Arrived in a hotel room shortly after 11pm on a monday after a 5 hour drive. I’m fortunate to drive a very comfortable car so despite being a bit tired from a long drive after a working day, I wasn’t ready for bed just yet. Also there was a heatwave at the time so an hour or two of ventilating the room seemed like plan. I decided to load my F3P with a new aquaintance, Kentmere Pan 400, and start writing this post.
I’ve read the reviews, I know it is often referred to as a great film stock despite also being referred to as a lower quality HP5 as it is also a Harman (Ilford) product, so I was excited to try it out for myself. My hope is to get a few hours off the coming day to shoot the 24 frames on the roll (I almost always choose 24 exp film instead of 36 as I tend to be a slow shooter and always have been). The picturesque area I’m currently in should provide more than enough material for 24 frames. My only concern is a review, I don’t recall by who or where, that said the emulsion had a tendency to separate from the backing. I guess I’ll find out about that.
The F3P on the other hand is nothing new to me. I’ve had that camera for, i think, about 15 years. It’s an absolute joy to shoot with its big bright viewfinder, and the modified controls are really thought through.
Some days later: The few hours didn’t happen. The heatwave is still on though so instead I joined my fiancé and her daughter for an evening swim, they were less than exited about being in this article though so I shot the last couple of frames around the house the day after. Occasions like this makes me think a bit different than I usually do when I’m out photographing wildlife. No lightning fast AF, no Auto-ISO, no Image Control, no chimping, no nothing more than aperture, shutter speed and composition. Documenting, making memories stick as permanent images on a piece of celluloid. It’s back to basic photography. The best kind, pardon me for beeing sentimental.
So how about that film then? Well, it’s a medium-high ISO-film. It produces grainy black and white images. No more, no less. It has a murky feel to it that I can’t really say I like. This roll was processed in Tetenal Paranol S, maybe Ilford DD-X would give better results. Maybe I’ll give it a try, maybe not.
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