As with all black and white film, development is hugely important when trying to control, or manage grain. The most valuable advice I can give when developing this film is to control your temperature. Keep your chemicals down at around 23 degrees C, minimise your agitations and make sure you give it a good soak before you get started. Bump your temperature and keep a low chemical dilution. Want fine, fine grain with bags of contrast? Keep the temperature down, increase chemical dilution and use moderate agitation.
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I shot the ISO film at Here I used Rodinal Stand Development , 45mins 22 degree with 1 inversion so semi-stand developing really. I used rodinal to tap water. Once dried negatives were scanned with a Epson v scanner then cleaned up and contrast enhanced in Photoshop Elements 6. I found the negatives to be a little flat with lens contrast so next time I will develop for less time so the shadow stay black. I will also invert more than once to make the highlights brighter as during stand developing highlights develop first then if left longer shadow detail next.
I normally use Kodak T-Max and film. T-Max has a finer grain structure and can look more like digital if very sharp and contrasty. Ilford FP4 Flickr photos As a comparison to the above photo shown, here is the same photo with the Leica M9 in colour.
I have to say on this occasion for me the 35mm digital vs. Here are a few old photos from when I shot my very first roll of black and white film on my late Grandfathers 35mm Yashica MG It was also the first roll of film I ever developed — December I was both amazed and overjoyed when this seemingly old fashioned process of developing black and white film at home actually worked!
Even now they are some of my favourite film shots. They look like film and have a great retro feel, rather than all the later 35mm Kodak T-Max shots that looked more modern. Digital Leica M9 I think when film can offer me something extra or different to digital then I get excited. During I shot almost all Kodak T-Max film.
I then bought a digital 35mm Leica M9 rangefinder camera. As a result my use of film temporarily stopped. Most of the photos were shot at the end of the day in low light conditions using the Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.
Taking this into consideration, I decided to use Rodinal stand development ratio again for 45mins but this time with 3 inversions during the stand. The plan was to push the highlights so brighter and underexpose the shadows to give black blacks to give some punchy high contrast negatives. The negatives are currently drip drying over the bath but I think at first glance I will have contrasty negatives that may be a little dark perhaps but I can brighten the highlights when I scan tomorrow if I need to.
I did the shoot while in Edinburgh on a work trip with local model Emma and that combination usually produces some very rewarding images. New Kodak T-Max images coming soon! I decided to load a roll in my s Leica M3 , with Leica Noctilux 50mm f1.
The FP4 plus film was developed at box speed in Rodinal, semi stand developed for 45 minute at 21 degrees. Negatives were scanned with my new Epson v scanner at dpi using an Epson v 35mm film insert placed on the v glass. Please see the results below. FP4 film has a lot of character and it is up there with my current favourites. Ilford FP4 Leica Photos.
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