Scenes Along The Canal

One of my favorite places to visit and photograph is a small river town on the Maumee river named Grand Rapids. It is a quaint little village where all of the shops are decorated and painted in a very periodesque (is that a word?) way. I will certainly be doing a blog post on this town in the near future. Today, though, my focus was mainly just to take an enjoyable early morning walk before the shops opened and people began filling the streets. Camera in hand, of course.

My camera of choice was the Nikon F4 loaded with Ilford HP5+. One of the aspects of this town that I love is that not only are the store fronts a spectacle to behold, but also the back alleys, and that is where all of these images were shot. I had originally planned on using the Helios 44-2 for this outing (which I did for the first couple of shots) but finally moved on to the Nikon 50mm 1.4 AI. I’ve been using that lens more and more lately and am loving the results, this roll keeps that love alive.

Nikon F4 | Ilford HP5 | Helios 44-2 | Pyrocat HD

A great majority of the work I’ve done over that last several months has been developed in the wonderful D23 (replenished). Having used D23 almost exclusively since first mixing it up in March of this year, I felt it was time to let another of my favorite developers have a crack at a roll. The developer I chose was Pyrocat HD. I used a 1 + 1 + 100 dilution and a development time of 15 minutes at 68 degrees. Agitation was continuous for the first minute and 5 seconds at the top of every remaining minute. Fixing was done in TF-2 for twice the clearing time, which turned out to be 4 minutes total.

Nikon F4 | Ilford HP5 | Nikon 50mm 1.4 | Pyrocat HD

What can I say about this roll other than, Wow that 50 1.4 and F4 meter did some magic on these scenes. Yet, now that I have seen how the Pyrocat handled the development I can’t but wonder how D23 would have rendered them. Perhaps that will be the subject of an upcoming early morning walk and subsequent blog post.

Nikon F4 | Ilford HP5 | Nikon 50mm 1.4 | Pyrocat HD

Nikon F4 | Ilford HP5 | Nikon 50mm 1.4 | Pyrocat HD

If you have questions or comments I would absolutely love to hear them. By all means put them in the comments below.

God Bless and Happy Shooting!

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