I took a roll of Fomapan Classic 100 along with my Pentax ZX10 35mm film camera and headed downtown to meet my friend Gabrielle for a quick lunchtime photoshoot. The fact that it was midday did not go unnoticed, and was actually the point of the shoot. I wanted to see how well the film would react in such high contrast situations.
While we did shoot some photos with the sun in play, I also took a handful of shots using available shade to even out the light on her face. The preferred way to do portrait photography on a sunny day would be to seek out shade and shadow areas to place your subject, so the light is even on their body and especially their face. But if you want to get creative, or use high-key lighting directly from the sun, you can certainly break some rules and have some fun with it as well. That's what we did on this particular day using the black and white film.
Out of the 24 exposures there were about a dozen good shots, with the other half either a bit soft in the focusing, or a little under-exposed. But enough came out crisp and sharp that I was happy with both the camera and the film. The Fomapan Classic 100 was a bit flat, which some may find preferable. I like contrast, natural if possible, though it's easy enough to add in post since I edit and catalog everything in Lightroom.
I used Kodak HC-110 @68' F for about 7 minutes, and was fairly pleased with the results. Some of the photos were a bit soft in the focus, but I'm not sure if I had the AutoFocus set on pinpoint or area-auto, which would explain the 'out of focus' shots on the bench toward the end of the video.
The grain was as would be expected for 100 ISO film, fine but noticeable, as it should be. There were no outstanding negatives to this film, other than it was a bit flat with not much contrast. However, again, I don't know if this is due to developing process, or the film characteristics itself.
I will be using more Fomapan 100 Classic both for portrait and landscape work to continue the comparison's and reviews. I will also be reviewing Kentmere and Arista EDU Ultra, and making comparisons between the inexpensive black and white films easily available on the market.