These photos of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast, Valletta were shot on Ilford HP5+ pushed to ASA1600.
Ilford HP5+ is one of my favourite films. Many times i shoot it straight at ASA400 but on most days i shoot at ASA1600 then develop accordingly. This creates grain and contrast that i like.
Films suitable for low light are rare. There is Ilford Delta 3200 but personally i am not a fan. For me it is either Hp5+ at ASA1600, Kodak Tri X at ASA1600 or if i need more i will go to Kodak Tri X at ASA3200.
All the photos here were metered in camera. There are ‘better’ ways to meter for this situation but i stuck to this method since it is what the majority of film cameras can offer.
The ‘tonal range’ is very short but there is still plenty of detail in the highlights and this is what makes HP5+ such a great low light choice. Shadows are on the darker side and loose details quickly but this is normal for pushed films in low light. Then we have the grain. Its there and noticeable and lets you know that the photo you are looking at was shot on film. It is smooth and different than the high ISO noise look from a digital camera.
Ilford HP5+ is not designed for scanning especially when pushed, so there might be some light editing work to be done. I slightly retouch all my photos when preparing to post on this blog but nothing that changes the character of the film used.
Photography by © Alan Falzon. Developed and scanned by Darkroom Malta.
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