In my journey with film photography so far I’ve had the chance to test both Ilford HP5 Plus 400 iso and Kodak Tri-x 400 iso.
At first I was impressed with the results on HP5 400, although they lacked a bit of contrast for my taste – also, some labs only use C41 developer so they’ll have to send it to other labs – maybe make sure your lab will develop it before buying.
After reading a bit more about black and white films, I decided to try the celebrated Tri-x by Kodak and I must say I liked the results although I could have done with some more pungent contrasts so here I am testing the same film but this time pushing it to 1600 iso.
Since I was planning on shooting mainly outdoors, I also decided to use a yellow filter in order to have some darker skies – it didn’t turn out to be as effective as I though, I’ll have to play more with it or go with a stronger orange filter which should also help with skin tones.
A few photos of my first Tri-x 400 pushed to 1600 roll below, shots were taken between London, UK and Bangkok, Thailand.