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.

2019 Year End – Film

I have over 800 film photos in my library for the past year. That’s prolific. Of course several days in Sicily with Ektar film helped with the totals.

With the digital shots it’s easy to pin the date of capture to the image. With film I get the date the image was scanned. So putting these in some kind of monthly order doesn’t make as much sense. Grouping them by camera or film type seems much more interesting.

I have only two film cameras: a Canon AE-1 Program and a Rollei 35 S. They both take great photos.

My favorite film is probably Ektar 100. But the weather, color and light most appropriate for Ektar is my favorite weather too. Maybe that clouds my judgement.

Anyway, here are twelve fifteen (I couldn’t drop any) film shots from 2019 that I especially enjoy:

Silberra 400
Phinney Ridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Silberra u400.
Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Ellensburg, Washington. May 2019. Canon AE-1 Program. Ilford HP5 Plus 400
Kodak Portra 400
Ellensburg, Washington. September 2019. Rollei 35 S. Portra 400.
Ballard, Washington. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Portra 400.
Kodak Ektar 100
Woodland Park, Seattle. November 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Woodland Park, Seattle. November 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Carnation, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fishermen’s Terminal, Seattle. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Canon AE-1 Program, Ektar 100.
Ortigia, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Taormina, Sicily. August 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Ballard, Washington. May 17, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 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.

Ballard Bridge | CineStill 800 | Canon AE1 Program

Some more shots from the roll of CineStill 800. Maybe 12 to 14 shots that were good. Most were “keepers” which is a tremendous yield for me with 800 speed color film.

A wet, rainy, morning. Cold, the kind of damp cold that would remind me of the Faroe Islands if I had ever been there.

The Ballard Bridge is over 100 years old. There aren’t any plans to replace it.

Beautiful? Probably not. Pretty utilitarian. But makes for a great subject.

Here’s some shots:

Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Ballard Bridge, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.

Carkeek Park | CineStill 800 | Canon AE1 Program

I spend a lot of time and I’ve taken hundreds of photos at Carkeek Park. A few weeks back, I tagged along with my daughters who were working on a school project and brought my Canon loaded with some CineStill 800.

800 ISO film is usually grainy. Too grainy when it’s color. But with the winter darkness coming (here) I was (am) looking for higher speed color options.

CineStill 800 might be that film. Not too grainy. Skin tones were fine. The yellows glowed a bit (in a good way).

Here’s some shots:

Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.
Carkeek Park, Seattle. November 2019. Canon AE1 Program. CineStill 800.

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.