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Four Shots – Hasselblad & Ilford Delta 400

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I thought I would start a new series on here so that I could share more of my everyday photos with you outside of my proper reviews and articles. It will be several shots from a roll of film shot with whatever camera I am playing with that week. This week I wanted to share four shots from my Hasselblad and Ilford Delta 400 pushed to 1600.

I wanted to capture the sun coming in and casting lines on the plant by the window, and I knew that because it was later in the day, there would be a lot of contrast. I don’t shoot much Ilford Delta 400, but I love Ilford Delta 3200 shot at 1600 because it doesn’t add a lot of contrast. That dayI didn’t have any rolls of the 3200, so I hoped to get the same results by pushing Delta 400 to 1600.

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While I do like these shots, it doesn’t have the same look as 3200 at 1600 for some reason. Pushing this film gave me the opposite affect I was shooting for. They have a lot more contrast. Below is a shot of Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600. You can see it’s less contrasty.

Ilford Delta 3200 at 1600

I’ve never really been a big fan of Delta 400, and for roughly $2 more, I will probably just stick to Delta 3200 and shoot it at 1600.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little “journal entry”. What about you, are you a fan of Ilford Delta 400? Let me know in the comments if you shoot with it or a Hasselblad.

Until next time, stay motivated and keep shooting.

6 thoughts on “Four Shots – Hasselblad & Ilford Delta 400

  1. Push processing has been used to increase contrast for decades. We street photographers in the 1960s shot Tri-X at 1200 and developed it in Acufine, and got very contrasty, very grainy negatives. But that was the desired “look” in those days, cinema verite style and all that.

  2. I use T-Max 400 more than Delta 400 but I think Delta 400 is fine. Fine is that word I use when I’m not enamored but I don’t hate it either.

    1. I test shot 2 rolls of expired Ilford Delta 400 135 (ex. 2007) at EI 200 and got rather high contrast and grains with high details (processed with normal D76).

      I shot Ilford Delta 100 135 before and found that Delta 100 is very sharp and fits my liking better.

      However, under some situations (if I want to add more contrast & dramatic feel to the photos) I would use Delta 400. Moreover, I blew up my Delta 100 roll anyway, so I just stick with Delta 400 for now.

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