In Development: Adventures in Film, Volume 40

This roll of film contains a few experiments… Not only was this one of my first rolls of film with my Hasselblad 500CM, I was shooting Ilford FP4 Plus for the first time. I was still getting acquainted with the Hassy (and to be honest, I still am…I’ve never got into a rhythm of shooting it consistently enough to feel really comfortable with it), and it shows in a few of these photos. Transitioning to seeing in square format isn’t too difficult on its own, but when you layer in shooting from the hip and the mirrored viewfinder I really struggled to translate my vision into a reality. I think I might need to treat it more as a tripod camera to feel more comfortable with it…but I can’t stand tripods…so unfortunately it sits on my shelf more days than it really should. :-/

As far as the film goes, I’m really pleased with the results of FP4 Plus! It’s super sharp/clear and has very little grain. Usually I’m looking for a different aesthetic with my black and white film, but I figured the a slow film with high quality would pair nicely with the slow working style of the Hassy. It’s been so long since I shot this roll of film that I can’t really remember much of the scenes that I shot, so I can’t comment on its ability to handle wide dynamic range or exposure errors. But in terms of everything else, I’m super happy with it. I could see it being a perfect film for landscape, architectural, and studio photography. I’m not sure how often I’ll be shooting it going forward since I rarely shoot film that’s this slow, but if I ever decide to lug my Hassy on a hike and I’ve got monochrome on the mind maybe I’ll load up some more FP4…


Details:

  • Film: Ilford FP4 Plus, Shot at ~ISO 125 and exposed for the shadows (a little overexposure)
  • Camera: Hasselblad 500CM + Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8
  • Lab: The FIND Lab
  • Edits: Contrast, tone curve, clarity tweaks to most images

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