I Shot a Roll of Ilford Delta 3200 by Renars Matvejs

Mar 29, 2019
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Ilfords Delta line of films is for a more specific use, available at iso 100, 400 and 3200. More expensive than HP5+ and also slightly harder to work with in general. In this case I chose to shoot with the EI3200 film.

This is the fastest black and white film on the market as of right now, rated at 1000-1200 iso, but meant for shooting at EI1600 up as far as EI12800 (might have to try this). Although most people sudgest to shoot it at 1600 and develop as 3200 or 1600 I chose to shoot it at EI3200 (the cameras built in light meter doesnt go further).

Firstly, this film is hard to work with and takes time to get familiar with quirks of shooting high speed. For example, if the light meter says that something is properly exposed, but in dark, it will still be dark, although properly exposed.

Secondly, this is probably the most beautifull film I have shot with, I love the grainy look and high contrast this film produces, I also like the fact that I can shoot in dim light without a need for a tripod. This film provide great contrast, sharpness and an “old look” thanks to it’s prominent grain.

Over-exposure can be corrected slightly, but you loose details really quickly when under-exposed, so it’s best avoiding under exposure as much as possible.. The exposure latitude of this film, at least at EI3200, is very small and accurate metering is crucial for retaining detail both in highlights and shadows. 

Shot on Fujica St705w with many different lenses-35mm roll.

Renars Matvejs 

You can find more about my work my Instagram @spuktalion

Renars Matvejs

My name is Renars and I am a Latvian photographer if you can call me that. I am a student at Riga School of Design and Arts and only recently started shooting film. The reason why I bought a film camera in the first place was my wish for a digital one along with having almost no money. It was November 2018, when my Fujica St705w arived at my doorstep from france and I fell in love with it instantly. From the time I loaded film in it and shot the first frame I hadn't had a thought of getting myself a digital camera. I am still learning and finding my style, but I try to shoot as many different film stocks as budget allows at as many different places as I can. Although I photograp just about anything worthy, I am mostly interested in portrait and street photography.

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