One more roll of film developed, this time a film I haven’t used for a long time, the Ilford FP4. I used to shoot almost exclusively Ilford films, but one day I switched to to the mighty Kodak TRI-X and stuck there. For landscape b&w work, I usually shoot with the Kodak TMAX 100 which is indeed superb. I had one 35mm roll of FP4 left in my fridge for quite some time, so I thought I gave it a try.
I was really pleased with the results I got, FP4 is a traditional emulsion with a great look. Developed with Ilfosol 3, it gives a sharper look than Ilfotec DD-X, which is my usual developer (with increase of grain of course).
The slow speed of the FP4 (I rate it at ISO 100), allows the use of wide open apertures during daylight (with the help of a 3 stops ND filter, since the max shutter speed of the Leica M7 is 1/1000). I really enjoy shooting at wide apertures with the Nokton 50mm f/1.5 or the Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8.
I really like how the FP4 rendered the above images shot with the wide angle Voigtlander 15mm. I used an orange filter to enhance contrast. At the same day I had shot some images at the same location with the Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. I really prefer the film images and the film look for these subjects.
Enjoy the rest of the images.
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