So I got a new camera to play with—the Chinon CE II Memotron with quite a good lens. It was well past sunset so I thought about pushing a film I knew well enough anticipate the outcome. And I had a small project in mind: My beloved wife.
For sure, it wasn’t a piece of cake to talk my wife into that little photo series. Given the fact, that I’m fully aware of this transformation my wife faces most of the days, it’s still that time of the day she’s calling her very own time of tranquility. During that time I’m not even allowed nearby. After some efforts of persuasion she agreed to tolerate my camera even closer than 30 centimeters away from her face.
The pictures turned out quite well. I knew about the softness I would get with ILFORD HP5 PLUS pushed to 1600 — I developed in Kodak X-TOL which gives me nice grain I can tolerate, even love. As I shot with that lens fully open, some more softness showed up in the pics. The development of HP5 PLUS is as easy as it can get and it dries fully flat. Good for scanning.
~ Oliver Grimm
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