Back in 1994 the current government liberated the country and have been in power ever since.
Of course what they never told the voters was that they would somewhat liberate them of their security and power. As can be attested to by Paul P in his recent blog there have sprung up a number of quaint unique South Africanisms. There is the car guard phenomenon or exhaust genies as they are otherwise known. Park your car anywhere and no-one is to be seen. Return to it to depart and poof a genie pops out your exhaust to assist you out of your parking spot - regardless of the fact that you have been driving for 50 years. This they do with unique hand gestures the final of which is an outstretched hand . Then there is load shedding which has become days of our lives. A cute name to describe how the comrades ( yes for those who don't know - the current government is and has been since inception 1/3 communist party based ) have liberated the country of power and often cannot afford to keep the lights on for anything up to 7-8 hours a day at times. In this short time they have managed to turn a power utility that was once the envy of the world, known for its efficiency into a candle factory. Hell in the spirit of peace and reconciliation we even have our own little piece of commie heaven in the form of the local watering hole Cape to Cuba - although in the cold light of load shedding it may look more like a house of ill repute. But we are not here to discuss politics. When the lights go out some businesses have adapted and stay open a lot do not. What this does lead to is a different opportunity for night photography without the cursed ever present tungsten street lamps - well most of them anyway. A low light environment. In the quest to further the SOOC workflow we look at which night film recipes might hold up and pass the test. How will the much vaunted CineStill800T perform. Serrs 500T looked to have promise. Might Kodak Gold V2 without adjusting the white balance temp for night conditions be of use. Could even the new found Fuji Colour Industrial 100 be an all round performer. Just after the most unpopular man in the country gleefully flipped his switches, off we set with camera and tripod to shoot 2 stops under exposed in raw. Raw so we could change the film stock in camera using Fujis clunky X Raw Studio and 2 stops underexposed because well who shoots load shedding shots at normal camera exposure anyway ?
All images SOOC - with no adjustments - not even for a little exposure. Do any of the film simulations float your boat for moody night photography? You be the judge.
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