"I usually shoot medium format black & white film because I enjoy the look it gives the most"

Tell us about yourself.

I am 37 years old, from Helsinki, Finland. I work for the mail company and I'm also a photographer.
Jarmo Hämäläinen Ida Maria
Lens: 150mm
Film: Kodak T-Max 100

When and how did the film journey begin for you?

Well, it began many years ago, actually in 2002, when I got my first 35mm film camera. I was taking this class where I learned black & white photography, film developing and darkroom work. At some point I mainly used digital but then I got fed up with that and decided to really go back to working with film again. I enjoy it so much more.
Jarmo Hämäläinen Doris
Lens: 80mm
Film: Ilford PanF 50+

What type of film do you usually shoot and what made you choose it?

I usually shoot medium format black & white film because I enjoy the look it gives the most. Sometimes I shoot 35mm too.
I don't really feel like I need color that much. I also enjoy developing the black & white film myself. I use different brands of films but I mostly shoot Kodak and Ilford films because those are the easiest to find and don't cost (too) much either.
Jarmo Hämäläinen Ilona
Lens: 150mm
Film: Kodak T-Max 100
They also deliver good image quality. I particularly like Kodak Tri-X 400 because of its amazing tonality and exposure latitude. It's also very good for push processing.
Ilford has some very nice films too like the Ilford PanF 50+. Also Ilford FP4+ I've used a lot.

What camera makes you click?

Well, I guess I'd have to say Zenza Bronica Sq-Ai because that's what I use the most. It's a good camera, a bit like a poor man's Hasselblad. I got mine second hand.

Between black and white and colour film which would you choose?

Definitely black & white.

What lenses do you use?

With my Zenza I use 80mm, 65mm and 150mm lenses. I also have a Canon EOS 35mm camera on which I mostly use 50mm and 85mm lenses.

Do you make any experiments on film?

I don't do anything spectacular but I do bit of push processing every now and then. For example Kodak Tri-X 400 you can easily push a couple of stops, even three if needed. Sometimes I also experiment with expired films. The older the better. You get mixed results but I guess that's the fun of it!

Jarmo Hämäläinen Ksenia
Lens: 80mm
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400@800
Jarmo Hämäläinen Taru Väike
Lens: 80mm
Film: Ilford PanF 50+
Jarmo Hämäläinen Leena
Lens: 80mm
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400@3200
Jarmo Hämäläinen Anna
Lens: 80mm
Film: Ilford HP5+
Jarmo Hämäläinen Lux Aestiva
Lens: 150mm
Film: Ilford PanF 50+
Jarmo Hämäläinen Misi the Maneater
Lens: 80mm
Film: Kodak T-Max 100
Jarmo Hämäläinen Milla This is from my most recent model shoot. We were shooting at this island just next to Helsinki called Suomenlinna. Just as we had finished the first roll of film it started to rain. Luckily we found this old fortress and were able to continue the shoot there. I'm quite happy with this picture, it has a nice mood. There wasn't a lot of light but Tri-X did the job once again. Like here, I almost always use a tripod when I shoot with Zenza.
Lens: 80mm
Film: Kodak Tri-X 400@800

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