OK, I’m a believer. Photographers were always raving about Ilford HP5. But I didn’t share the fascination until this past Spring. On my Journey to Phoenix I wanted to take 35 mm B&W film. The only thing I had in the fridge was Ilford HP5. So I grabbed the 5 rolls and headed out………
And I’ve finally discovered the situations where the ‘GRAIN” works for me. Here is a summary of my HP5 Best Case (all HP5 except where noted):
(Note: the datura, upper right is T-MAX)
(Note: Yuca Baccata, upper left, is digital IR)
September on my Other Blog is all about B&W in the Garden.
Digital IR @ Mission Santa Barbara. I saw these four blooming Century Plants and though they would make a nice IR Study. Now that they have bloomed, they will die. But look at the image on the left (below), they already have some baby plants started. I’d estimate about 10 years old from the size. So it will be a while before they bloom. We won’t be here to see it.
Below: The same perspective in natural color.
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Submitted last week to Light Space Time Online Gallery. I’ve had some success with them, and they provide a lot of follow-up information on the strategy of preparing contest entries.
So here goes the Landscape Edition:
Two perspectives on the same scene: one with T-Max 400, the other Digital Infrared:
My Yucca Baccata is very happy! It now blooms every year. Sharing My Flower for Mother’s Day:
I’m showing my final choice first:
I went through several steps. The Full Frame image is in the upper left, and proceeding clockwise through my steps. First removing some of the excess sky but keeping both trees and the curves; then removing the secondary tree to make a tighter composition; still not liking the sky; removing the sky from the single tree, but cutting out too much of the curve. Finally, settling on the cropped version I liked, deciding that I wanted more of the of the road, which had attracted me in the first place.
Then I took a second look and decided that maybe Crop #3 had some redeeming qualities. Hmmmmmmm………
Background: I’ve been experimenting with Infrared Films. Those that survive, that is. After much frustration, and seeing my husband’s success with the digital infrared conversion (Nikon-1 mirrorless camera) I opted to have a camera converted to full spectrum for my Christmas Present. Infrared Images are the only digital B&W I will post on this site. ot a judgement, just my preference. Film Experiments and Discussion Posted Here.