Looking at the undeveloped roll of Fomopan 400 sitting on my desk, I decided to check my archives and revisit some of my favorite black and white photos from a couple of years ago. I found some Fomopan 100.
“Fomapan 100’s results for general photography leave me wanting. Every time I tried a casual snapshot, the film bit back with way too much contrast, not to mention that it featured a strange milky flatness in the midtones that makes skin look mannequin-esque. (Note: this quirk improves greatly in Fomapan 100’s 120 format – but that’s a review for another day). Unlike other slow black-and-white films like Fuji Acros, Ilford Delta 100, and Kodak T-max 100, Fomapan 100 can’t be used for every situation. In fact, I’d say that it’s one of the most inflexible films on the market. “
I like the inky blackness that comes with the Fomopan. It enhances the late winter chill; it empties the scene of color and warmth. -I’m probably not putting these photos on greeting cards, but I’ll definitely shoot some rolls this winter with my camera pointed at the dormant trees.