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  • Writer's pictureDean Gagliardi

Street / Dark-Side (Film B&W) - Nikon F80 / Ilford XP2 Super 400

Updated: Aug 31, 2020


Date - August 29, 2020

Camera - Nikon F100

Lenses - AF-NIKKOR 24mm f/2.8D & AF-NIKKOR 35mm f/2D

Film - Ilford XP2 Super 400 (B&W C41)

Developed @ - "Dotwell" PhotoLab

Scanner - Nikon V-ED

Software - Vuescan / NegativeLabPro / Lightroom

Location - Hong Kong (Jordan to Sham Shui Po)

Comment - I ventured off Hong Kong Island for the first time in a while for some street shooting.

Caught the metro to Jordan and spent 5hrs walking through Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Prince Edward and onto Sham Shui Po. The "dark-side." 😱 I'm pretty sure you could shoot in these areas day in, day out for ten years straight and still not run out of stuff to shoot. Very target-rich environments.

I would have preferred to use Tri-X 400 for this sort of street shooting, but XP2 400 Super has a lot of advantages over Tri-X in that it's developed in 30 mins and is a lot easier to scan. Plus, I'm still on the fence about self-developing again and Tri-X 400 is best self-developed.

I ran several tests on the film today and shot it from a full stop over-exposed to one-stop under and everything in between. I read many people shoot this at one stop overexposed @ 200, but the results looked pretty ordinary to me. Too smooth and lifeless. No grain and a big drop in contrast. One full stop under @ 800 looked very contrasty, but the shadows were a blotchy mess. In a pinch, if I needed a faster shutter speed, I'd probably underexpose by a stop just to get the shot, but most likely I'll stick to box speed and shoot this film @ 400.

Apart from being great fun, walking around the streets for 5hrs is pretty good exercise. 5hrs of walking around shooting a couple rolls of films netted me 20,200 steps and 580 calories. Not bad!


Masked Mannequins.


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