Of Fuji Reala and Bluebells

Last week I posted the following picture to Twitter, saying that it was the last frame of my last roll of Fuji Reala film, and that the thought of that made me sad. I liked Reala for the way it handled blues and greens. While it was good for portraits I found it worked very well for landscapes and woodland pictures. Reala tended to give things a slightly cold blue-ish tint which made it perfect for scenes like this, where Kodak Portra is a little too warm. I have to look for a Reala replacement now.

I don't profess to have used enough film to develop a real understanding of how one or another of them works, or what might be possible with them, but what I have found is that the limitation of having to use the film that is in the camera, or in your pocket, rather than choosing a setting on the spur of the moment, is actually helpful. It makes you slow down and make decisions consciously, often hours or, if travelling, days before you take a shot. I like the discipline imposed by these limitations.

So I'm sad about Reala. My return to film is quite recent, so I never got to know it well, but I was enjoying having a range of film around, picking out a roll according to my mood, or the weather, or where I might be going. It felt a bit like choosing wine or beer according to the occasion. There are still plenty of different films around, and companies like Lomography are actually making quirky new ones, but I had work for Reala to do, and now it's gone.