A sunny beach, miles of empty sand, and a camera loaded with our new Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 : sounds like an adventure for Los Angeles based photographer Edward Conde. This pillar of the low ISO film community and co-host of the podcast Ultra Low ISO Club just tested our lowest B&W film so far, and his shots are nothing short of a film noir based in sunny California.
Did you come across any challenges while shooting with our slow ISO black and white film?
The only challenge I can think of is when trying to shoot in the shade. Areas with very little sun would mean shooting at slower shutter speeds. Aside from that no other real challenges I can think of!
Tell us a bit about the photos you’ve taken with our film.
I photographed a couple of different places with this film. First I stopped by one of the local beaches and photographed a lifeguard tower. The sun was already bright that morning and it was casting a nice shadow across the tower I wanted to capture. I think the film did well with the shadows and keeping the details.
What could you say about the results? What are your thoughts about the film’s “look”?
I really enjoyed the results of this film. The sharpness and shadow detail were fantastic. I think there is a cinematic tone to the film. In some of my shots, I saw a hint of that feeling.
What kind of photography would you recommend our new black and white film for?
I think portraits might be good as well because of how well this film maintains the shadows!
I like them both for different reasons. With the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8, you get the crushed blacks and harsh contrast in the images. This can make for super impactful and emotional photos. With Babylon Kino B&W ISO 13, it is completely opposite. There is shadow detail, the highlights are maintained and the blacks are mild. It is too early to tell which is my favorite, but I plan on shooting both films in the future.