One of many in Stickle Ghyll as it tummbles down the hillside from Stickle Tarn below Pavey Ark in the Langdale Valley, Lake District, UK
I’d been shooting Ilford FP4+ (125iso) in this camera and then changed to Ilford Pan F+ (50iso) film. Unfortunately, I forgot to change the meter settings and kept exposing for 125iso. Meaning the film was effectively get one and a third stops less light (underexposed) than it needed. I realised this before I developed the film and compensated by giving it extra time in the developer (i.e I ‘pushed’ the film by one and third stops). With a lot of black and white emulsions this is common practice – you can get more speed in low light at the expense of a little more grain and an increase in contrast. Ilford HP5+ is great for this and can be pushed at least three stops without losing detail in the shadows.
Pan F isn’t so good for pushing. As you can see the shadows are pretty murky in this shot and even worse in the one below.
Pan F+ is a very ‘contrasty’ film to start with and pushing it does it no favours.
The next roll of Pan F I shoot I’ll expose at EI 40 (instead of 50). I think a little overexposure would work well with this film.
Anyone else have any experience with this film?
Olympus OM2(n)/Om Zuiko 24/f2.8
Ilford Pan F+ @100/D76 1:1 12mins @20c