Jan 23, 2010


This is a gorgeous winter photo taken with Fuji Natura ISO 1600 film (ISO 1600 means it is for low light). I love the cinematic quality of this film. The soft rich gradation in the sky and the buildings makes my senses melt.

This film is only available in Japan and after searching online I found one site that takes US orders from Japan www.JapanExposures.com. There are some spectulation that Fuji Natura 1600 is the same film as Fuji Superia 1600 which is available in US. However, I have seen both and I can see a huge difference in the subtle gradation. This film is not cheap so I don't recommend you waste it on bright outdoor situations but use it only for low light situations without using the flash.

When I take photos, I try and experiment in different ways. In this case the photographer took the same photo but this time with flash. I will explain the flash part below the photo because remember you are not supposed to use flash with this film. On cameras flash only reach a maximum of 15 or 20 feet. In this example, the buildings, river, and sky are not affected by the flash. Yes, just because the flash popped doesn't mean it actually reached the subject matters in your frame. However, the reason for the spots is that this person was most likely inside a car, boat, or train with a window. The spots are snow or rain on the window surface. The window is within 15 or 20 feet so the flash is only affecting the window. The background is almost exactly the same as the photo without the flash.

For me personally, I do like the spots but not this many. The first photo is a bit vanila for me so if it were me, I would remove about 70% of the spots on the second photo.

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Photo by librarymook loaded with Fuji Natura 1600 film

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