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Author: Tom Rayfield

Finding film part 11: ILFORD SFX 200

Welcome back to another round of #FindingFilm! At the time of writing, it has been a while since I have been out with the camera, shooting black and white film. I have shot several rolls of colour (shock horror, I know! EM made me do it…), as well as doing a couple of weddings and events, working with digital. I do branch out from the world of black and white film every now and then, dear reader. This tends to be around this time of year (July-August at the time of writing), as, to put it bluntly, I hate...

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5 Frames With… #36: ILFORD HP5 PLUS (EI 400 / 35mm / Fuji GW690III) – by Tom Rayfield

Recently, I visited Warsaw in Poland for a quick city break. I had never been to Poland before, and fancied a change of scenery. Flight and hotel prices were good, so I thought; why not?! I took my Contax S2 with me, as I didn’t fancy lugging my Fuji GW690III with me (both size, and sheer amount of film did not appeal). I only have a 50mm Zeiss Planar T* f/1.4 for my Contax S2, so it was a case of one camera, one lens for the trip. I took a pile of ILFORD HP5 PLUS with me, and...

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Finding Film part 10: Rollin’ Rollei Retro 80S and 400S

Hello again! It’s that time of the month where I check out another type of black and white medium format film. For this article, I have been using Rollei Retro, in both varieties; Rollei Retro 400S and Rollei Retro 80S. However, before we get to the shoot, some quick housekeeping. Since my last article, I have been busy with a project, entitled DISCONNECTED. This has meant spending a lot of time with my 35mm camera and working in colour. It has been a very welcome break from shooting medium format, and black and white. Despite the welcome break, do...

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Finding Film part 9: Fumbling Fuji NEOPAN Acros 100

In my last article, I discussed my adventures with the Lomography Lady Gray 400. This came at the tail end of my shoot, which was initially planned to exclusively involve Fuji Acros 100 (NEOPAN), but the Lomography turned up on the shoot day for the NEOPAN, so I took it along for the ride and shot some of that too. The contents of this article happened before the last article, making this the prequel, if you will. At the beginning of the shoot I had 2 rolls of NEOPAN with me, and was ready to give it a proper...

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Finding Film part 8: Getting to know my Lady Gray 400

Before I start this entry in the series, just a small disclaimer: Lomography UK very kindly sent me some film to try out for the #FindingFilm series – thanks guys, I really appreciate that. Some of it was colour, which I am not entirely sure what to do with, as it is majorly out of my comfort zone…but one of the packs they sent was some Lomography Lady Gray, which is a 400 speed black and white film. Whilst Lomography sent me the films, I am still going to be my usual honest self when reviewing, and am not...

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Finding film part 7: Let there be light AKA a disaster with Delta

Hello again, EMULSIVE readers. It’s been a while since I did one of these (having looked back through Lightroom, my last images were taken some 7 weeks ago at the time of writing), as life seems to keep getting in the way of my creativity. Feeling a little cooped up I was definitely eager to head out with the camera again. So I grabbed a new film for me, Ilford Delta 400 Professional and headed out for my favourite woodland. I also took Delta 100 Professional with me, as I wasn’t 100% of what weather to expect but never...

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Street photography challenge with Agfa Vista Plus 200 by Tom Rayfield

Following on from Sandeep and his close-up challenge, I am next in line for the Emulsive challenge of shooting outside of my comfort zone. For those of you following my Finding Film series, you will know that I shoot a lot of black and white film. Even when working with digital, I tend to shoot more black and white than anything else. So it only seemed natural (read: punishment) that I would shoot colour to step away from where I was most comfortable. Sure, I have shot colour before, and the concept isn’t that alien to me. So I...

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Finding film part 4: ILFORD FP4+ strikes back

Welcome back to my year long series discovering film stocks: finding film. This week’s article takes a slight deviation from the norm, in that I am using a film I have already used before; ILFORD FP4+. However, all with good reason, dear reader. Lately, I have found myself in a bit of a photographic rut. Whilst I am still enjoying the process, the developing and other elements of the photographic experience/community, I am getting a little frustrated by my results. Maybe it is the constant experimentation and changes with different films, or maybe it is because I am still...

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Finding film part 3: Czeching out Fomapan

Welcome to part three of my journey with film in 2017. As you read in part one and part two, throughout 2017 I’ll be sharing my experiences with different medium format films and developers – all new to me. For part three I decided to go with Fomapan… Fomapan is known for being cheap, and I was curious to see whether this was for a reason, or whether this would be my next film of choice. With winter still in full force here in the UK, the weather was once again grey, overcast and not very pleasant, so I chose two rolls of...

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Finding film part 2: expanding my horizons with Kodak Tri-X 400, Rodinal and Ilford DD-X

Welcome to part two of my journey with film in 2017. As you read in part one, I’ll be using this series to share my experiences throughout 2017 with different films and developers – all new to me – along with what I learn along the way. For this, part two, I’ll be discussing my experiences with Kodak Tri-X 400 in medium format using both Rodinal and Ilford DD-X as my developers of choice. Here we go.     Expanding my horizons Having shot nothing but Ilford FP4+ up to this moment, I decided to choose something different (not made...

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Finding film part 1: experiences so far

Hello EMULSIVE community! My name is Tom Rayfield, by day I am a secondary school teacher from Norfolk, UK. I am a passionate film shooter, who loves to shoot medium format black and white film photography. I develop all of my film, in a darkroom that I built myself last year. Over the coming weeks and months I plan to shoot my way through the different medium format black and white films on the market, using a range of developer combinations and techniques to find my favourite combination. I will be sharing my experiences here on EMULSIVE, but before that, let...

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