After a pretty long wait, the scans are finally in – this past January, I set out to shoot one roll of film per month and share the results. Last month’s film choice was Japan Camera Hunter StreetPan 400 in 120 format. It was my first time shooting with this particular film and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Using a few online reviews as a guide, I was expecting a contrast-y, medium grain black and white film emulsion that was a little unforgiving. I should’ve focused a bit more on the “unforgiving” part.
So my first attempt at shooting with JCH StreetPan 400 netted mixed results and frankly, left me wanting to shoot a second roll. It appears that my over-reliance of my Bronica ETR-S’s prism meter meant that many of the shots ended up under exposed. My errors in handling the film aside, the shots that I did successfully capture produced very pleasing results that begged for a second look. The high contrast images were aesthetically pleasing and give instant mood and character to every thing you shoot.
This past month, I didn’t get the shot I was looking for but I did manage to learn to shoot with a new film emulsion. I’ve long wanted to work with StreetPan but couldn’t find the right project – almost hoarding the film but not ready to commit to its use. This project is a reminder to me that I have to take these chances to continue to improve my craft. To get out of my comfort zone and try new things. You should too.
For my February roll, I opted to go with Lomography’s Color Negative 800 in 35mm format. The photos have already been shot and are currently awaiting development. Look for the results this weekend.