When Bellamy Hunt (Japan Camera Hunter) announced his new film 'JCH StreetPan 400' I knew I had to get some. Although the first few rolls didn't turn out completely what I was expecting (dev / scan perhaps). I was eventually getting much more favourable results after some process changes and a bit of an edit in post here and there. Something I usually stay away from.
A great film not only for street photography (as the name suggests) shooting low light early morning or late afternoon with the right amount of sun. I've also shot some landscape photography with a HOYA Variable ND +9 coupled with an R25 red filter for adding some more contrast. With very pleasing results. Shot in the late afternoon from Mary Cairncross Park looking out over the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. The remaining street/ architecture being shot around Brisbane city.
Some of my first rolls were coming back from dev / scan with a more of a sepia tone, which I didn't mind. Whether that was dev or scan, some of the results were what I would call interesting. I enjoy trying out new films in different scenarios and not necessarily for what the film may have been intended for. Some scratches and dust I believe add character to the photographs and generally don't remove them.
Perhaps an alternative to Kodak Tri-x 400, as stated on the JCH400 websites, 'The spectral sensitivity is extended in the near infrared range of the energy spectrum, colour sensitivity: panchromatic up to 750 nm.' I believe is more evident in my landscape photographs of the Glasshouse Mountains with the addition of the R25 filter. I might next time try an R72 IR Filter and see what effects I get. Trying new techniques and experimenting with different emulsions.
High Speed Black and White film,
Exposed from 200-500 ASA/ISO, Near 720nm (IR)
Fine grain and very sharp
Wide Latitude with low sun (shadowy), ideal for speed cameras...
Film Manufacturer - Bellamy Hunt (Japan Camera Hunter) in Belgium.