Plaubel Makina 67 with Ilford HP5

It took me one month to shoot 10 frames with a long expired Ilford HP5 film I loaded in my Makina 67. I have some more expired HP5 in my fridge but as I have noticed, expired b&w films properly stored are no problem, they come out just fine.

This is one of the few times I have practiced street photography during the last two years. It’s something I gave up when I turned to landscape photography but every now then I will take out my camera while own the street. The Makina 67 is a highly portable MF camera but it sure gets the attention (and can lead to some great conversations since it really makes people curious due it’s construction, a large folder camera that is).

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(Plaubel Makina 67, Ilford HP5, orange filter)

Of course it’s not a fast street camera, it takes time to unfold it, set aperture and speed, focus and get the shot. The Leica is a much faster camera for street and a more stealthy one. But still I can capture images with people (which they have waked quite some distance until I get the camera ready so I will probably shoot them a few seconds later, but still there are present in the image and that can make a difference in the composition).

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The look of black and white is something I like very much. I can get pretty close with digital conversion to b&w but not replicate it completely. The grain in a ISO 400 film like HP5 or TRI-X is really adding to the unique look of a b&w film photo and that shows at a large print.

Enjoy the rest of the images.

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