I took 25 exposures of Superia 400 with me to the Beanstock coffee festival too and focused only on portraits. I mean, you can take pictures of coffee any other time.
The room was crowded and there was a lot of the things going on: weird lighting and a lot of steam.
Most of the time, I was metering for the light unless there was another subject in the shadows.
This was also my test roll of Superia400. I can’t remember if I shot these at box speed or if I pulled one stop but judging by the images, they look box speed.
I call this my test roll because I bought a batch of almost-expired film for cheap and stuck them into my freezer. I’ve truthfully never shot Superia400 before, since Kodak 400 was always more conveniently available to me.
I’m surprised how warm this film pulls skin tones. The skin tones look marginally red.
Skin looks red but greens look fairly blue while blues almost look gray.
There doesn’t seem to be very much tonal contrast either.
These are just observations too and I’m not saying this is right or wrong. For all I know, this might not even be what Superia400 normally looks like.
Film is such a personal thing and at the end of the day, it’s all preference.
I’m not too sure how I feel about this right now. I would actually be interested in taking a tripod out and trying to push this two stops (ISO 1600) and see what happens. I’m hypothesizing that the shadows will be very grainy seeing how there is little contrast at box(?) speed and the highlights will pull very warm. I’d image anything with a pop of blue at +2 might look good.
If you haven’t already, you can see my digital photos from the event too: here. And once again, thank you for reading.