So after much deliberation, I decided to go back to Hasselblad again. I think shooting blindly with the hasselblad was a bit of a mistake in the first place and put me off using it. Now I know the route I want to take, I think it’s most suited to landscape. I bemoan the lack of a high end digital SLR but I decided to stick out medium format this time. The first decision I had to make was what film I was going to use. I did a lot of research on the subject and I knew I wanted subdued/natural colours as opposed to vivid and punchy.
I found it really difficult to find accurate links on the subject. I would have thought at some stage someone would have taken a photo of a scene under the same lighting conditions and different films but no! so I decided the best way to look for film was searching through tags on flickr. While not ideal, as some shots are edited and all are taken under very different conditions. It gives a good impression of the overall range of the film, you can expect to achieve.
First decision I made before I started was decide on the film speed I want. Even though I using a tripod, I still didn’t feel that comfortable using 100 film because of the awful weather conditions in Galway and I thought I might be shooting some shots indoors too.
Second decision was using what was locally available. I didn’t really have time to order film from England and wait around for it to arrive. So I was limited in what was available in the local camera shops, thankfully their selection is pretty good.
Fuji Film Pro 400H - http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=Fuji+Pro+400H&m=text
Fuji Reala Professional - http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=Fuji+Reala+Prof&m=text
Fuji Provia 400X - http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=Fuji+Provia+400X&m=text
Kodak Portra 400 - http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=Kodak+Portra+400&m=text
After looking at flickr for well over an hour, I decided on Fuji Film Pro 400H . I felt it had the best natural colours and I had used it before last year and was pretty happy with the outcome. I wanted to avoid vividly blue skys and extremely green grass. I won’t really know for sure it was the right decision until I get rolls developed on Tuesday though!