About 6 months ago I wrote an article (HERE) about my first experience of using a film stock by Lomography called Lady Grey 400. If you read the article, you’ll see I didn’t get very good results but, seemingly, that was because I pushed it to EI1600 which, if my results are anything to go by, this film does not handle so well.
However, this past weekend, I shot another roll under different conditions. Firslty, I shot it at its suggested box speed of ISO400, for one thing. And secondly, I used it in fairly well lit conditions in my garden. I was bored, and I am also part of a small group where we were challenging ourselves to get a good range of photos using only 135mm lenses. So one afternoon while I was free for an hour, I pottered around the garden and house just photographing anything. My main reason for this was to see how the film came out when shot at box speed, as I was sure my attempt at pushing it must be a poor reflection on the film which is probably undeserved. And it was!
After I had shot the 24 frames, I developed the film for 12 minutes at 20 degrees using Ilford Ilfotec DD-X as I do for all my films. When I took it off the reel, I was very pleased with the results. Much nicer contrast than I got last time, lovely shade transitions, and a fairly smooth look to it.
I post some of the better pictures below as reference. Suffice to say I will be using and recommending the film to others. It’s very affordable compared to many black and white film stocks, easy to develop, and when shot at ISO400, it seems to produce some really nice results.
Perhaps it will be for you? Or maybe you have had great results with it? Or maybe you just want to try it out? It’s far more affordable than many film stocks so certainly worth a buy. If you need some, head over to Analogue Wonderland or do so via my loyalty link and bag yourself a freebie while you’re at it 🙂