Fuji TX2 + Rollei RPX 25
I really like this photo of Amélie’s back… but it was not at all what I was going for, due to my own stupidity. I was very keen to try RPX25 in this project, it’s a film with virtually no grain and with studio lights I thought that the low sensitivity would not be an issue. It turns out it was, kind of, in that blowing the background became a challenge with the lights maxed out. But that’s not where my stupidity came in. When I shoot the textures they are shot at -1 stop. In order to do that I enter the ISO manually at double the nominal value. On the XPAN though, once you’re entered ISO manually it doesn’t reset to Auto once the roll is finished (which would be intelligent, really…) Since the last texture I shot was a Pan F the camera was manually set to ISO 100. And I only noticed on the 5th roll because the 1st roll I shot was Rollei 100… Anyway, most of the other rolls were in the 100-160 ISO range so it wasn’t so bad. But this RPX 25 was shot 2 stops underexposed instead of nominal and the texture was shot at only 1 stop underexposed as I normally do. This is what the texture is so present in the bottom of the frame where the light drops of. To be honest I’m surprised that the top of the portrait came out so well. And thank god RPX25 is virtually grainless: the result is a happy accident!