Ricardo Kalaidjian
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No. 36 ACROS AT 400

Last week I spoke about how I was going to experiment with different B&W films

If you’ve been following the blog for a while you know that I love Acros, but with its inevitable demise, I’ve been on a search for an adequate replacement.

For me, B&W requires a completely different skill set than color (ok, maybe not completely but almost). If I have been shooting color for a while (like now) I find it hard to go back to B&W, and my first rolls after the switch are usually awful.

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Its a lot of trial and error, looking for textures that will appear interesting is not as intuitive as looking for beautiful colors. Especially when you know how to play to the strengths of your film.

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As I’ve discussed before, each color film has a particular area of the color range where it excels. The differences in B&W films have more to do with contrast and grain, and are not as obvious to beginners and even experienced photographers.

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What I like most about Acros is that its blacks are inky but still retain detail. Other “high-contrast” films will completely blow out the highlights and under-expose the shadows, but Acros handles it like a champ, even pushed two stops to 400

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Even at 400 the shadow detail is great, there is a slight bump in contrast but I was expecting much more, I would easily recommend pushing this film up to 800 if the grain is not an issue

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Light is everything with B&W, this streak is probably my favorite shot out of the roll. I sometimes find that my favorites are not the ones that most people like.. have you encountered this in your own work?

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I’m really excited to shoot more B&W in the coming weeks, even though EKTACRHOME IS COMING!!!

We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it

For now, I’ll start with the Ilford series next week, HP5, FP4, Pan F are the first up on the block

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend :)

Ricardo