T for Tungsten: Using T64 on Old Buildings, A Cat, and Some Graffiti in Singapore


Tungsten films were originally designed to take indoor shots, based on their high contrast. In the past, all major brands of films produced tungsten type films. Let me share some of the photos I snapped using Fuji T64 Pro Tungsten 35mm after the jump!

The neighborhood kitty rudely awakened from an afternoon nap.

It feels so good to just say, “I would like it to be cross-processed, C64, please.”

Tungsten films were originally designed to take indoor shots, based on their high contrast. In the past, all major brands of films produced tungsten type films. Noticing the open-mouthed look of stupefaction the Expert-Uncles-at-the-Photolab gave me when I handed them a roll of T64, I felt quite special inside.

My favorite shoes!

The Expert Uncles looked like they reminisced the past as they asked me where I had found this film. Expert Uncle One told me he has not processed this film for ages! Expert Uncle Two told me about the effect on the white parts of the photo. “You see, the white part, becomes non-white!” I really felt a sense of camaderie after seeing the look on their face that told me they felt a sense of nolstalgia after helping to produce my photos.

The Expert Uncles told me to buy many rolls of this film and store it in the fridge after putting them in a ziploc bag.

There are many Velvia film lovers out there and my interest was sparked to see what sort of ‘purplish’ and ‘pinkish’ effect could be produced. I wanted to try this roll out at different brightly-colored places and so, on a super sunny Sunday afternoon, I brought a friend out to the skate park in Orchard Road to also capture the bright designs of graffiti artists. On a separate occasion, I did a lunch-time photowalk through the lovely, well-preserved old buildings in the heart of the city.

A pinkish cast was given to all the originally-white areas in my photos, as predicted; the plants, sky, and green or blue-colored objects had a turquoise hue. What was I found more interesting was the skin-tone— both of us appeared to have a pinkish tones on the skin! Well, I found it flattering as it accentuates my dark hair! In places where there was no direct natural light though, the photo turned out completely dark.

Most liked effects:

1. Details on white-on-white buildings became quite outstanding and gave the building a more 3D effect, compared to other films.
2. The sunlight/lens flare is not so harsh, in fact it seems gradual, and the sky turns an awesome shade of medium blue.

Verdict: I cannot gush more about the pink and purple tones, and the nice gradient effect.

Beautiful detailing on old buildings

Camera used: Superheadz/Vivitar Ultra Wide & Slim
Film: Fuji T64 Pro Tungsten 35mm (expired)
Location: Singapore – Orchard Road, Everton Park, Serangoon North
Film is Cross processed C64 at Shalom Photolab, Bras Basah.
Film bought at Triple D, Burlington Square.

written by spiritedly on 2012-07-02 #gear #film #review #analogue #toy-camera #singapore #t64 #vivitar-ultra-wide-slim #fujifilm #superheadz #cross-processing


  1. jaszee
    jaszee ·

    Ahh. T64 with UWS?! Sweet!! Love the hues it produce... And the lens flare from the camera is just so so soooooo beautiful!

  2. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    Gorgeous models, nice setting filled with color, and a vintage film used as (not) intended make this a memorable article to read and see!

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