Fuji Neopan Acros 100, 04 January 2010


Since I seem to be on a roll [1] with displaying new types of film I’ve recently shot, here’s another of Fuji’s fine products. Seriously, I may have to start using their film more often.


Photo Information:

Camera: Canon AE-1 Program
Lens: Canon 135mm f/3.5 FD
Film: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 (35mm)
Metering: TTL

As indicated, this is Fuji’s Acros 100; appropriately enough, the film is rated at ISO 100. [2] The relatively high contrast may not be appealing to everyone, but oh my. Just look at the grey tones the film captured – and the smoothness of the grain. Kodak and Ilford both make much of how their ISO 100 films have the “finest” grain ever, but this stuff is just magnificent. Of course, as with any slow film, there are limitations to how and/or when one can use it, but if you’re using prime lenses with relatively wide maximum apertures, [3] then you can offset the inherent speed limitations somewhat. Night photography, of course, is entirely out of the question without a tripod, but you already knew that, didn’t you?

As for the subject itself, this is a decorative urn/garland/something on the front porch of an apartment building in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia. Having frequented the area in the past, I knew about this little sculptural element, but most of the time, it doesn’t really capture my attention. This particular afternoon, however, the sun was shining directly on it, while the trees in front of the building [4] were casting some rather nice shadows on the brick facade of the building, so the composition caught my eye. I used a short telephoto lens (135mm) set on its widest aperture (f/3.5, in this case – not too shabby for a telephoto lens, though for a portrait lens, there are better – but that’s neither here nor there), and focused on the urn itself. This, of course, had the effect of rendering the urn in crisp focus, while blurring the background. Since the distance between the urn and the facade isn’t too great, and since I was shooting from a fair distance away, the brick courses are rendered indistinct but not totally unrecognizable – I think this works well with the dark leaves on the right and the indistinct shadows cast across the wall. I did burn the shadows a little bit in post processing, just to make them read a little stronger, and I also dodged around the highlights on the top of the urn, so that they definitely read as being in direct light. Otherwise, the tones are more or less what the film itself captured.



[1]: Yes, I know…incredibly lame pun. Sorry…couldn’t help myself.

[2]: Its like the film has that number in its name because of this, or something…

[3]: You are, aren’t you? Have I not previously extolled the virtues of using prime lenses on at least one other occasion? Do you not pay attention to the wisdom I have to impart? What, you’re not listening? Oh. Well, fine. Two can play at that game! Er, who, precisely, am I talking to, anyways?

[4]: Yes, there are actual trees in Norfolk. Oh sure, there are trees here in Chicago, but you can pull them out of the ground with a rope and Pinto. Okay, so I kid…mostly. There are sizable trees here in Chicago, just not nearly as many as back in Virginia. And good luck finding something that big in the Loop…


One Response to “Fuji Neopan Acros 100, 04 January 2010”

  1. […] of y’all who’re long-time readers here (heh) may recall that about a year ago, I posted a similar photo to this one, showing a decorative sculptural feature on the front porch of an […]

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