Some Black and White film tests

So, I'm off on my holibobs to a lovely area of France tomorrow. And recently I've been feeling a bit stagnant in my usual off-the-cuff style of photography. I've also been wanting to use my film cameras a bit more - my Yashica 635 TLR and Olympus OM10 SLR.

To slow things down a bit and make myself consider my composition more, I've decided to use slow speed films, which in some cases means using a tripod. I'm not fussed about getting people in shot - what I have in mind is more landscape based, but also probably urban landscapes.

I've used some slower speed film recently in the OM10 (see my earlier post about the Rollei Retro 80S). This time I've tried out Ilford Delta 100 and Ilford Pan F+ 50asa. Both 120 film shot in the Yashica.

I tried to vary the shots as much as possible. Some were handheld at 1/500, others as long as 22 seconds at night; unsurprisingly on a tripod. But what I did try to do with all of the shots was to slow down, take the scene in more and properly compose within the frame. It was a nice change and something which I'm looking forward to doing more. And I'm hoping it will also slow down my street photography more so that I can become more precise with that too.

As for the films, I'm not sure that I have a preference between the two just yet. Just from using one roll each, I think the Pan F+ is probably better for working with after. It seems to have more detail in overexposed areas which I could pull back.

I'm now getting my films processed at a great place in Hereford called Exposure Film Lab. Definitely worth checking them out.

 Ilford Pan F+ 50asa. Yashica 635. f8, 1/60.

Ilford Pan F+ 50asa. Yashica 635. f8, 1/60.

 Ilford Pan F+ 50asa. Yashica 635. f5.6, 1/250.

Ilford Pan F+ 50asa. Yashica 635. f5.6, 1/250.

 Ilford Delta 100asa. Yashica 635. f8, 1/250.

Ilford Delta 100asa. Yashica 635. f8, 1/250.

 Ilford Delta 100asa. Yashica 635. f16, 22 seconds.

Ilford Delta 100asa. Yashica 635. f16, 22 seconds.