I started to realise that I was liking the look of photos shot on Kodak Portra. I wanted to shoot some of it to see what I thought. I bought a pack of 5 rolls of 160VC from Glazer’s just before heading to OSCON.
Here are some of the shots I got:
(granted I didn’t press the shutter release, but I like it)
Is the one that sealed it for me. This was the “ahh… I can use this for all sorts” shot.
All of these were developed and scanned at the Walgreens down the street. I could probably do better scans of some… but this was awfully less work for me.
I am really liking the skin tones from it. The vividness of colours also comes through while retaining excellent skin tones (certainly not always the case). I may even end up shooting some at Burning Man (did buy more rolls yesterday!)
I’ve developed some more film! Here’s some shots from last time I was in Hobart. All shot on Ilford HP5+, which I quite like. I’m still getting used to this developing thing and next time should be much better!
The HP5+ was shot at the box speed of 400 with my Nikon F80 and the wonderful 50mm f1.8 lens. I developed in R09 OneShot (Rodinal) for the standard 6 minutes that the Ilford box tells me to. I used my Epson V350 Photo scanner to scan the negatives with iscan. I am wishing for better scanning software. *seriously* wishing.
These first four are probably going to be recognisable to anybody who knows Salamanca.
For those who love the Lark Distillery or English Bitter, I snapped a shot of (one of) the pint I had:
So I’d count this as fairly successful! Of course, need some animal shots:
… and there was a stop at a Sustainability Expo that had a surprising lack of bountiful vegan food when we got there…
I have to say, pulling that film out and seeing an image is incredibly rewarding.
So, I discovered that my D200 had a built in “multiple exposure” option. While you can do exactly the same thing in GIMP (or Photoshop I guess) a whole lot easier (for one, you get to see what’s gonig on), we had been discussing Holga earlier in the night… so I felt it kind of appropriate to not really see what I was doing.
Leah playing guitar hero, me sitting across the room only slightly distracting her with a camera.
Maybe I will end up getting a Holga one of these days… being restricted can be fun.
A little while ago I bit the bullet and bought a Nikon film body – a F80. May as well have a film body that’s a bit automatic and takes the same lens mount as my digital.
So, I got it and thought “hrrm… I better run a roll of film through it to make sure it works”. Off to the fridge i went to find the cheapest, shittiest roll of film possible… I found “Walgreens” brand film. Manufactured by one of many, bought for cheap, and run through the F80.
Some shots turned out pretty good. I have the full set (most of the roll) up on flickr. A few choice ones are:
Which due to some nice accident of lighting, turned out pretty good. IIRC this was pretty late at night and I was editing photos as Michael came over (bringing much needed beer).
Slides and beer, do you need anything else? I just like this because it’s a snapshot of what I was working on (well, kinda, I was mostly just manipulating digital images).
Leah and I went bushwalking… so had to snap a shot of her. I do like the Nikon 50mm as a portrait lens. The film… well… it was cheap, but not too bad actually.
A shallow depth of field can be a lot of fun. Although not entirely sure how I feel about the bokeh….