Ilford FP4 PLUS
Canon EOS 30V Date & Yashica 124G
After taking part in #DeltaDefJam back in October 2017, I was keen to try the next film shooting event organised by Emulsive. It would also be a return to Home Development, something I had long since yearned for. Ilford FP4+ Party would be the one. Shoot Week would started on 3rd December 2017, Develop Week started 10th December, and Post week on Twitter, started 17th December.
In readiness in November, I duly ordered one 35mm FP4+ and one 120 FP4+ along with some black and white chemicals for some home developing. I had preciously carried out home developing over five years ago, and was keen to give it another go. My home development had been a little hit and miss, but I suspect some of this might have been in part due to my complete lack of regard to temperatures. This time would be different. Back in September 2017 I won a colour home Tetenal C41 developing kit and some expired colour film in a donate away from Isabel Curdes on Twitter. While I have been happy to use developing labs for film recently, I owed it to Isabels generosity to give home developing a go once more. Wanting to get the process ‘back in my head’ I have started with Black & White, wishing to get used to the processing again. I will then try the colour development, which is completely new to me. Watch this space!
The camera choice was obvious. I have recently spent a small fortune replacing a Canon 30V Date which I sold back in January, so I had ground and value to make up. So, week commencing the 3rd, off I went to Manchester with my Canon 30V Date loaded with FP4+. I didn’t know what to expect from a lens with a maximum aperture of F4 and a film as slow as 125ISO in December. Later in the week, I stayed more local and ran the 120 film through my Yashica 124G.
Using a changing bag and home development tank, the films were then developed in Tetenal Paranol S for 11 minutes as per instructions. After the development and a rinse with water, a stop bath to ensure that there was no more development, a further rinse with water, and then a fix for 5 minutes in Ilford Rapid Fix. This time I paid attention to the development temperature, as if I am to develop colour in the near future, I have to get the temperatures right.
The results from the 35mm film have better exposure, and I put this down to better metering on the Canon, and the inferior battery that my Yashica 124G. I should use a handheld light meter for this, but laziness does make me resort to the in-built meter.
Over the week of 17th December, I scanned the 35mm FP4+ and 120 FP4+ and started sharing photographs on Twitter using the hashtag #fp4party. Participants have shared a plethora of images taken on FP4 over the same week, and I definitely see myself using this film again, but over the summer period for the required light!
A small selection of my results from the 35mm Ilford FP4+
A small selection of my results from the 120 Ilford FP4+
I am pretty happy with the results from my Home Development, and will develop a few more Black and White films keeping a steady temperature as practise for the big step of Home Colour Development!
The full gallery of the 36 frames from the 35mm FP4+