I've got to say that summer has been rather great so far. I recently went out on a photo shoot near the northern rivers along the way from Portland to Astoria and had the opportunity to make some images I'm pretty happy with. I decided to keep things simple on this particular photo shoot and only had my Minolta SRT-101 with me with about five rolls of Ilford HP5.
Ilford HP5 can be a bit of an odd choice when working in situations with ample natural light. However, one of the reasons I tend to like HP5 is because it is fairly easy to "pull" development and work with the film at a speed closer to ISO 200 or even ISO 100. The result of pulling development can often be lower contrast, which is exactly what I wanted in this situation. It helps to tone down bright sunshine and to keep some detail in the highlights of the image.