Fuji Neopan 400 Pushed to 1600

This post is a continuation of my previous post, for a full review and information on the creation of the film(s) and the people involved please visit Ilford HP5+ 400 Pushed to 3200

This was the first film that i shot pushed however i decided to upload it after the HP5+ for various reasons. I began shooting this film along the embankment and around Tower Bridge (inside the bridge) my Mother come to London to visit me for a couple of days and wanted to do the touristy attractions, being a Londoner i take the sites and sounds for granted as i see them every day, unsurprisingly i haven’t done much of the tourist experiences here because i do other things like work and wondering around with my camera.

When i arrived at the gym this film was almost finished, i was unsure whether 1600 would be fast enough so wanted to keep a few frames just to see how Neopan coped being pushed in the lighting available.

Shooting with my 24-70 at f/2.8 was interesting to say the least, poor lighting made it difficult to get the desired speed i wanted however i didn’t want to lower the f/stop too much because keeping some details in the background was important for this type of photography. I brought my 50mm f/1.4 incase i really was struggling for light although i wouldn’t have ventured any lower than f/2 in these circumstances.

In the end because the 1600 push wasn’t coping with the limited light i pushed a roll of HP5+ 3 stops which gave me much more freedom with shutter speed and aperture.

This roll of Neopan has degraded quite a bit, i am unsure whether the push/developing has affected the emulsion or if the process of coating the film has failed in some way as there is considerable dust/scratches and chunks out of the photographs which had to be repaired quite painstakingly in some areas (retouching with grain is always fun).

Interestingly Neopan developed similar grain properties as the HP5+ at a lower push, the contrasts are appealing however not as consistent as the HP5+ however saying this the quality of the photograph is not compromised and finishes with a classic grainy style.

I am going to enquire what developers the company i use practice with as i would like to see the results of microphen and xtol being used in development. “Do it yourself” i hear you cry once more at me, the simple answer is i would if i had the time, i do miss developing my own film however it’s much easier and faster for me if i can send it off to a developers as i work a lot. Although the next stage for the development of this project will be developing my own work at times to create my own form of photography, however i make up for some this in editing after scanning.

You’ll notice that there is only a small collection of photos in this post, this is due to me doubling up a little with the photos, plus there was some i just didn’t want to include in the final publish. Doubling up is a habit i need to get out of when shooting with film, I have used digital for such a long time it is sometimes second nature to click the shutter more than once.

I would be interested to see Neopan pushed a few more stops as i feel that it would create some fantastic punchy results.

3 thoughts on “Fuji Neopan 400 Pushed to 1600

  1. Very cool stuff. 😉

    I’m not sure why you had problems with the emulsion lifting off—that’s a little weird. I’ve also noticed a lot more grain in your shadows than I’ve seen in my shadows. For example—the picture of the kid in the bedroom is so amazing, but it’s a lot grainier than I would’ve expected from that film and that process. (It’s a shame too…these are all great pictures otherwise.)

    You should definitely develop yourself if you want to prevent weird things like these from happening again. After all, I’ve gotten some of my favorite images out of Neopan 400 at 1600. Neopan is so fine-grained that you can use a high acutance developer without making it look extra grainy (I use Rodinal). Since underexposing and overdeveloping increases the contrast, I stand-develop so I can get more shadow detail. Here’s an example: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyofnight/8482924395/.

    I can’t wait to see your next roll. 😀

    • bradchip says:

      Hi Tim

      Thank you for your constructive feedback. The photograph of the child in the room is actually my Mum! I’ll pass the compliment along to her ha. I took a look at the link you provided and you do have much more shadow details, plus it your grain looks very different in comparison to mine.

      This is something that i want to look into during this project, not only the film type and speed but also the development process, of course i will need to develop myself so that i have complete control, however at the moment it’s difficult as i am in-between moving houses and work a lot as a retoucher in a studio in London.

      Neopan has got some fantastic results although i do favour Ilford at the moment, i have sent off for another 4 rolls of film to be developed so there will be more shortly 😛

      Best
      -Brad

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