Orthochromatic film is the original black and white film. Compared with its panchromatic counterpart, orthochromatic film can only see blue light (goodbye, red!)
In this video, Corey Woldenbarger and a friend of his shoot through a few (some 35mm and some 120) rolls of Ilford’s newest film, Ortho Plus 80, in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern TN and western NC, USA. He takes us along on their morning trip to the park and shows off several of the images they took. Matt Day did a similar video some weeks back and had similarly interesting results.
Orthochromatic film is the original style for black and white photography but has fallen in its popularity with the development and availability of panchromatic film. I suspect that in much a similar to film in general, Ilford decided to being back this classic style film because of the increase in popularity of shooting film. Ilford recommends this film for landscapes but seems to work well for portraits too. At the time of writing, I am leaving for a two week trip to the Austrian alps and Germany. I have packed up 4 rolls (120 and 35mm) to shoot on this trip and I couldn’t be more excited to try it out. It's a bit on the pricey side for B&W film but I have high hopes that the results will make it worth it.
Have you shot through any of this film? What did you think?