Ilford’s Ortho Plus 80 became available in Korea a while ago and I bought a roll to see what it’s like. I read that it darkens reds and lightens greens and blues. I also read that an orthographic film was used for last year’s film “The Lighthouse” to great effect. But the film makers used cyan filters and many lighting tricks to get their effect. I have no filters and no lights except for what comes from the sky. But I was curious . . . .
I made a couple of photos at Anmok. I like this, but it needs another ceiling light on the left, I think. My ghost is on the far right.
This raised platform is a photo zone, where friends and couple take pictures of themselves. The O is a seat. You can see the sky and sea are very light. I don’t know if this is an effect of the film or a high exposure to lighten the cans and cups. Anmok beach (most beaches) look like rubbish tips in the early mornings before cleaning crews show up to take it all away.
Later, or another day, I went for a walk in my neighbourhood. One second you are in a soul-less apartment complex and the next second you’re walking next to a field of green onions. I’m lucky to live so close to the countryside and I hope it doesn’t all become concrete.
This is my favourite photograph from the roll, but I can’t explain why.
This needs a bit more clipped off the left. I just noticed it, but I’m too lazy to go back and do it now. This is already a heavy crop from 35mm film and I doubt I’ll print it. If I remember, I should see if any of my digital cameras have a panorama function. I could go out with a long lens and try to do this scene at high quality.
Around the countryside and hills are sheds where people (usually retired men) sit and watch for signs of forest fires. Each shed has a kerosene stove, a kettle, a few things for making coffee and tea, and, almost inevitably, a knackered chair.
I also like this photo of a bicycle behind a fence. The fence is a very ugly green, so this is a scene that calls for black and white film.
Another pretty good one, I think. I’m pleased with it. I have a colour version, but this is much better.
I won’t buy this film again. It’s good film. It has lovely contrast and very fine grain, but regular black and white film would serve me just as well. Also, it’s a bit more expensive than, say, Delta 100. Still, it’s nice that companies like Ilford are making new products in the digital age. If you have a film camera, buy a roll and see if you like it or not.