With a friend’s wedding coming up later this year and being an avid photographer, I decided that as my gift to them I would photograph some highlights from the day and present them to them in an album.
I was after a film I could use for both the day ceremony and the evening celebrations. This limited me a lot and I started playing around with the light meter app on my phone to work out what ISO film I would need to cover the lower light conditions. I initially settled on Lomography Colour 800, but as this was sold out in a lot of places (or attracted exorbitant delivery charges) I started looking at ILFORD Delta 3200 Professional.
I checked out some sample images online and fell in love with the heavy grain and deep contrast. I also read up on other peoples experiences and saw that a lot of people were recommending shooting at 1600 and developing normally to give the negatives a bit more weight. From my earlier exposure experiments that settled it and three rolls were ordered.
I knew that I needed to test out the film at the intended EI of 1600 before diving straight in at the wedding. So I loaded up my Nikkormat EL and went on a street photography outing to the centre of Sheffield, UK, with my local photography group.
With the bright sunlight during the day, I threw on an ND8 filter to compensate for the camera’s maximum shutter speed of 1/1000 and the lens’ minimum aperture of f/16. I saved a few frames at the end to test low light/night time exposures and wandered out that evening to the wooded roads in my local area to finish off the roll.
After getting the film back I was ecstatic with the results and knew I had made the right choice with this film. I was so happy, in fact, that I might just have to do another “test” roll, just for fun.
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