Ricardo Kalaidjian
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No. 31 GUGGENHEIM / FUJIFILM SUPERIA 400

Welcome back!

I'm really excited to share this week's post with you guys, I shot a film I've heard a lot about but had not shot myself, Superia X-TRA 400

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To test out this film I went to one of my favorite spots in the city, the Guggenheim Museum, and brought along both my cameras (the Fujifilm Klasse W and Leica MP with the 50 Summilux)

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  It was my first time shooting with both cameras at once, it was incredibly useful to have a 28 and a 50 at my disposal, at first my plan was to take only the Leica with the 50 but I knew right away that I was going to want to shoot wide for the rotunda ceiling.

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I'm really loving the characteristics of this film, for a "budget" option it has remarkably fine grain and great color rendition. I knew that the Guggenheim was going to be a tough test because of the big changes in exposure between the white architecture and the people within it.

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I know this is only one location but I'm really impressed with how this film performed. It doesn't have that lo-fi look you can get with other cheap films where the grain is gigantic. 

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I had been previously disappointed by a roll of Natura 1600 I shot a while ago, granted the subject matter wasn't the most interesting but the grain of the 1600 film was really distracting to my eye. 

I really enjoyed shooting with two cameras, the last time I had done so was when I still had my Hasselblad 501c, and I never liked using that camera. Having the 28 and the 50 without having to do a lens swap was really great. Especially in such an interesting location with lots of different angles to explore

The main exhibition at the Guggenheim right now is by the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, I really enjoyed it even though I was mainly focused on the museum itself. I don't think I had ever seen one of his sculptures live, but I was familiar with his work before, I really admire sculptors for the incredible amount of skill and labor that goes into each piece. Besides, they're much more interesting to photograph than paintings.

I'm glad I bought 4 of these as I still have 2 more rolls to test out in different environments and lighting situations. Expect a part two soon enough.

As for next week I already have my next "budget" film scanned and ready to go, thats all I'll say about that

If you have a suggestion as to another film you would like to see, or want get in touch in general, make sure to leave a comment below, 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Ricardo