2. Ilford XP2 Super in Ilfosol 3


Here is one resulting image from the processing of XP2 in Black & White chemistry.

It’s clearly very high constrast, which I quite like, and that may be due to the developing time of 21 minutes (this came from the Massive Dev app). I’m pretty happy with the results. There is very little grain, which is ok with me, and the negative seems sharp (I’ve cropped and added a little sharpening (+10) and clarity (+5) in lightroom).

The negatives have a mild magenta cast, but that has made little difference in B&W.

Nowadays, the benefit of C41 high street processing is long gone. There is nowhere in my town that could process and return the same day. I think they all have to send images off for developing. The only place I’ve found 1 hour or same day processing is Snappy Snaps, Byres Road in Glasgow and that’s too far for regular processing.

So, apart from an incredibly long processing time, I’d say that it’s worth processing XP2 at home in Black & White chemistry.



Since discovering digital photography well into my thirties, I’ve wondered why some luddites would still work with film.

But now I know. I get it!

There’s something magical about the feel of the shutter click and manually winding on the film. After the first few shots I looked at the back of the camera to inspect the image. But now I’m enjoying not knowing.

Things that bother me in a digital image I now welcome; I like the grain and the slight loss of crispness when shooting film.

Although, I’ve not gone completely manual. I’m using an OM10 without the manual shutter dial – essentially shooting in aperture priority. For purists, I suspect this is still cheating!