More film images for today’s post, this time the Ilford Pan F Plus. A 50 ISO film with a great contrasty look, suitable for sunny days. It’s a film I enjoy to shoot with medium format cameras since its 50 ISO translates to sharp images with minimal grain. With a 35mm camera I can easily shoot it handheld on sunny day even with a red filter (which cuts 3 stops, so it’s basically like shooting at ISO 6).
This time instead of my favorite Ilfotec DD-X developer, I used the Ilfosol 3. It’s a very fast developer meant for slow films, which gives great sharpness, although the results can present more evident grain (which I don’t mind).
The red filter dramatically alters the look of a scenery on a sunny day. It’s gives heavy contrast which depending on the scene, it can look great or too contrasty. The Pan F is a film with more contrast, so adding the red filter can sometimes create images with a very dramatic look, which is not good for every situation, but that’s a reason I am willing to take.
For the image above, I opted for this look, but if someone wanted to record fine shadows on the rocks, a red filter should not be used. Furthermore, the wide dynamic range of the scene above, would opt for the use of a ND grad filter which is a a pain to use with a rangefinder camera, so I generally tend to avoid it with the Leica M.
Although a 15mm lens can be too wide for many subjects (landscapes included), it can also create very strong images like the one above which show the greatness of a uniques scenery like Meteora. I didn’t use the red filter on this photo, since I wanted to capture as much detail as I could both in highlights and shadows.
The location of Meteora, gives plenty of landscape chance to shoot and the black and white film creates a different and more atmospheric mood than color. Again, the 15mm gave me a wider perspective which managed to show the beauty of this place.
If you need more speed, then a newer emulsion like the Delta 100 gives you one stop more and a great sharp image with lovely tones, but I tend to prefer the older emulsions like Pan F and FP4 since I like the distinctive (more vintage) look the offer.
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