Wildlife with Black and White Film

We regularly have guests at the Sackville Photo Club, but most of them are there to talk about camera settings or the equipment they use.  When Hope Swiminer from the Hope for Wildlife Society visited, she had something different for us.  

Yes, all the little critters were a little nervous being surrounded by people, but for the most part they remained curious and exploratory.  I was impressed with the composure of the volunteers that Hope brought with her, they were all very comfortable around the animals and were sensitive to their reactions.  

I took the opportunity to fire off a roll of Ilford HP5 film with a 50mm lens and see what came out.  Despite shooting at f/1.4 most of the evening I'm really happy with the way the images came out.  I usually stop down the lens to f/2.8 or f/4.0 to give myself some more depth of field to work with, but with the lighting conditions I didn't have much choice but to open up the aperture. 

Please check out the link above and be sure to look into donating to the Hope for Wildlife Society.  They do exceptional work at rehabilitating animals and releasing them back into the wild.