Ilford Delta 3200 Exposed at 1600 / Processed at 3200

If you google Ilford Delta 3200 you're likely going to come across some sort of discussion board where people are debating what speed the film actually is, how you should expose it, whether or not you should push or pull it; the list goes on and on. I fell deep into one of those threads one evening and the following morning I found myself at a local camera store picking up a roll. I decided that I would expose it at 1600 and then develop it at 3200. Here are the results...

You can see that you get a fair amount of grain coming through, as can be expected with a film speed of 3200. The added boost in contrast makes the grain seem to pop out a bit more, which could be a good or bad thing depending on how you approach your shot. I wasn't thinking about that whatsoever in the above shot, which was a quick portrait just to use up a frame, so I'm not particularly fond of how it turned out.

But where I don't really like how the grain and contrast worked out in the portrait image above, I kind of like it here in this image. I like the extra definition it appears to give the concrete walls and ground. There was also a bit more even lighting here which gave me a bit more natural contrast. 

The two images above were taken in lower light conditions where this film and exposure/developing combination really excels. The grain isn't as prominent but the contrast and tones are in a range that I think most people would be pleased with. 

I'm not going to be the guy to sit here and tell you how you should expose or develop your film, but hopefully, you can look at these examples and see if this combination is something that can work for you. Going forward with this setup I think I would probably just shoot more inside / low light stuff at a lower aperture and let that grain really blend in.

Hope the examples provide a bit of reference!

Spencer Knuttila