I love taking long exposures, especially if there’s water involved in the scene. The look of silky water is always beautiful and can create very interesting photos. Although I have done many long exposures with film, it was always easier to do it with a digital camera, especially if we are talking about shutter speeds over 30 seconds.
The reciprocity failure of most films requires to compensate exposure, which is not an easy thing to do. I don’t really like bracketing film unless I deal with a very special scenery, and digital has the advantage of instant preview (and of course free shots!!). But, I really like the look of film and especially black and white long exposure images, so when I read some articles about the excellent reciprocity of the Fuji Acros 100, I though I give it a try.
I had not used any Fuji b&w film before, I even don’t use color negative Fuji, just the excellent Provia and Velvia slide films. The Provia has great reciprocity until 120 seconds, while the Velvia is really tricky to use.
I did two shots with the Acros, and I was really happy to find out that it’s a fantastic film for long exposures.
The scene is overexposed and thats my fault, since I compensated for reciprocity by adding half a stop to my meter’s readings. I really didn’t believe that with a 3 1/2 minutes exposures I didn’t need to compensate, so I ended up with an overexposed photo.
The same also happened with the image above, I added half a stop in my calculations, and again I got an overexposed image. So the conclusion here, is that next time I will just use my meter’s readings even for whole minutes of exposure. Fuji Acros 100 is a trully excellent film for long exposures and I can’t wait to try it again soon.
(In both images I used the B+W 110ND filter)
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