Everybody has their weapon of choice….
In the world of Analog Photography there seems to be two types of people; those who shoot Ilford HP5 and those that shoot Kodak Tri-X
Both are what many would call their “Go to film”.
Today I’m going to share some of my pictures and thoughts on HP5 PLUS.
Ilford describe this film as a high speed, medium contrast film, suitable for action, press and general purpose photography.
Rated at 400ASA this Black & White film has earned it’s reputation as being a reliable film for capturing “the moment”.
Bright light, Low light, pushed to 1600 it can handle almost anything and still have useable images from the negatives.
Honestly if you’re new to 35mm Analog Photography this is the film to learn on, it’s that good!
I’ve shot this film with both 35mm & Medium format cameras, it’s incredibly versatile and I’ve found that it can handle a variety of lighting conditions.
In this post I’ll be showing quite a lot of images from St Kilda Skate Park in both direct sunlight and backlit conditions along with a few other pics.
St Kilda Skate Park
I really like the grain in these images, it’s that old school look that a lot of people try to recreate with filters in Lightroom.
These were all shot with the Olympus OM-1 & 50mm f1.4, with no spot or dust removal on these images.
When you’ve got 36 shots per roll and you don’t want to waste a single one, it’s nice to know that you can use HP5 in a variety of different situations.
From the backlit Gazebo to the very dimly lit Café in the shots above, the film just looks good every time.
But what about for portraits?
Surely you’d need a slow portrait film, right?
As you can see, despite the grain and the contrast you can still make some really good looking pictures of people using HP5!
The last two shots were on Medium Format using a Mamiya 645 AFDii, all the others were on the OM-1.
There is so much that can be said about film and HP5 in particular but I think the best thing you can do is just get out there and shoot it!
For those of you who’d like to know more about the Kodak Tri-X vs HP5 debate Matt Day has an excellent video about why he switched from one to the other.
Check it out below.
That’s it for me this week, hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.
I look forward to hearing what you think.