It takes me a few months to get through a couple rolls of film, so I just got my scans in this past Thursday from late fall! My family and I spent Thanksgiving in Florida with my husband’s parents. I only brought film cameras along so I could not only practice, but also be in the moment.
My keeper rate was slim out of 72 shots and 5 or so were blank due to a sticking shutter. But, failing is part of the process of making changes for future rolls, so I always take a little something away to work on. And I made a big boo boo on one roll of film in which I thought I was shooting with one stock, but it was actually not the stock I thought. I rated for the other stock, which meant that I have to compensate for my mistake in development by pushing. I know many wonder, “why bother with film?” But, I really find the experimenting fascinating, challenging, and creative. So, I persist!
Portra 400 35mm rated 200
We spent most of our days in Mimi and Puppa’s pool. Heated, of course. The hot tub was also a hit.
Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 stop in development.
Here is where I made a mistake. Can you see the difference in the two stocks of film? I thought I was shooting Portra the whole time, but in a rush I grabbed Ektar 100 and loaded. Ektar is punchy and a great stock for summery colorful images. But, you need to rate your ISO properly. Thinking I was using Portra, I left the ISO at 200 because I like to overexpose it. But, 200 on Ektar 100 is underexposed. I needed to have the lab leave my film in the developer longer to bring back contrast and cover my mistake. The punchy, strong contrast doesn’t bother me, but I typically favor creamier skin tones.
Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 stop in development
I ended up toning down the red around her eyes in Photoshop. Ektar can really make redness pop. I do love the strong colors here, generally. The greens look amazing!
Portra 400 rated 200 and Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 in development
Ektar 100 rated 200 and pushed 1 in development
So my take-aways from this round were to watch my stock and rate accordingly. Two, try to control the harsh light a little better in strong sun, and to maybe use my other film camera more to combat the shutter issue with the Minolta SRT 101. I just love that the Minolta has a prime lens, and my Nikon FM 10 is a zoom.
Until next time…