Having enjoyed using their sister film “Moonstruck” we thought we’d give another of the Dubble films a go – and this time it’s their absolutely delightful ‘Sunstroke’.
Big thanks to the team at Analogue Wonderland for their usual fantastic service when we purchased the film.
About the Film…
Like their other films in the same range, Sunstroke is an ISO rated 200 film (You can read about what that means here if you want to know more).
As with all ISO 200 film, you ideally want to be shooting in good light. Thankfully on one of our test days we had lovely blue sky, but it was winter, so the light might be warmer if you try using it in the summer.
We put our roll in a Pentax MG, an awesome little priority only camera that is super easy to use. We coupled it with a 135mm 2.8 lens.
You know those sweet little sunspots you spend ages artificially putting into your photos to give them a vintage look? Well, this film does that for you:
It’s quite a subtle look in this particular photo – it seems to work particularly well shooting towards light or big skies, as you’d expect. In this photo you can see the subtle pink it’s given to the cloud in the top right corner.
We also love the way it gives the colours a ‘candy’ like quality, and these show up well in this image we think.
The beauty of getting this look naturally from film is that not only does it look more organic, but it’s a bit more random too. You don’t know exactly what you’re going to get until you fire the shutter and get your roll developed.These two images, which were next to each other on the roll, show the random nature of the sunspots.
They’re also a good example of when the film doesn’t produce its best results – clearly these images don’t look as good as the first one. The film definitely does its best work when you’ve got a lot of ‘negative space’ in your image, to give those sunspots the room they need. It also works better with plenty of light too, so the effects look more natural.
That being said, it can produce some good portraits too if you get a part of the film where the effect is less dramatic:
Again though, notice the light background here, which definitely helps.
We’d definitely recommend giving this film a try. Part of the fun of shooting film is experimenting with the different character you get from different films and they won’t come more full of character than this!
We’re going to give this film another try in the summer, and make sure we shoot towards the light with it plenty. Sure, it’s not a roll of film you are going to get consistent results with, but if that’s really why you want to take photographs you can go and invest £700-£1000 on a digital SLR camera!
It’s definitely not a film you are going to perfect shots with first time, but we reckon the rewards are there with a bit of trial and error.