This pricey but colorful companion will help you make the most of dimly lit restaurants and late night adventures. When paired with a fast camera, Fuji's Natura 1600 can capture the evening like no other.
Sometimes even the fast lens of my Horizon Perfekt needs a little help to get great images at night. So I recently tried Fuji’s pricey Natura 1600 to see if let me take some photos where I previously couldn’t.
A night out in Austin, Texas was the perfect trial run for this film. Austin is famous for its live music and varied bar scene, so I loaded it up with Natura 1600 and we hit the town.
Of course, there is quite a grain to this emulsion, but that is to be expected. I find it similar to many ISO 800 color films but still less attractive than a fast monochrome.
Austin is the capital of Texas, and we walked our way through town until we came to the capital building. With my camera/film combo there was more than enough light to make some lovely photos.
I traveled both ways on a plane with this roll of film, and I asked security to hand check it in each direction. I know there are lots of feelings about the x-ray scanners at airports, but I personally feel that it degrades any film and is more noticeable on faster films. Security was friendly both ways and delayed me only a little.
After the capital building, we headed back through town and hit another bar. It was VERY dark inside and I was only able to capture this image with a long exposure in addition to the speed of Natura 1600. I really couldn’t have taken this shot any other way.
We got back to the hotel, and I finished off the roll.
Scanning at home was straightforward, although the film keeps a minor curl on it compared to cheaper color negative film. In summary, Fuji Natura 1600 is a great film for a very specific purpose. Give it a try next time you head out late!