Vase of Peonies Shot on 8x10 Ilford HP5+ Sheet Film

Last week I posted some photographs of a vase of peonies shot with the Hasselblad on Fuji Neopan Acros 100 Film. They turned out so well that I broke out the old 8x10 for another "Peony Photoshoot." I loaded up a film holder with Ilford HP5+ for a couple of reasons. First, the HP5+ is a nice creamy film for this type of shoot. And second, I need EVERY bit of speed that the 400 ISO Ilford film gives me. When you have the Eastman 8x10 View Camera racked out for a close up shot you are shooting at f32 or f45 to get any kind of depth of field. I shot these two negatives at f32 and used a Westcott lighting rig. You can click on these photos for a much larger version.

Dead Peonies, May 28, 8x10 Ilford HP5+
Dead Peonies, May 28, 8x10 Ilford HP5+

Dead Peonies, 8x10 Ilford HP5+ Film This first photograph is actually the peonies from last week's shoot. I begged Kate not to throw them away just yet.

Peonies May 28, 8x10 Ilford HP5+
Peonies May 28, 8x10 Ilford HP5+

Peonies in Vase, 8x10 Ilford HP5+ Film This second photograph is a new set of peonies that we picked up at Whole Foods.

I tray developed these two Ilford HP5+ negatives using brush agitation in Kodak HC110 Solution B. The temperature of the developer was 20C and I developed for 8 minutes. Brush agitation calls for you to reduce development time by 20% over normal tray developing time. It does take longer to develop your negatives this way, because you develop them one at a time. I like the results that brush agitation gives me though and it almost feels like you are painting the negative as you agitate the developer. It's good times.