On Easter Saturday I headed to a beach here in Oulu, to try out the newly bought ND filters. It was sunny afternoon and I shot two rolls of film with Yashica Mat EM. Here’s what I captured on Fuji Pro 400H film. These are from the same roll as the long exposure I posted yesterday.
All the photos below were shot through a Hoya NDx16 filter which decreases the light by 4 stops.
Although scanning the film is usually really painful and slow, especially color print film, I wouldn’t give up on (medium format) film. You cannot achieve softness and sharpness like this with a digital camera. I love my Yashica TLR!
Development notes: Fuji Pro 400H was shot at box speed and developed with Rollei Digibase C-41 chemicals in 38°C. It was the roll #6 with the batch of chemicals so color developer time was 3:30. Bleaching took 4:00, fixigin 5:00 and stabilizing 1:30.
A 30-second exposure with Yashica Mat EM on Fuji Pro 400H through ND400 and ND16 filter.
Don’t expect to get similar colors with the film ‘out of the box’ because I had to scan the frame with ‘linear setting’ in Silverfast and then darken it in Photoshop to get a clean (or almost clean) scan. With a ‘standard setting’ or a film profile the scan was full of purple/red haze. Don’t ask me why. Sometimes I hate scanning color (print) film.
I do not know how I was able to pull off the excellent pushed results back in December (Fuji Pro 400H @ 1600). I have not been able to repeat that with the same film and chemicals. In March I got dirty colors (mostly because of artificial lighting) and the latest run didn’t go well either.
Here are some of the frames that I shot with Nikon EM and Nikon Series E 50mm f/1.8 lens on Fuji Pro 400H film that was exposed at ISO1250-1600. I developed the film with freshly mixed Digibase chemicals but the results are mediocre at best.
Development notes: Fuji Pro 400H film shot at ISO 1600 (2-stop push). The film was developed with freshly mixed Rollei Digibase C-41 chemicals in 38°C. Color developer time was 4:15 (3:15 + 2 x 30 seconds per stop). Bleach 4:00, fixer 5:00 and stab 1:30.