So following on from my last post shooting the Lomochrome purple in Malta, today’s update is how I got on with Washi S film.
If you have not come across this film before it is a film provided by Washi, a French outfit, best known for their film papers. I have shot this film twice before. One time in London where I was very happy with the results and once in Brighton where I got a few images but I wasn’t respectful to the film properties so not so great.
Washi S is a sound recording film used in the motion picture industry. Shot in a 35mm camera it acts as a very high contrast ISO50 Black & White film. What I have learnt in the few times I have now tried it, is that you have to be very respectful to the highlights and also the areas where the sun is reflected.
This roll was shot in my OM1n, metered at ISO50 using the Lumu iPhone app and an orange filter on the camera. A little note, I found it better to meter the whole scene and then also spot meter certain areas of the frame to try and gauge between the bright and the dark to aim to keep the light under control. This again maybe my own blind leading the blind theory but seems to have worked out.
I shot this roll in the city of Valletta, which is Malta’s capital and also a UNESCO World Heritage sight. The conditions were bright sunlight, mainly clear skies and shadows from the buildings.
Here are the results, I don’t normally say things like this, but I am very very pleased with the results and looking forward to using and understanding this film more and more.
Valletta is also going to be European City of Culture in 2018 and they are building up installations, artwork and sculputure to add to the fantastic historical sights they already have.
And finally, my favourite (non-family) photograph of the whole trip. We were sitting in a typical Valletta outdoor cafe, great food and drink when I took this, it is also the first shot of the roll. It has come out exactly as I visualised with the film and I love it.