6×9, Fuji Reala & sunshine equals happiness …..

A short little blog post today.

As my C41 chemistry has gone off I have been sending my films off to the wonderful Filmdev to process and scan.

If I didn’t shoot so many rolls I would gladly give all my film to them as they are such an awesome lab but it would get really expensive so I will treat myself once or twice a month and carry on sending certain rolls to them as the results are brilliant.

Anyway this is a roll of my favourite Fuji Reala shot in the Fuji GW690iii the other weekend while out up the mountain in glorious sunshine.

I love how reala renders greens especially in good light and all these frames have an abundance of green to savour … ha ha

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Shooting Lomography Colour Negative 400 on a Sunny day …..

My favorite colour negative film stock is Fuji Reala but obviously they stopped producing it a few years back so I have been trying to buy up as much as I can get my hands on over the last 2 years.

One day there will be none left so I have been shooting various different stocks in a bid to find one that sort of gives me a similar look to Reala which isn’t easy.

The closest I have managed is with Lomography Colour Negative 400 when shot 1 stop over which does not match Reala totally but gives me a very pleasing look that is reminiscent in feel.

The best thing is that Lomo 400 is actually being made today and at a good price too so here are my favorites from the roll that I shot last weekend where the sun shone here in the South Wales valleys.

To be honest Lomo 400 works great at 400 in poor light but when it’s over exposed a stop in bright sunshine then for me it is at it’s best.

This roll was shot using my Nikon FE2 and 50mm f1.4 and developed and scanned by the wonderful Filmdev who do an excellent job .

Anyway here are the photos … comments welcomed 🙂

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First 2 rolls with my Fuji GW690iii ….

I recently managed to get one of my dream cameras into my collection the awesome Fuji GW690iii.

I have been looking for ages at a bit of a step up from my 6×6 and 6×4.5 medium format cameras with the possible idea of eventually getting into large format further down the line.

A good twitter friend gave me a stunning deal where by we swapped … I gave him my Fuji X-T10 and in return I got the Fuji and also a Samyang 8mm f2.8 fish-eye for my X-T20 …… suffice to say I am so sure I have had the best end of the deal.

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Apart from the battle scars to the built in hood the camera was in excellent condition and I was excited to get out and use it.

I shot the 2 rolls over 2 weekends … the 1st was at my local beach of Porthcawl and the 2nd was up in the forestry here in the garw valley.

The camera was a dream to use even though it is big compared to my Leica rangefinder it handles very well and as the body is made up of quite a bit of plastic (very solid plastic mind) the weight is not too bothersome.

I even manged to hand hold down to 1/30th on 2 of the forest shots.

Anyway here are all 15 images ….. ( I managed to leave the lens cap on for one frame in the Reala set …. idiot)

First Fuji Reala …

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Second Kodak Ektar …

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The size of 6×9 negs is something to behold … it’s a bit strange just seeing 8 frames when you get it out of the tank and the level of detail you get even when scanning on my getting old Epson v500 is lovely.

I am going to get my next roll lab processed and scanned just to hopefully see just how good this lovely camera is.

Anyway thanks for looking ….

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Mountain walk with the 645 & some Fuji Reala …..

R2-02493-0002I have been using my Mamiya 645 a lot recently, its such a lovely camera.

The handling is great and the images it produces make me want to shoot it all the time.

I find it easier to compose images in the 6 x4.5 format it seems much more natural to me that 6 x 6.R2-02493-0004-EditWith the metered prism finder portrait images are easy too unlike using the waist level finder.

These images were shot using the 80mm f2.8 on what is becoming my favorite film at the moment Fuji Reala 100 which is obviously expired so I rated it at 50 iso and in some of the frames I over exposed another stop too.

R2-02493-0011The light was pretty difficult with the sun going in and out all the time and I didn’t take a tripod which was a pain but I only messed up 3 frames with camera shake which I was pleased with to be honest.R2-02493-0012As usual the film was processed and scanned by FilmDev who did a great job and I cannot recommend them more highly for the quality and especially the price.

I can’t imagine ever developing & scanning my own C-41 ever again.R2-02493-0000I still have 4 boxes of Reala in the fridge and I am checking eBay to try and get more I love the colours it produces especially over exposed and in good light.

I am going to have to shoot some portraits with it soon.R2-02493-0005R2-02493-0007R2-02493-0006R2-02493-0003R2-02493-0001R2-02493-0013Thanks for looking

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