I love shooting film, but there are times that I miss the simplisity of digital. Today I am looking at well over a dozen rolls of film that need to be developed. I decided to attack some film that needed to be pushed. Here I have reloaded some film cartridges with HP5+ film with an ISO rating of 400. I exposed them at ISO 800 and need to give them a bit more development time.
Part of the trouble with pushing and pulling film is that you have to process it differently than the standard ISO film. I typically shoot two types of film, HP5+ and HP4. This has a native ISO of 400 and 100 giving me a massive range to shoot in. But occasionally I need to push the HP5+ to 800 ISO or HP4 to 400 (when I have run out of HP5+) and the result is a ton of film that has to be processed seperately.
Normally I develop film in a three reel, Paterson tank allowing me to do three rolls of film at once. It works great however when I have two rolls of ISO 400 and one of ISO 800 I have to process it twice. So I leave it for a little while and watch it stack up.
So this afternoon I decided to attack two rolls of HP5 exposed at ISO 800. I am now waiting for it to dry. One roll came out great, as it was shot on my Nikon F2. The second roll was shot on my Rollei 35 with a new battery modification which is overexposing the film. This is the second roll that has come out overexposed. Fortunatly film is forgiving and I believe I can rescue some of the images but I need to take a closer look at that issue.
I will share some of the images tomorrow.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.