Tuesday, 13 June 2017

It's all Black & White - Fuji Neopan 400 Pro


My first venture on Fuji Neopan 400 Pro out of a Canon EOS 300V.

These are photos that I did not include in a previous post which was about the Canon EOS 300V and not so much about the film.  So, I decided I should share the rest of the roll and talk about the outcome.

It seems like so many years ago (prior to the advent of digital photography), I always shot with ISO400 film.  In those days though, when our children (and me  hahaa) were much younger, I always shot in colour.  I guess I have matured (somewhat!) because now I love the shades of grey, the crisp tones, the contrast and, especially with black & white, the soft grain that gives a photograph a romantic & nostalgic feel.

So, I am trying to get through some different films just to get the experience of using them but also to be able to say that I have tried as many as I can, that are currently on the market.   I have a number of films earmarked especially the Fuji Velvia and Provia (which are slide films but have lovely saturated colour) and in the black and white mode I am particularly interested in some of the high ISO (1600, 3200) films for low light photography.

Anyway, I digress.....

I found this film to have a lovely soft, fine grain which was not what I expected from an ISO400 considering I usually shoot Fuji ACROS 100 for black & white.  This lends itself to the soft tones and shades of grey without harsh contrast.  I am happy with the nice sharp results too. 

I have noticed that, with this film roll, there is a very slight magenta cast.  I don't develop or scan my own film (YET!) and I think that this could be a result of the scanning process and not setting the scan for grey tones.  Usually, for some black & white, I desaturate in Lightroom if I think the cast is too heavy but in this case I enjoy the slight magenta cast.

These photos were taken in and around Newcastle, NSW, Australia.  From Newcastle Beach down to Merewether Beach and places in between.  The place is a photographers dream!

My next film foray is on Kodak Portra 160, 120mm using my Voigtlander Bessa 1 folder.  Only 8 exposures so I am being very patient with my subject choice!

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Newcastle Beach looking up to King Edward Park - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Jonathon Livingstone Seagull - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Moors Restaurant - Newcastle East, NSW, Australia
Skateboard Tourist - Hunter Mall, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Flock of Seagulls - Merewether Beach - Newcastle, NSW, Australia 

Seagulls - Merewether Beach - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Scotties Cafe - Newcastle East, NSW, Australia 

Rockface - King Edward Park - Newcastle, NSW, Australia 

Working the Harbour - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Tugboat Escort - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Newcastle Canoe Pool & Sailing - Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Two Dogs - Hunter Mall - Newcastle, NSW, Australia