Monday, July 02, 2012

Using T64 film : a cat, old buildings, and some graffiti

Camera: Superheadz also known as Vivitar Ultra wide&slim
Film: Fuji T64 Pro Tungsten 35 mm (expired)

Location: Singapore - Orchard Road, Everton Park, Serangoon North

Film is Cross processed C64 at Shalom Photolab, Bras Basah.
Film bought at Triple D, Burlington Square.

It feels so good to just say "I would like it to be cross-processed, C64, please."

Tungsten films were originally designed to take indoor shots, based on their high contrast. In the past, all major brands of films produced tungsten type films. And noticing the open-mouthed look of stupefaction the Expert-Uncles-at-photolab gave me when I handed them a roll of T64, I felt quite special inside.

The Expert Uncles looked like they reminisced the past as they asked me where I had found this film. Expert Uncle One told me he has not processed this film for ages! Expert Uncle Two told me about the effect on the white parts of the photo. "You see, the white part, becomes non-white!" I really felt a sense of camaderie after seeing the look on their face that told me they felt a sense of nolstalgia after helping to produce my photos.

The Expert Uncles told me to buy up many rolls of this film and store it in the fridge after putting them in a ziploc bag.

There are many Velvia film lovers out there and my interest was sparked to see what sort of 'purplish' and 'pinkish' effect could be produced. I wanted to try this roll out at different brightly-colored places and so on a super sunny Sunday afternoon I brought a friend out to the skate park in Orchard Road to capture also the bright designs of graffiti artists.

On a separate occasion, I did a lunch-time photowalk through the lovely, well-preserved old buildings in the heart of the city.

A pinkish cast was given to all the originally-white areas in my photos, as predicted, the plants, sky, and green or blue colored objects had a turquoise hue; more interestingly to me was the skin-tone, both of us appeared to have a pinky tone on the skin, well, I found it flattering as it accentuates my dark hair!

In places where there was no direct natural light though, the photo turned out completely dark.

Most liked effects:
1. Details on white-on-white buildings became quite outstanding and gave the building a more 3D effect, compared to other films.

2. The sunlight/lens flare is not so harsh, in fact it seems gradual, and the sky turns an awesome shade of medium blue.

Verdict: I cannot gush more about the pinky and purple tones, nice gradient effect.

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