Ilford HP5 Plus 400 First Impressions

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.

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