Why a 400 ISO (Fast Film) Is Good for Street Photography . . .

. . . When I made the change to using film exclusively for Street, I used the film I had in my bulk loader at the time – Ilford FP4 Plus, an ISO 125 Fine Grain Film. However, with our typical British climate (cloudy) and my preference for Zone Focussing, I ran into problems with achieving a workable DOF.

With Street, most of the subject matter exhibits an annoying tendency to move unpredictably. Further, it has a nasty habit of not keeping a consistant distance from the lens from subject to subject. Continue reading “Why a 400 ISO (Fast Film) Is Good for Street Photography . . .”

Ilford HP5 Plus and Rodinal with Salt – An Experiment to Minimize Grain and Improve Contrast . . .

. . . A video to accompany this test is on my YouTube Channel and you will find the link at the bottom of this post. Also, quite a long thread has grown from this experiment over at APUG.ORG and a point has been raised about the 4th set of images below (1:100 with Salt). I have added the revision below.

In an attempt to find the best method for reducing the appearance of grain to a minimum when shooting Ilford HP5 Plus and processing in Rodinal (Adox Adonal), I conducted the following experiment.

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It’s Been A Long Time Since My Last Post . . .

. . . And that’s not for losing interest in Street Photography.

The truth is, I have devoted the last 18 months of my spare time to restoring a classic VW Camper Van, which would enable me to travel to all the fantastic cities the UK has to offer.

At long last the van is finished. In fact I’m writing this post on my iphone in the camper having just spent a fabulous 5 days visiting Chester, Monmouth, Cirencester, Birmingham and Manchester.

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