I have been playing with Ilford HP5+ for a few weeks. I have shot it at ISO 200, 400, 800, 1600 and 3200. I love how they have all come out. The feel is slightly different with each, as the grain becomes more noticeable as ISO increases. The overall grain structure and size is the same but as the micro contrast increases the gains become easier to spot.
After looking over all these shots it has become apparent that I have been approaching photography all wrong. Photography is not about following the rules, like development times, composition rules or even darkroom formula it is about breaking those rules in an artistic pursuit. It may not always work, but the fun is in the journey.
So if you are shooting film, and you have been sticking to the prescribed ISO recommendations, you have indeed been doing it wrong. Sure the film might just be set up perfectly to your liking, but how would you know? Film is about trial and error, learning the rules and then breaking them to see what happens.
For those of you who visit often, you will remember the above image from a previous post. I had taken one using my Olympus OM-D-E-M5 but also shot a few images using my Nikon F2. I finally finished the roll and developed it yesterday. A quick scan gave me a very contrasty image pushing HP5+ to 1600 ISO.