Friday, March 15, 2019

My Ilford FP4 Personal Review......

My results are back for the Ilford FP4 Film Test and I was surprised!  I followed the exposure advice of the Phoblographer and was pleased with the results:


  • Underexposed 1 stop outdoors in bright sunlight
  • Over exposed 1 stop indoors



My Panorama of the Salt River Bridge composed of the two images below using Photomerge:



Because of sound advice from someone who had already spent the time figuring it out, I experienced none of the problems that I've had with Film Ferrania P30 or Silberra Pan 160/100.  So I won't repeat what the Phoblographer said in his review........just check it out.


Below, a few shots from the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park.  You'll see more from this location coming soon.


First the view from the North Side.



And views from the South Side:







These turned out a bit over exposed still.  I had used a dark orange filter and took a filter factor of 1 instead of 2.  Next time I will not use a filter factor.  I think the FP4 35 mm is worth another spin around the block.  I do like it better than HP5.

Special view from the top of the Natural Bridge looking through a hole to the bottom:



My next FP4 posting will be the 120 film that I received from my Secret Santa.  The Phoblographer does warn that the larger format has some issues.  We'll see.



Friday, March 8, 2019

How many films is it really possible to be an expert at using?

I'll be posting a survey on Twitter, but I wanted to give my non-Twitter followers a chance at answering this question.  In the future I will write an 'article' here on my feelings and the results of my survey.

So let me state the question:

What films do you use and how many do you feel it is possible to be an expert with?  Please leave a comment or vote on Twitter @AnalogPhotoBug, and look for the future article.


The films I Typically Use.



Sunday, March 3, 2019

52 Rolls Redux: North Park Colorado



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I wasn't sure I'd have anything to post.......I was experimenting with films and that means we can't count on the results.  But on closer inspection my Ilford SFX-200 experiment using an IR 695 Filter  were more successful than I had expected.  Below, Nokhu Crags (12.490 ft, 3807 m) in the Never Summer Range, above Cameron Pass:





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We continued to chase Fall Across Northern Colorado along Poudre Canyon and North Park:









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Tech Info:  Ilford SFX-200 (infrared sensitive) film, IR 695 Filter with a filter factor of +2 dialed in (probably need +3 next time), Mamiya 6X7 Rangefinder with 43 mm lens.  Developed and scanned by Old School Photo Labs.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Results for Silberra PAN 160 Film: Part II

We'll finish looking at Silberra PAN 160.  All images have Photoshop enhanced Levels, Contrast and Brightness.  The first three images are from the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic Nature Trail:








Below, three images from Hwy 87 approaching 4 Peaks:








Those of you that have followed me for a while, realize that T-MAX 400 is my film because I lean towards high contrast.  When I want lower contrast I use Ilford Delta 400.  In both cases I use contrast filters.

I have my favorite films and I ask myself whether it is worth the time to learn about new films?  My favorite B&W: Kodak T-MAX 400, Ilford SFX-200 and Ilford Delta 400;  I also want to spend some more tie with Ilford Delta 3200.  My Favorite Color film for now is Kodak Portra 400;  I am presently testing the new Kodak E100.