Film Photography: Fuji Neopan Acros 100 at the Beach

You don't normally think of black and white film as the perfect way to capture the last summer weekend at the beach, but I happened to have a roll in my bag and wanted to play around with silhouettes. Luckily the roll was 100 speed Fuji Neopan Acros instead of my usual Kodak Tri-X 400. With the maximum shutter speed of 1/500 of a second on the Hasselblad, I was just barely able to take these shots in extremely bright conditions. With a 400 speed film, I would have had to pull the Tri-X 400 two stops (develop at 100 ISO instead of the box speed of 400 ISO) or use a filter. These shots probably would have benefited from a filter anyway, but I didn't have one with me. I was happy with every shot from this twelve shot roll; here are a handful.

I developed this roll in Kodak Xtol developer at 22C for 6 minutes.

Guy Walking on Rockaway Beach, Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Two Girls and Shore Birds on Rockaway Beach, Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Woman in Hat Walking in Surf on Rockaway Beach, Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Girl and Bird on Rockaway Beach, Fuji Neopan Acros 100

And of course I had to capture my favorite subject.

Kate Standing Sideways on Rockaway Beach, Fuji Neopan Acros 100