Last winter… (A Fujichrome Sensia 200 tale!)

Back in February, I loaded my Leica Mini with some Fujichrome Sensia 200.

The film was part of the 35mm subscription from Analogheld but I don’t recall why I loaded it at that time.

I finally finished the roll a couple weeks ago and the pictures could not have been more of a contrast.

The February shots in Colchester were taken in full sun, with snow on the ground. Generally bright and crispy conditions.

This is probably why I loaded the film at that time as those photos came out really crisp and clear.

Fast forward to October/November and I forgot this. I knew the Lecia was loaded and thought “why not take it out one morning, get some sunrise shots and finish the film?”.

I am sure there is a world of analogue photographers screaming at me for choosing these conditions for Fujichrome Sensia 200.

The photos are not bad but they are dark, have a lot of grain and nowhere near as detailed as the February shots.

I do like some of them but I think I should have saved the film for brighter conditions.

It wasn’t until I had the film developed by Kirkless Photographic that the owner mailed me asking where I got the film as it was highly sought after and quite rare. Oops!

I could look at this two ways. I wasted a priceless film and should have been more considered with my use of it. Or, I used the film in the way I wanted and got to experience such a rare film stock (after all film is created to be used right?).

Either way, it’s used, there is one less roll of Fujichrome Sensia 200 in the world. Sorry!

I am constantly surprised by the Leica Mini. It’s a very capable camera and the focus is generally spot on. I cancel the flash every time I shot with it (as it is on by default) but apart from that it’s a true point and shoot gem.

I decided to try an analogue selfie with it and was surprised how well it came out. There’s a good level of depth of field in the shot and the photo is in focus where it matters (honestly I held the camera up as far away from me as I could and hit the shutter without much thought or knowledge as to whether I was even in the middle of the frame).

This experience has had me think about rare or unusual films, why not try them, have fun experimenting. Why do photos have to be exposed properly, clean and crisp? This is the fun part of analogue photography, the extras the film brings to the process.

So I will keep my box of traditional favourite films and use those for trips and travel. The experimental film is exactly for that and that’s why I am going to renew my subscription with Analogheld.

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