File photos: Ilford HP5+ single-use camera No. 2

Fort Collins alley
Can’t quite tell what it says, but someone scratched their graffito into the wet concrete on the back of this building in Fort Collins. (Daniel J. Schneider)

I test-shot a second Ilford single-use camera in between the one I reviewed and the one I submitted to #NoGearNoFear, but didn’t develop it for a few weeks. Now, though, I thought I’d share some of the results.

I shot most of the camera in Fort Collins, Colo., where I wandered one day while Kate and a friend of hers made a circuit of some yarn shops. I meandered around downtown, examined a Rolleicord in a small thrift store (I’ve never seen a camera in worse shape, and even at $30 it was extremely overpriced), had some coffee and made notes in my Moleskine, and that sort of thing.

After half the day traipsing around the historic district, I met Kate at Taj Mahal (I love their chicken tikka masala) where we picked up an Indian food feast for dinner. It was a very pleasant day.

I finished the roll with a few shots on 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. I resumed lunch-break walks some this spring, but it’s been dreadfully hot lately. And I’m beginning to tire of the Mall, frankly. Perhaps it will take on more interest for me as it should be undergoing some changes over the next few years.

It should go without saying that all these images were made on HP5+ film with the Ilford Black and White single-use camera (a fresh one; the work involved in reloading and reassembling one was not appealing).

Fort Collins alley space
Some of the alleys in Fort Collins have been turned into park-like spaces with benches and lights. This one is just off Walnut Street in the heart of the historic downtown area. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Pianos in Fort Collins
Fort Collins’ Pianos About Town program is similar to Denver’s Your Keys to the City program, both inspired by Luke Jerram’s pianos in London, England. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Fort Collins Linden Street
Linden Street in old downtown Fort Collins has been turned into a walking mall space with inviting fountains, sidewalk cafes and a stage for events. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Old Firehouse Books
Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins is a beloved local bookseller housed in the town’s first firehouse, which was built in 1882. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Old Firehouse alley
A wrought iron spiral staircase leads to the roof in the alley behind the historic 1882 firehouse on Walnut Street. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Firehouse Alley garden
A fenced garden behind a historic building in downtown Fort Collins, visible from the narrow Old Firehouse Alley, between Jefferson and Walnut streets. The brick looks quite old, though likely not as old as the building itself. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Buskers on Linden
Buskers perform balancing acts on Linden Street in old downtown Fort Collins. Though only a couple of blocks long, Linden is constantly abustle. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Uniqlo building wrap
After Barnes & Noble Booksellers closed on 16th Street Mall in Denver, the building was wrapped up as it began the transformation into Colorado’s first UNIQLO store. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Dancers statue
Afternoon sunlight reflects from the Denver Energy Center onto the dancer statues outside the downtown Sheraton. The ballerinas wear dresses colored to match a variety of holidays and events; I can’t remember what was being celebrated when this was taken. (Daniel J. Schneider)
  • Joshua Fast

    How much PP did you put into them? These are actually really good images for a disposable. The disposables i had for my wedding were loaded with Lucky 200 and were terrible in comparison.

  • Very, very little. I scanned without any sharpening, and my normal process is to fix dust spots with the content-aware healing brush, add a Black and White adjustment layer using the default settings, then add a levels layer where I typically pull the black point up about 10 points and the middle grey point up about 20 points. That’s it. They were very good to start with. As I mentioned in my earlier review, based on the aperture and shutter speed, the film should be overexposed by 1.5-2.5 stops in bright sunlight without the filter, so the filter just brings them right into the sweet spot. I did use the built in flash for the shot at the very top, but I think that’s it. The one of the dancers was a little darker than the others and I pulled it up a bit more in levels; it was the last frame and the sun had just set.

    • Joshua Fast

      Very cool. These could easily be passed off as negs from any camera. Genuinely impressed.

      • Yeah, they’re surprisingly good. Did you see the photos in my review/handbook post? And check out the whole #NoGearNoFear competition (linked in that article) and see what others did with them. Very capable. Looks here:

        • Joshua Fast

          I just did and i have to say thats pretty damn cool. BH just inherited $10 from me so i could try it myself.

          • Good call! I highly recommend taping a red 25A filter to the front. A 52mm gave me good coverage without interfering with the flash, and I used gaffer tape that peeled into strips about 1/4″ wide. Let me know if you post any results.