What can I say, it was a busy summer for visitors…..
I’m not new to Ilford HP5 Plus 400. From memory, the first roll I shot was on a road trip around the East Cape with my two boys back in 2012. I absolutely loved the results, so much so that I ordered quite a few rolls. However, slowly over time I stopped using it. It wasn’t a conscious decision on my part but, I gradually convinced myself that it just wasn’t a film I could easily shoot here in the Bay of Plenty. Our days tend to be harsh bright light and not the kind of moody weather I felt the film was more suited to.
Having rationalised that my frequent trips to Wellington and it’s surrounds offered more suitable light I decided to load up the Leica MP and the Leica M7 with a couple of rolls. Also, as all the film I currently own is expired to some degree it would be film Expired in December 2014 I’d be using.
For glass, I’d use the 35mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph and the 50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph lenses.
If you’ve been to New Zealand you’ll probably have heard the saying “four seasons in one day” by way of a reference to the weather. Down in Wellington, you can probably multiply that several fold!!!
The technical stuff, please skip if you aren’t interested in silver halides, emulsions and the magic of film…..
Several weeks prior I’d shot an developed a test roll of Ilford HP5 400. I did this to remind myself of the films latitude. Therefore, I’d rated this film at ISO 320 to give me a base half a stop of over exposure and then exposed each individual frame accordingly. Most of the time I over exposed by an additional 1/2 to 1 stop. I then developed the film as if it had been rated at ISO 400 as follows:
Developer - ID11 @ 1:3 20’ - 18 minutes
Stop - Distilled Water - 2 minutes
Fix - Ilford Rapid Fix - 7 minutes
Water Rinse - 1 min refresh, 2 min refresh, 2 min refresh
Distilled Water Rinse - 5 minutes
Wetting Agent - 1 minute
Also, as I use a JOBO CPP2 to process my film the settings were 20’ and most critically programme F which is I believe the slowest motorised rotation available.
Prior to developing this role I actually asked for developing suggestions in the JOBO Facebook group.
Further Note: All the images here are compressed JPG files, most are under 100kb or less in size.
Around the Bays
Wellington, compact and walkable, it’s hands down my favourite city in New Zealand. Full of a character and charm thats unique to NZ its a must visit for any traveller. Whats more, its t’s blessed with many beautiful bays that encompass the wider city perimeter.
I took a leisurely drive around the coast on a changeable Sunday morning to try and capture some moody B&W’s and a little bit of that character.
I’m a sucker for an interesting tree……I worked this one and got several shots out of it. I couldn’t choose between them so I’ve self indulgently included three of them….
Until next time.