Category Archives: Natura 1600

Fuji Natura 1600

This is the first time I have shot colour film rated at 1600 and I am blown away by the fine grain at a high ISO.

Canon EOS 620, F/2.8. Kew Gardens, London.

Canon EOS 620, F/4. Kew Gardens, London.

Canon EOS 620, F/16. Kew Gardens, London.

Develop:

I have yet to receive my thermometer which goes to 38ºc and beyond (for standard develop and rapid develop) so I am doing a slower develop. I have read online there can be colour shift and the yellows/cyans not as strong however (as of yet) I have not experienced any problems.

Warm bath 30º for 5m
Develop 30ºc +-0.5ºc for 8m
Bleach 30ºc +-1.0ºc for 6m
Rinse 30ºc – 40ºc for 6m
Stab 20ºc – 40ºc for 1m
Hang to dry with Patterson neg clips for 2 hours (use squeegee lightly to remove excess water, be careful of tram lines)

During scanning there was a colour cast leaning towards red. This was adjusted in post along with cleaning, curves and saturation.

I have noticed there is more cleaning in Photoshop required on my developed colour film than the black and white. I think this is because of the final process and the water used. In black and white after fixing there is a 10 minute wash, after that I use a wetting agent with deionised water. The wetting agent reduces grime on the negative and deionised water will ensure there aren’t any mineral marks left behind once dried.

On my first C-41 mix of chemicals I followed the instructions word for word and used water from the tap. However next time I will use deionised water for the final stage (STAB) so that there is a low chance of mineral residue on left on the negative once dried.

Canon EOS 620, F/2.8. Colchester.

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