Ilford HP5 Plus 400 | Rollei 35 S

A few weeks ago I ran a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 through my Rollei 35.

The simplicity of the Rollei is a pleasure. No menus to scroll through. JPEG? RAW? None of that. No fretting about lenses or filters. Just a bit of worry about the focus.

When it works out, it works out well.

Some shots from the ‘hood:

Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
1998 Ford Ranger. Loyal Heights, Washington. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
Seattle, Washington. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus.
Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.

Fomopan 100 | Canon AE1 Program

We have not had many dark rainy days here, yet. Those are the days I like black and white. Film picks up the moisture, the inky blacks of street puddles, the sidewalk reflections.

Lacking the dark weather, I tried some Fomapan 100. I’ve shot it before. But only once. I prefer the Silberra. The Russians know black and white.

Anyway, here’s some shots from my Canon from a couple of days in December.

Volunteer Park, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Ballard Locks, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle. December 2019. Canon AE1 Program. Fomapan 100.

Silberra u400 | Canon AE-1 Program

Awhile back I declared Silberra u400 my favorite film after shooting a roll through my Rollei 35. I loaded another roll, this time in the Canon AE-1 Program. My opinion regarding this film is unchanged

We’ve had incredibly bright days. Where is the rain? The 400 speed film works better when it is a bit dark. Maybe overcast? Maybe after some rain? That’s what I had anticipated when I loaded the camera. It’s Seattle! It’s November!

Anyway, the following were shot over Thanksgiving break (the last week of November for those living in turkey free zones).

Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
Volunteer Park , Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.
My Office. November 2019. Canon AE1- Program. Silberra u400.

Fremont | Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

Kodak Ektar 100 and a late fall morning. That’s a good combination. Loaded in a Rollei 35 S and getting the zone focus right makes it an amazing combination.

Fremont is a Seattle neighborhood with a history of art and quirkiness. Recent years upscale clothing designer Cutter & Buck made its home there. Now Google has taken over several buildings and the funkiness now has a geeky feel.

It’s a great place to walk. Outdoor sculptures, bridges, water and trees make great subjects.

Here’s some shots from late October:

Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

CineStill BwXX 250 | Canon AE-1 Program

Sometimes we make mistakes. Good, bad: it doesn’t matter. The following photographs were mistakes of a sort. Loaded iso 250 film in and, while thinking of Ilford 3200, I set my camera’s iso for the much larger number.

Dropping the roll off at Moonphoto lab and explaining the blunder triggered some counting on fingers…how many stops is that?

I’m not one that pushes or pulls film. What the box says, is what I do. Anyway, after this, I might push (or pull) some more.

The film is CineStill BwXX 250. Described as a classic black and white film stock that has been relatively little changed since its 1959 release. According to the CineStill website Raging Bull (1980) and Schindlers List (1993) were shot on the film.

This set is from a walk I did after dark in Ballard.

Here are the shots:

Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.
Ballard, Washington. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. CineStill 250.

Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

The best color film? Probably the Ektar. Pulls the colors out. Doesn’t saturate like velvia jpegs. Less grainy than portra. Right?

These came back and the scans popped out. Posted a few a couple of week’s ago. Still finding gems in this roll.

Ektar always makes me forget my digital camera.

Here you go:

Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Holeman Road, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

Fuji Color Pro 400 | Canon AE-1 Program

Shot awhile back, these photos always pop when they run through my screen saver.

One roll of Fuji Color Pro 400 makes me no expert. In fact, one roll doesn’t even make me an occasional user. I’ve used it once. I liked the results and I should try it again.

A more complete review is here.

Here are some shots.

Edmonds, Washington. March 2017. Canon AE-1 Program. Fuji Color Pro 400H.
Fremont, Washington. March 2017. Canon AE-1 Program. Fuji Color Pro 400H.
Edmonds, Washington. March 2017. Canon AE-1 Program. Fuji Color Pro 400H.
Fremont, Washington. March 2017. Canon AE-1 Program. Fuji Color Pro 400H.
Ballard, Washington. March 2017. Canon AE-1 Program. Fuji Color Pro 400H.