Ilford’s FP4+ is the newest version of its excellent, medium speed, cubit grain, panchromatic black & white stock. The first FP4 appeared 10 years before I was born, and the Plus version appeared in 1990. I shot my first roll of it back in 2015, and over the past year and a bit, I’ve taken part in 5 iterations of Emulsive’s FP4 Party, and expect to do so again next month (and next year, if it’s still going), so it’s something of a mainstay for me. I vastly prefer it to Delta 100 and TMAX 100: they’re too clean, what with their T-Grain emulsions. And FP4 is somewhat superior to its slightly cheaper stable-mate, Kentmere 100. It’s really a great film. Continue reading “It’s an FP4+ Party! (and brief review)”
I’m not much one for social media, but I recently made a concerted effort to take part in Twitter, and, to be honest, it’s quite fun. Granted, Twitter isn’t the most obvious for photo-related stuff, what with the 140 character maximum and relatively recent support for photos, but the community there is vibrant and active, and rather small. Unlike, say, the effbook or Tumblr, people actually interact with each other, and with me! It feels like a real community.
The FP4+ Party is one of the things they—we—have going there, and it’s a good time. We party every month: in week one, we shoot; in week two, develop; in week three, post; and in week four, the organizers announce the ‘winners.’ If you’re on twitter, and you shoot black & white film, buy a few rolls of FP4+ and join in! Continue reading “FP4Party!”
I was impressed with the FP4 Plus the first time I shot it and I was looking forward to shooting it again. And after shooting through a roll, developing and scanning it, and processing the files into pictures, it didn’t disappoint, as long as I took the time to compose and consider the outcome. Continue reading “Harmon Films – Ilford FP4 Plus (2)”
The Ansco was/is a beautiful film. I’m glad to have another roll to shoot… I think I’ll stick it in the freezer for now, and use it for something special.
And the R3 Monobath is an excellent, easy developer. I look forward to using it again… I should probably pick up a couple of rolls of HP5 or Tri-X or something and shoot more B/W. Continue reading “Expired Ansco, meet R3 Monobath (4)”
So 50 year old Ansco still has some life in it and the R3 works very well and is super easy to use, but I encountered three problems. A couple are obviously user error, probably all of them are.
Please. If you have any advice or suggestions, please please please pass them on. Continue reading “Expired Ansco, meet R3 Monobath (3 – problems)”