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Ilford HP5 Plus 400 First Impressions

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This was my first time trying Ilford HP5 Plus 400, let alone any kind of black and white film. The camera body used was a Pentax K1000 with an Pentax-M 50mm f/1.4 prime lens. My first impression from the HP5 scans was that they were very low on contrast, even "dreamy" looking. This characteristic really grew on me. If you desire any extra contrast, it can be easily achieved via pushing the film a few extra stops in camera (often even up to +3/ISO 3200 as written on the box) or by adding any extra desired contrast in post-production. The 50mm f/1.4 lens really had an impact on the photos when used to isolate subjects, matched with HP5 removing any coloured distractions from the frame. B&W film + 50mm prime lens = portrait monster (even if the subject is a Toyota Camry). Please enjoy these photos taken viewing the world through black and white for the first time. Follow Koi Collective on  Instagram ,   Facebook ,   YouTube   &   TikTok

Matt's Evolution X

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A short set of Matt's "stock" Evolution X beachside during an evening thunderstorm. Follow Koi Collective on  Instagram ,   Facebook ,   YouTube   &   TikTok  

Pushing Kodak Gold 200 +2 Stops using a Walter Voss Diax IIa

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It's easy to take things too seriously. One of the reasons I love taking photos on film is that the results are often a forced reminder that I took up this hobby to have fun and that really is all that matters at the end of the day. This is one of those reminders! These snaps are from recent meets using a Walter Voss Diax IIa at far too low shutter speeds and pushing Kodak Gold 200 +2 stops to 800 for the first time. Just as I was rewinding the roll, I managed to pull the film out of the cassette by accident and attempted to recover it by shoving it into a canister in a not-so-dark room, hoping for the best. This resulted in some pretty bad scratches and light leaks, but let's just call them happy accidents! Follow Koi Collective on  Instagram ,   Facebook ,   YouTube   &   TikTok