Shooting Film: Fuji Astia 100F

Shooting Film: Fuji Astia 100F

As I continued on my photowalk with my friend David through Yanaka he was kind enough to give me a roll of discontinued and impossible to find Fuji Astia 100F.   I have never shot this film before but I can say I have completely fallen in love with it.  I remember when I first started shooting film a few people mentioned to be that nothing compares to looking at slide film for the first time.  The colors I saw by just holding the slide up to my window were memorizing.   If anyone knows any good shops for buying discontinued film please let me know.

Today’s Configuration:  Leica M6J, Fuji Astia 100F, Various lenses

Yanaka

Exploring Yanaka is fascinating with its endless shrines, temples and cemeteries.   I tried to focus on the details of the places we were exploring…

Yanaka

May Peace Prevail on Earth

This temple we found was particularly charming….

Temples in Yanaka

Temples in Yanaka

Temples in Yanaka

Temples in Yanaka

Drawing in Yanaka

I have been looking for Zen everywhere since moving to Tokyo…

Zen

It is good to see that the cones are being put to good use…

Cones

Cones

A taxi driver on a break…

Taxi driver break in Yanaka

Purple flowers by the traffic light…

Bokeh

Yanaka

Yanaka

A cool old Mini Cooper…

Mini Cooper

Yanaka

Yanaka

Yanaka

Yanaka

Yanaka

The cemeteries were very interesting to explore…

Cemeteries in Yanaka

Cemeteries in Yanaka

Cemeteries in Yanaka

Cemeteries in Yanaka

The color on this film is simply amazing… but you have to nail the exposure.

David Runacres

You can see the highlight just blew out on Dave’s forehead…

David Runacres

I love the way red is so saturated…

Japanese Post Box

Japanese Sign

Yanaka

Yanaka

Yanaka

Thanks for stopping by today.    Check back to see what I was able to capture when I loaded a roll of Ektar…

 

17 Comments

  1. The blown highlights are a technical way to say “lack of hair”. Given a high(ish) contrast lens we can probably get similar results from Provia 100F. So if we cannot find any more Astia that might have to do. BTW – nothing is as breathtaking as a positive slide in medium format. Be warned!

  2. Shooting slide film is the equivalent of shooting in JPEG mode, whereas shooting with negative film is like shooting in RAW

  3. The sliding doors (7th down from the top) conveys a nice feeling of peace and tranquility. Well done on all the images. BTW, you’ve lit a fire in me; I’ve dusted off one of my film cameras and loaded it with a role of film. I don’t think I’ve shot with film in 10 years. My wife thinks I’m crazy; she’s probably right.

  4. A person by the name of Bellamy of the FB Page “Japan Camera Hunter is always promoting Film Photography and he may find what your looking for..Best Wishes.

  5. Fantastic Mini

    Love these pictures.

  6. I am pretty sure that you can still pick up Astia in 120/220. But if they’re all gone then thankfully I still have a few boxes left.

  7. Excellent photos. Slide film is beautiful to shoot. Since you are mainly processing and scanning, it might be worth the while just to shoot slides instead of negative film. I’ve shot Provia, Astia and Velvia and love all of them.

  8. Absolutely amazing…Simply loved the colors

  9. Lovely colors… shame it’s discontinued

  10. I wonder if you’d do a small comparison of shooting the exact scene with your M6 & film compare to the M9 … i wonder how to colors differ between them.. if really film’s colors are more vibrant then digital’s.

  11. Wow Astia is just utterly amazing! The blacks incredibly rich and the colors so true to life without being overly saturated. I can’t believe they’ve discontinued this film

  12. Awesome Mike. I am glad to hear it.

    Jim – I know Bellamy. He doesn’t have any.

    Adrian – I have some Provia and Velvia in my fridge waiting to be shot.

  13. Jim Donahue, you might want to check out this entry: http://shoottokyo.com/2012/10/22/bruce-gilden-tokyo-workshop/

    Dave was with Bellamy at the workshop ;P

    Dave, you seem to be missing the September and October 2012 links under Archives in your navigation menu.

    Back on topic… the only time I’ve shot with Astia was on the X100. :p I don’t think I’ve seen that film in Singapore. I happened to be looking through this just before I read this post.

    http://japancamerahunter.com/shop/bikkuri-film-cases/

    Bellamy listed Astia under the Colour Bikkuri case but he might have run out of the stocks since he’s sent out the first batch of cases.

    In any case, I’d love to hear more from you about how it feels to be shooting slide. Did it make you change the way you shoot?

  14. Thanks for the reminder Jen. I updated the archives. Bellamy doesn’t have anymore. I hope I can find some. Shooting it didn’t really change the way I shoot as it was the first time I ever shot it. Now that I understand how dark it makes the shadows, etc, I will probably adjust how I shoot a bit to take advantage of that.

  15. Dave, I only realised it when I wanted to look for link of the earlier post. I hope you will venture to shoot other slide films. I need to remember to pick up a few rolls to try next time.

  16. Dave, just wanted to let you know that I am always in awe of the bokeh produced by the depth of field. I can’t always achieve that lovely bokeh with my dated Canon Rebel, so keep the pictures comin’!

  17. Thanks Stephanie… Just need some fast glass and you should be good.

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