HP5: Pushed, Pulled and Straight

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@800, Ilfosol S
Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@800, Ilfosol S 1+14

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@200, Tmax Dev
Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@200, Tmax Dev 1+9

Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@400,  Ilfosol S
Hexar RF, ZM Biogon 35, HP5@400, Ilfosol S 1+14

HP5 is plastic in the best sense of that word. If the digital camera manufacturers release some rogue virus that destroys every emulsion except for HP5, I could happily continue shooting B&W, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

BTW, you shouldn’t interpret that as meaning HP5 will be the only thing I’m shooting. I’ve souped my last roll of it for a while, and a pile of Delta 400 and TriX is waiting in the wings.

6 Replies to “HP5: Pushed, Pulled and Straight”

  1. seeing those frames makes me want to try hp5 again. lovely.

  2. I always thought HP5 had an interesting character – deeper blacks than Tri-X (totally unscientific conclusion). I have been enduringly loyal to Tri-X, but I must admit – there is a lot to be said for the old Ilford approach.

    Still my favorite photo site. You actually – overused word – inspire me to return to B&W photography. So busy with earning a living right now, putting two daughters through school, that I seldom pick up one of my treasured cameras and do what I really enjoy doing. Please keep it up – there are so few genuine photographers on the web. Everyone is selling something. You are different.

    My best to you and Kate – your incredibly patient model.

    Max

  3. Thanks, Bernhard.

    Max, thanks for your kind words. I hope you do find time for photography. I find I have to sneak it in 15 minutes at a time, but it’s worth it.

    HP5 does have a slightly different look. I don’t know if the blacks are deeper, but I think they look at little cleaner.

  4. I also am inspired. I am impressed not only withe the sheer quality of the image, but the beauty of composition and model as well. Very well done.

  5. I like the chrisler shot very much …. then Hp5 @ 800 … must give it a try,
    ciao

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