Expired HP5+

stronger contrast and stronger grain from expired HP5+

Last summer I was visiting home and happened across a garage sale. My eyes were instantly drawn to the words ‘Ilford’ plastered on a package of photographic paper. At this point I hadn’t been doing much with film, had yet to try developing my own film, and didn’t quite know when I would ever need photographic paper. But I bought it anyway, it was maybe five dollars, couldn’t hurt. The pack came with two rolls of H5+, very nice. But it would still be over six months before I use them.

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HP5 Plus with Ilfosol 3

braced for the cold

this is my favorite of the batch

This is my first batch of 120 that I’ve developed at home. I ran some HP5+ through my Yashica-D and shot at box speed. The only developer I have at home right now is Ilfosol 3. The Massive Dev Chart gave me a time of 6:30 with a 1+9 solution. Overall I’m impressed with the results. The contrast isn’t as strong as I was expecting, but more what I wanted. The grain was great. Just the right amount to add some texture but not so much to detract from the subject. I just developed some expired HP5+ 35mm film and am waiting for the scans to get back. I’ll be sure to post that soon to compare the results.

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