I’ve always wanted to try CineStill 800T since it came out a few years ago. I’ve been delighted by all the pictures I’ve seen online; the saturated colors, the lack of anti-halation adding that unique glow to bright sources and the overall effect this incredible film can ensure in low light situations with artificial lights. But it wasn’t (and still isn’t) cheap for the penniless student I was back then, neither easy to find in Italy where I live.
I ended up asking a friend of mine to buy me a single 35mm roll of it in Berlin and I kept it like a hidden treasure for a couple of years, I just didn’t want to waste it on something not worthy of its capability. I know it will look stupid but I waited so long that it expired. I was very busy back then finishing my exams and writing my diploma thesis, for a couple of months I didn’t either have time to touch my camera, but in the end, I finally graduated.
I loaded it in my Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 with my Yashica ML 50mm f/1.7 lens, a combo I love for traveling: a light, reliable and fully mechanical camera coupled with a small yet incredibly sharp lens. We travelled all around Thailand but all these pictures were taken in Bangkok while wandering about: an old woman selling duck soup in Samphanthawong, China Town main street, two women eating oyster omelette at Nai Mong Hoy Tod, a golden Buddha in Wat Saket and a local girl on the public ferry on Chao Phraya river.
The film roll, stored in my cool cellar, was expired about a year and a half (some frames came out fogged). I had to shoot it soon. My graduation trip to Thailand was the PERFECT opportunity to test this amazing emulsion!
I really enjoyed shooting this film by night and I’m really happy about the results, CineStill 800T allowed me to yield that impression I was looking for, perfectly rendering the atmosphere of Bangkok. I fell in love with the city, and you?
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