FPP – an online store that offers a cornucopia for film. They used to release very random films that they found stored in some places, but those stocks have since dried up. These days they still have some unique films that cannot be found elsewhere – their partner allows FPP to have a healthy supply of Ukrainian black and white film. Occasionally, they still surprise us with even more wacky stuff. This time, it was an X-ray base film. I’m going to assume this was for medical purposes, and they re-spooled them into 120 formats.
Camera settings: Shot film at ISO 100, camera metered all the shots at 1/60s and f/4.
These were shot on the same day as the redscale, where it was very foggy. I like the shots here more, as they portray it to be more moody and closer to what I saw.
Film-wise, FPP X-ray is interesting for sure. Elephant in the room, there is a light leak at the bottom of the film. I checked my camera and my camera was clean. Also, the light leak barely shows up in some indoor shots (did not post). I am going to hypothesize that it has to do with the brightness of the shot, and with how the backing paper was hand-rolled by FPP. I like X-ray, because it has a huge exposure latitude and very high contrast, which is more my style over the default Kodak and Ilford stocks. The grain is also significant, and I love it, which isn’t something we see usually in 120 films. However, at this price, I much shoot some cheaper version of high latitude and contrast film, especially with the huge light leak going on.
Date: Dec 20th, 2023.
Issue 87. Volume 13. Chapter 6. MA203_P67