single frame: A portrait of the doggo as a young pupper


A portrait of the doggo as a young pupper
Nikon N90s, 50mm f/1.8 AF Nikkor
Ilford HP5 Plus

This is our son Zach’s dog Obie, sitting regally on the rug by the door to the garage. We see a lot of Obie as we’re his default babysitters when Zach travels. He’s a chihuahua-rat terrier mix. This is as big as he’ll be. I’m much more a large-dog person, but Obie’s a charmer and we’re always happy to have him around.

It seems appropriate to photograph a black-and-white dog on black-and-white film. I’d never shot Ilford’s HP5 Plus before, but Analogue Wonderland sent me a roll to try (get yours from them here) in exchange for mentioning that they did.

I’ll have much more to say about HP5 Plus tomorrow, but for today: this ISO 400 film is just lovely, sensitively capturing the entire range of grays. This photograph required no frippery in Photoshop to correct anything. It is perfect just as it came off the processor’s scanner.

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2 responses to “single frame: A portrait of the doggo as a young pupper”

  1. Gerald Avatar

    Well, the subject is beautiful of course, but the photograph is also very beautiful in its own right. This one really deserves to be framed.

    I don’t think I’ve ever shot HP5. I’m not sure why. Maybe because I’ve always been very happy with Tri-X and Tmax 400. But I think I’m going to buy a few rolls now. I’m interested to see what you’ve got to say about it tomorrow.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’ve always been very happy with Tri-X and T-Max too, but now that I’ve seen what this HP5+ (and, earlier, the FP4+) can do, I simply must explore these films more. They’re gorgeous.

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