrong as processing will play an important factor.

Leading me on to some important news! I have signed up for Kennington Camera Club, which is only a stone’s throw away from me. I can now use the studio for larger shoots and i will also be using their darkroom to develop my own film.

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Ilford Pan 400

My negative scanner has arrived and i’ve been playing with a mixture of settings.  So far I only have 2 rolls of film that have been developed. Strangely one film had hardly any photographs on it! What a waste!

Anyway, the images that I have started with are quite old, some dating back a few years up until early last year.

To note I never liked this film type very much however my tutor loved it when i was at college and supplied countless rolls however i felt that it lacked the qualities of other film types offered from Ilford.

I vaguely remember trying to use this film up so i could get other old rolls used up (still being developed).

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