Night Photography with Washi F Film

Shots in The Dark...

Photographing with this unique fluorographic black & white film originally used for lung x-rays in Eastern Europe. Washi Film “F” is a special X-ray film used for mass lung disease diagnose. Being coated without anti-halation layer, this unique film offers a high diffusion effect and beautiful grain.

I had demonstrated Washi F film in two earlier videos: STREET PHOTOGRAPHY РMamiya C220 medium format FILM camera and Washi F 120 film and Winter FILM Photography Mamiya C220 and Washi F. Neither video truly showed off the unique characteristics of this unique film. I chose night photography to show off the highlight blooms so prevalent in this film due to its lack of an anti-halation layer. The smaller format of 35mm film also exaggerated this effect.  

Film Noir seemed like the perfect vehicle to showcase this film and how night images from Washi F are pure magic. All the still images were taken on the same night with the Olympus OM-1 35mm film camera. All were taken handheld with a 1/15 shutter speed, aperture varied from f1.8 to f2.8. I had an absolute blast putting this video together and I truly hope you enjoy watching it.

The film was developed in FPP-110 developer for 8 minutes with 10 sec agitation every two minutes. The slower agitation schedule was to help preserve detail in the highlights.

I made an alternate (but unused) thumbnail for the video. I did test it out and the CTR fell off almost immediately. 

Washi (the world’s smallest film company) distributes unusual film emulsions that capture the world in a unique way. For more information, visit them at: http://filmwashi.com/en/

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