Equicolor. What Color?

Well, they are if you get to shoot a beautiful model! So this was just a little while ago when I had the fortune of taking a few photographs of Michelle. We had fun, and I never shot inside a mall before. Okay, also a little bit outside.

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The film I used was a well-expired (2007) Foma Equicolor Premium 400, but it doesn’t really show. Unless these warm green-brown tones are the result of it’s old age. And you know what, I like it. It compliments the fall colors and certainly Michelle’s face and clothing. I wonder if I can find some more of this stuff somewhere..

See these (and more) really big on Ello. Thanks, Michelle!

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What Is Film? Part 2

So now you’ve all read up on what film is, don’t you think it’s time to see how it’s made? And no, not one of those (yet informative) corny video’s produced these days on how nuts and bolts are manufactured, but an original, 1958 Kodak film about their process on making a roll of film. It’s glorious. And funny enough, Dutch narrated (?). The whole thing is in two pieces and takes about 18 minutes of your time. It is quite fascinating though. I wonder if this particular factory is still up and running..

Kentmere No More

What I had hoped would be an easy to work with, widely available and cheap, black & white film turned out to be just cheap. I’ve finished shooting a little test roll with this Kentmere 100 film and I am not impressed. Not with my own images and certainly not with the quality of the film. What you see here is the best of the lot, and that lot isn’t good.

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Mind you, the camera didn’t help. A ‘Leica’ AF-C1, really a good-looking Minolta in disguise, is not worth the investment. Slow, horrible focus and super expensive batteries to keep the damn thing running. Meh.

Loads of imperfections on the film, mediocre contrast, mediocre latitude. I knew it was too good to be true when I purchased a few rolls. Ah well, back to the drawing board. There has to be a cheaper alternative to Tri-X, one would think?

 

Badly Made In China

This is something truly horrific. Perhaps it’s me, perhaps it’s the film. It’s not the camera, and probably not the lab, they’re good at what they do. So I’m leaning towards the film. Modern-day produced black and white medium format film, made in China. And it shows. It’s horrid. The backing paper shows, and in a gory, grainy & gruesome way. Which is a pity because behind all that garbage hides a sharp and contrasty film.

Film used: Shanghai GP3 100, ✟ 2014. Camera used: Yashica Mat 124G TLR.

What to do? I’m trashing the rest of this film I have in the fridge. After I dry my eyes. GP3 is not for me.

What Is Expired Film?

Expired film is bad film. Or that’s what I hear a lot. And a great number of times that’s quite a true statement. But not because of the film. The film didn’t do anything. It just is. Mostly it’s due to the films’ keeper. Who doesn’t put it in a fridge. Because fridges (or freezers, I’m not quite sure which one’s best, IF any), slow down the chemical process that started once the film was made. Film degrades over time which usually results in film becoming less sensitive, it’s colors are shifting or in extreme cases it could become brittle. But that’s really old film you found in a shoe box in your grandfather’s attic.

Reality is that expired film doesn’t have to be bad at all, if it’s kept well. That’s hard to know if you just bought 50 rolls via eBay, or from any other vendor actually. So there’s always some guesswork involved. And to me, that’s the fun part of it. I like shooting with expired film, just for the unknown factor. It’s a bit of a waste of money at times, but ah well. The already existing anticipation of ‘how will my images come out this time?’ is doubled by the ‘yeah maybe okay but that film I used was 20 years old!’

There’s a nice article over on I Still Shoot Film, with some handy tips on what to do if you’re thinking of venturing out to finish that stack of highly suspicious rolls your Secret Santa sent you this year.

Gift Your Portrait

THAT season is coming and your granny is still waiting for your portrait. Or was it your aunt who, in not so eloquent terms after asking 16 previous times, now demands that family picture you promised to have made for her? Well no worries, if you’re quick you might just be able to fix that boo-boo you made.

I’m lucky to count two great portrait photographers as my friends. They’re both very skilled and also both super Menschen to be around and interact with. And they’re funny! The one shoots mostly digital and the other prefers film..ah you can’t have it all, can you. I can praise both into high heaven but why not go see or talk for yourself. One’s in Toronto, the other in Montreal. Canada East Side got you covered.

Find Ardean (Toronto, digital) over here and Nicole (Montreal, film) over there. I can’t guarantee they have a spot open in their busy agenda’s, but if you don’t try, granny will be coming after you. And you know that’s guaranteed.

What Is Film?

Haven’t you always wanted to know? Well, Wikipedia comes to the rescue. Because all is true on Wiki, non? This article is actually very informative, if you’d like to learn what actually makes a roll of film.

“Photographic film is a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film base coated on one side with a gelatin emulsion containing microscopically small light-sensitive silver halide crystals”

Yeah, it gets a little technical at times but if you skip to the Film Basics chapter, all will be revealed in a few paragraphs. Happy learning.

In Glorious Ultracolor

I’m posting full rolls of (mostly expired) medium format film I exposed while walking around, somewhere. Just for the hell of it. I like looking down through my Yashica and see the world from a different perspective. And I like trying out expired rolls of film, so it’s a win-win for me. First off is a roll of Agfa Ultracolor 50 that expired in 1999. Not that you could tell.

Film used: Agfa Ultracolor 50, ✟ 1999. Camera used: Yashica Mat 124G TLR.