Hey guys, a real vague question here, with a fairly dumb set of variables, but I'm sure that you can help.
I today shot my first roll of film taken from a bulk roll of out of date HP5...not HP5+, which probably makes this a VERY out of date roll of film. I shot it in a previously untested Olympus Pen EE, in the snow, and developed it in the completely unsuitable (but all that I have in the cupboard) FX-39. Never before has the phrase "recipe for disaster" been so accurate.
The results are, to use a technical term, crappy. Dark and tonally compressed. I'm pretty sure that the camera under-exposed because of the snow, but even so I'm sure I need to improve the processing. Does anyone have any experience with HP5, advice on shooting and developing it? Also, given the age of the film, should I be developing for longer?
I'll run a few frames through a camera that I can trust next to take that variable out of the equation. At least with bulk film I can make 10 frame rolls so It won't take weeks to experiment :-)