Monday, December 2, 2013

Fuji Reala Review by Stephen Dowling

Spotted on the street in central London; Reala in a Pentax ESII

Fuji Reala 100 was a print film made by Fujifilm, a film similar to its Superia 100 film but aimed at a pro market. It was a perfect film for sunny weather and summer travel, low in grain and with bright but not too saturated colours. Fujifilm, in their wisdom, decided to retire it – in 35mm in 2010, and this year in 120 format.

There’s still a few bricks of Reala to be had off eBay; as it’s a slow-speed film it takes a lot longer for the film to lose its contrast. It’s worth picking some up while you still can.

One of the first times I used Reala was to shoot US singer/songwriter Josh Rouse‘s publicity pics for his 2006 album Subtitulo shooting in a south London studio.

Reala works really well with studio lights, but using the natural light streaming in from a window allowed me to shoot handheld on a big and bulky Kiev 60 medium format camera brought a cooler, clearer look some of the pics.. Reala’s not a portrait film like Kodak’s Portra range, but it does do good job in making sure the reds tones in skin don’t become overpowering. You can see a load of great portraits taken on Reala by other photographers here.

Natural light portrait of Josh Rouse from the Subtitlo session, shot on a Kiev 60

Reala comes into its own in strong sun and with lenses that boost contrast. It’s a perfect film for Lomo cameras, as some of the pics below, taken on the Lomo LC-Wide, might show.

See more Fuji Reala pictures on my Flickr.

Royal Wedding grafitti on the London South Bank

Greenwich Market blur, taken on a Praktica MTL 50

Sleeping lion in London’s Highgate Cemetary, shot on a Lomo LC-Wide

Summer in the City of London, shot on a Lomo LC-Wide

Sleeping in the shade on Croatia’s Mljet island

My old flatmate Dave in a a cafe in Qeen’s Park, north London

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Stephen Dowling is a London-based photojournalist specialising in music, reportage, portraiture and travel. You can find more of his work on his websiteblog or follow him on Facebook, Flickr and Lomography. This original article was published on his blog here.

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