30 Days with the Fuji X-Pro3: Day 4

Reflecting on the last few days, I’m not sure three posts on the imperfection of the Fuji X-Pro3 was really the best way to begin this series…it’s certainly not the conventional approach. Then again, this is far from a conventional camera so maybe it does make sense. 😛

Today’s photo/post isn’t about imperfection for a change, but it is kind of about being unconventional. In addition to the subject being downright wacky, I took this shot using Fuji’s new Classic Negative film simulation. Which is…weird. I can’t remember where I read this, but Fuji stated that they released it alongside the X-Pro3 intentionally because a bold camera deserved a bold film simulation to accompany it. I’ve always been a fan of Fuji’s color work and their film simulations, so I was thrilled when I heard about Classic Neg. But after a month of shooting it for most of my color shots, I was really disappointed. The colors just didn’t make sense — the highlights were too blown out and magenta and the shadows were too green/teal. It just didn’t make sense.

A year later, Classic Neg still isn’t my favorite film simulation but I’m giving it another shot with this project. I’ve been on a few photo walks shooting exclusively on Classic Neg, and this is one of my favorites. Aside from loving the composition and the subject, I think Classic Neg’s weirdness fits well and underscores the wildness of the scene.

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