Chapter 1 – Pushing Ilford HP5+ & Kodak Tri-X to 1600
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been taking a photo every day of Kat, with my Leica M4.
I’ve got a couple of self imposed rules for these photos: We have to use available light (both natural & artificial) and we have to shoot in around 60 seconds or less.
The idea for these constraints is that it will force me to make a photo quickly and more fluidly. So less time thinking, more time doing.
Kat and I are both currently working on a TV series here in Melbourne so some of the locations are going to be dark, real dark.
Anyone who has ever tried taking stills on a professional film set will know that despite the appearance of a lot of light, there’s actually not that much to work with.
But we’ll also be venturing out into the daylight from time to time so there should be a good mix of lighting and locations.
Not every photo worked out to both our liking and I shot other things on the film as well so what you’ll see here is just a selection of the pics we took.
So hopefully you like pictures of girls with folded arms staring either at the camera or just off camera cause there’s going to be a lot of them 😉
The first roll of film we used was Ilford HP5+ which I pushed from ASA 400 to 1600
The second roll of film was Kodak Tri-X also pushed from ASA 400 to 1600
Well, there you have it!
I think that both HP5+ & Tri-X look pretty similar when viewed like this.
I know neither one handles back lighting or lens flares very well when pushed so I tried to avoid that when possible.
The next film we’re using is CineStill 800T so you’ll get to see some colour soon.
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