The Hoff – Rolls 17 and 18. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

So two more rolls for The Hoff to share with you.

The first roll for this write up (roll 17) was Ilford HP5 Plus. This roll sat in The Hoff for nearly 8 week’s before completing it. I decided to rate it at 320. I like HP5 pushed but when shooting ‘normally’ I tend to prefer it rated at 320. For the few shots where I also used an orange filter I adjusted the exposure to 200 to compensate.

So why did the roll take so long. Partly it was the same reasons that affect us all. Finding the time, everyday stuff taking precedent and not having the opportunities to shoot. I also think however that I went through a bit of a phase of ‘is The Hoff the right camera for me’ as I found myself taking out my Olympus OM cameras with me. To explain, when I had the opportunities to go out shooting, I picked the lighter, faster and no requirement for a light meter camera. During this period I also contemplated if medium format film really was for me and should I stick to 35mm. This roll really became my wall I needed to breakthrough. I did eventually by forcing myself to take the camera with me one lunchtime at work to finish the roll with the view that if I didn’t feel it then I would need to make an honest decision about keeping the camera. I enjoyed it again and that was helped by the fact external non-photography reasons were falling away. I also reminded myself that this was a possible lifetime camera, there was no rush or pressure to shoot it regularly or indeed always take it with me as I have other cameras that may be more appropriate for the day’s shooting I was planning. I broke through the wall and The Hoff remains.

Here are a few images from that roll. Some scans adjusted in Snapseed.

By now you may be wondering why I have Christmas in the title well let’s move on to roll 18. We were taking the kids to see the Christmas lights in London and I happened to have a roll of Cinestill 800T in 120 so I figured why not load The Hoff and take it with me. I really like the Cinestill film, the 50D is also fantastic. I prefer to rate it at 500 (based on the Kodak Vision 500T) that is derived from. For those of you familiar with London, or any city centre for that matter, at night with street lights, shop lights and car lights, trying to meter to get the Christmas lights right is no mean feat. So to be honest I didn’t even try. I went with my gut, set the camera to wide open (2.8) and slow shutter 1/60. This was based on experience shooting Cinestill at night previously, trying to capture specific lit areas of the frame.

See what you think, scans adjusted in Snapseed

Cinestill 800T first try

I was lucky enough to recieve a roll of Cinestill 800T to try from @dizd on Twitter.

I was given a very clear instruction to rate the film at 500 when shooting it.

I also did a bit of research on this film online. A few tips were:

  • It is designed for tungsten/flourescent/candle light
  • avoid using it in open shade, strong window light & cool light
  • Use an 81 or 85 filter if I want to shoot it in daylight

So me being me ignored most of this, not because I think I know better but more because I like to try things and am a bit reckless (read that as stupid)

So what did I do different

  • rated at 800, sorry Diz
  • shot it in daylight, indoor, outdoor, day, night
  • looked up an 81 or 85 filter, it looked orangey, so shot it through an orange B&W filter for outdoor shots, because orangey

so below are the results warts and all, no post processing of the scans but obviously can do some major WB adjustments on the yellow ones.

Daylight,outdoor, lunchtime, bright light, orange filter:

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Daylight, outdoor, evening, orange filter:

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5pm, outdoor, no filter:

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Outdoor, lunchtime, bright light, no filter:

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Outdoor, dusk, through shop windows:

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Indoor, lunchtime, fluorescent light & bright window light, no filter:

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Indoor, night time, no filter:

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