Sunny day walk with my Daughter & some Kodak Portra 400VC …

I have been working all the way through this pandemic lockdown which is a blessing as I think I would have gone nuts if I had to stay home so on the weekends I make the most of it by going on a long walk here in our lovely Garw Valley.

Most weekends if she isn’t working too I have been joined by my daughter who has been eager to explore the many different walks we have here in our vicinity.

I bought quite a few rolls of Portra 400VC from Mr Cad ages ago so I thought it was about time that I shot some of it so I loaded my trusty Mamiya 645 and went out on a hot Saturday morning to do a 8 mile trek around our valley.

After developing the roll I had some issues namely strange light leaks in different places and of different intensities so I immediately thought the camera was at fault even though I have never had a problem like this on any other rolls.

After posting on Twitter asking if anyone had any idea what it could be most people suggested the camera which would have been the obvious choice so I loaded up a roll of ilford SFX and shot that the following day under the same sunny conditions only to find they were all perfect … no leaks so on this occasion I think the problem was with the film itself.

I bought about 20 rolls and have shot 7 or 8 previously and all were fine except this one.

As most of the leaks occurred on the edges I managed to salvage quite a few frames with a little cropping which was pretty easy as it was a 6 x 4.5 frame.

See this original scan sample here

 

Anyway here are the final images … please click to view larger ….

 

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Shooting my Fuji GW690iii with wide format 35mm film like an Xpan ….

I have always fancied an Xpan but like most film cameras especially so called “top end” cameras they demand bonkers money.

So when I got my hands on my Fuji GW690iii I remembered a post over on Emulsive showing how to shoot 35mm film giving you panoramic images similar to an Xpan.

So recently I performed the modification which is totally reversible and went out to shoot a roll of Fuji Sensia 200 just to see if it worked.

My framing was a bit hit or miss and I decided to scan the frames to show the sprockets  which was a little awkward on my Epson v500 but I managed it eventually.

Here is the link to the original article if you are interested, I didn’t think there was any point just repeating it on my blog as EM writes far better than I 🙂 … TEXPan ……

Well here are the images … Overall I was pretty happy with the results which look great when you first pull them out of the tank as big slides, I managed to get 13 usable frames from a 36 exposure roll but did have bit of a light leak which only showed up when using this mod and is fine when I reverted the camera back to 120 🙂

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Forgotten roll of Lomo CN400 from the summer ….

I have been getting really behind with my blogging … I have loads of rolls that I have shot over the last few months that I have scanned but have only edited one or two frames that I have then posted to social media but not done anything with the rest.

This roll is a case in point … last August there was an event in Bridgend town centre with stalls, street entertainers and live music.

The weather was pretty good and I took my Olympus OM2s which was already loaded with my favorite colour negative film stock Lomography CN400 which I had shot 2 frames already from a trip to Cardiff.

I only shot about half of the roll during the event as I somehow found myself in the pub so I finished the rest the following day which is why there is a strange juxtaposition of images here 🙂

The Lomo film worked great as usual I love the colours it produces especially if you slightly over expose it 1/2 to 1 stop but process as normal.

Here is a selection from the roll

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Enjoying my Pentax Super A with some Lomo CN 800 …

I blogged a while back how I managed to stupidly lose my 1st Pentax Super A after only shooting a few rolls with it.

Since buying another  one I have been shooting it quite a bit and being extremely careful not to take it (or any other camera) out whilst partaking in some alcohol .. this isn’t a problem at the minute due to this worldwide Coronavirus lockdown.

I love the Lomo CN400 colour film stock and would go as far as to say it’s my favourite colour film by a country mile.

When I replenished my Lomo film stash a few weeks ago I also bought a few rolls of CN800 just to compare it to CN400.

I have shot CN800 at night before and blogged it here .. Lomo CN800 at night

I am pleased to say that when it’s shot in good light that it gives excellent results too.

The colours are lovely and very comparable to CN400, the grain is definitely more pronounced but not so much as to be distracting and to be honest you have to zoom in to really notice.

I would be happy to shoot this film any time as it gives you the added bonus of using it when the light is less than good without having to push the film.

Here are a selection of the best frames ….

 

 

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Lomography F2/400 ….. What’s it like then?

I had seen this film advertised for a while but never seemed to be able to get my hands on any as it was always sold out.

Lucky for me a few months back I got a roll sent to me by a fellow twitter photographer along with various other eclectic film stocks.

I was pretty excited to try it out and loaded my Olympus OM1n as I had not shot it for ages and managed to get quite an array of images over a 2 week period … Grey day/Sunny day, Night time and some close ups too.

I had the roll developed and scanned by Filmdev 

The images were really punchy with quite a bit more grain than I was used to with Lomo CN400 which is my current goto colour negative stock.

Even though the grain was present I was really happy with how they looked, the colours were lovely and had an almost X-Pro/vivid look where the reds and greens popped and pretty sharp too.

I think the images in really good light or night time scenes with lights worked the best for me, in fact if I can get hold of some more I would definitely go night shooting.

Here is a selection from the roll ….

 

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Lomography CN800 at night … 1st blog of 2020 …..

My goto colour negative film over the last 18 months has been Lomo CN400 … I love the colours and the grain/sharpness.

I have also tried some CN100 which is almost as nice but not as versatile being a 100 iso film especially here in South Wales during winter.

So I thought it was about time to try out the CN800 as I really like how the images look when researching the colours on the web.

As it happens the day I loaded up my Nikon F100 we had a night out on the town which was perfect to see how it performed in pretty low light.

The roll was developed and scanned by the brilliant FilmDev ….

Here is a selection from the roll … I really love how the colours pop, so much so I have bought a few more packs and also some in 120 format.

 

 

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My 1st roll of Fuji Industrial 100 …..

There are not too many 35mm film stocks that I have not had experience of shooting but Fuji Industrial 100 has escaped me until now.

Normally from what I have read on the web only available in Japan but a few online uk vendors have been stocking it at reasonable prices.

As described by Analogue Wonderland

“Fujifilm Industrial 100 is a gorgeous colour negative film with exceptional sharpness, natural skin tones, and faithful colour reproduction.”

I didn’t shoot any portraits so I cannot vouch for the natural skin tones but the colours were gorgeous and the sharpness is excellent.

The images were shot on my Pentax Program A & 50mm f1.7.

I had the film developed and scanned by Filmdev who as per usual did a wonderful job.

Here is a selection of the images …..

 

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Kodak Vision 3 50D in the sunshine ….

I have quite a few rolls of Kodak Vision 3 50D along with a few other rolls of various motion picture stock in my fridge.

I had been waiting for some good light to try the 50D to see how it performed as I really liked the 250D when it was processed in both C41 & ECN2 chemistry.

I hadn’t shot my Pentax Program A for a while so I went out for a walk to see what I could get in the sun.

As I was pretty impatient I developed the roll in C41 as I don’t have any ECN2 chemistry yet.

The initial scans where pretty flat which isn’t a surprise but once I got them into Lightroom and just tweaked the Dehaze slider the images really popped.

The grain was pretty smooth which is to be expected with a film rated at 50 iso and it was pretty sharp as well.

Overall I really like the look of this film stock, it’s not as versatile as 250D or 500T but if you have good light it is definitely a film I want to shoot more of but next time I will develop in ECN2 chems.

Anyway here is a selection of shots from the roll …. comments welcome 🙂

 

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My 1st roll of the New Kodak Ektachrome … all 36 frames

I have shot most of the available and discontinued slide films over the years and processed them in E6 and cross processed in C41 and it never fails to give you a great feeling holding up some slides to the light.

So obviously when Kodak announced that they were bringing back Ektachrome I couldn’t wait to get some to play with.

Once I bought a few rolls I decided to load the 1st roll into my Nikon F100 as it gives me pretty much spot on exposures when I shoot slide film.

As you can see from the 1st shot on the roll I began shooting on March 30th and I took about 4 months to complete the roll as I wanted to try it on a range of subjects and lighting conditions.

I had the film developed & scanned by AG Photographic as I didn’t want to mess up the developing and get unreliable results.

I have to say the film lived up to my expectations … colours and sharpness were great and even shooting into the sun worked, also portraits came out good too.

So here is the complete roll in the order that I shot them … comments welcomed.

 

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Testing some Kodak 5325 Commercial Internegative film …..

I was kindly given a roll of Kodak 5325 a while back from a fellow Twitter photographer which I had forgotten about until I came across it the other week and after a little bit of research on the interwebs I realised that I could process it myself as it was C41 so I went out on a lovely bright day with my Pentax Program A and gave it a try.

Kodak  internegative is supposed to make color negative copies of slides for reproduction also I was led to believe that it may even be Tungsten balanced and an iso rating of 8-50 ish depending on lighting conditions.

I decided against any filters and shot half the roll at iso 25 and the rest at 50 just to see what came out.

The first thing that I noticed was a very strong “Light Leak” which  I initially believed may have been my camera but after messaging my film donor he said that a few of the rolls that he tried came out similarly to mine so I breathed a sigh of relief that my trusty Pentax was fine ( I shot another roll of Fuji 200 to test the next day)

The images with the light leak were very pleasing I actually like the look and I don’t think they spoil the images.

There was quite a varied colour cast throughout the roll and some frames were a lot cooler than others which I thought was the different iso settings but that was not the case as they were mixed through the roll and I shot the 1st 10 images at 25 followed by 50 iso for the remainder.

I could have colour balanced all the images in Lightroom but decided to just leave them as they were.

If I get any more of this film I would definitely shoot it at 25 iso or less as all the original scans were slightly underexposed which was sorted in Lightroom.

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