My go to black and white film has always been ILFORD HP5 PLUS for its excellent versatility, I love the grain I get especially when pushing it. When I look at black and white images I find that I am drawn to the ones that have deep blacks and bright whites.
I am not knocking ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional as I have only ever shot 3 rolls of it in my life but I have never managed to achieve the results that other photographers have with that film, I always seem to get very muddy and grainy images with it.
But when I push HP5 PLUS to 3200 I get to shoot in low light and get the look that I want nice deep blacks with good contrast and grain that is far more pleasing to my eye.
I have tried pushing this in various developers but my best results have been with ILFOTEC HC 1+15 dilution for 11 minutes.
The images featured were with my Nikon F100 & Nikkor AF-D 50mm f/1.4 at a local Railway open day except the portrait which was kindly posed buy my better half in our kitchen.
~ Tim Dobbs
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