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.

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.

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.

Silberra u400 | Rollei 35 S

OK. I have a new favorite film.

A few weeks back I ordered some Silberra u400 from the UK film powerhouse Analogue Wonderland. It’s a Russian film ordered by an American sent by a British company. I had no idea what I was getting.

The scans came back today and I was blown away by the shadows and contrast. Along with it’s near polar opposite (Ektar 100?) I’ll add this to my rotation.

I particularly liked how it rendered the reflections in the water.

Here are some shots.

Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.

Ilford Delta 400 | Rollei 35 S

Back from Moonphoto comes this weeks scans: Ilford Delta 400 shot with the Rollei 35 S.

The first three shots are architectural. Two from Ballard, including the first one of the award winning Ballard Library, and the third a building on the campus of Northwest Hospital.

Other writers have gushed about this film. I won’t go that far. My favorite black and white film is probably the Fomopan 100. But I may have been misusing this film. With the high, bright overcast sky, my pictures seem washed out a bit. I’d like to see more inky blacks; more charcoal.

But the following are acceptable to me. Especially the second and third.

Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Carkeek Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.

Kodak Portra 400 | Rollei 35 S

From the same roll as the Ballard post a few days ago, these photos show how Kodak’s Portra 400 renders nature’s greens and reds.

Greenlake.
Seattle, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Gig Harbor, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Ellensburg, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Gig Harbor, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400
Loyal Heights, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400

Ballard | Kodak Portra 400 | Rollei 35 S

Fast becoming my favorite camera, the Rollei 35 S is perfect for walking around. The lens is tack sharp when you get the zone focus right. It feels like a small brick.

Portra is a classic Kodak Film. I’ve shot the 160 and the 800. I think the 400 is really the sweet spot.

Here’s a few samples from mid September.

Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Kodak Portra 400.