Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

Following on from my previous post Kodak T-MAX 400 I decided to use the Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 whilst at the May Day March as some of the banners etc were fairly colourful, it was also to see how i got along with colour for a change.

Slower ISO than the Portra yet it handled well with the speed that i demanded on the day, interestingly the Portra 800 grain qualities far exceed that of the Superia (in my opinion). The tonal range and colours on the Superia are satisfactory but not fantastic, from this shoot i have realised that the consumer grade film is a good choice for point and shoot photography however didn’t really cut it on the final outcome for quality.

When i shoot with digital i obviously pay attention to colour, especially with the street style work i do or when i cover London Fashion Week however i noticed shooting the Superia that i was specifically looking for colour so as not to waste  frames!

A couple of days after the March i finished the rest of this film off wondering around China Town, Soho and Covent Garden. I used the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 and 24-70 f/2.8L Mk II for this film. It has been great using the zoom lens, especially when photographing wider shots in tighter spaces. I’d be interested to see how this film copes being pushed as the higher contrasts from pushing may give some interesting results in saturation.

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Kodak T-Max 400

On May 1st London’s street’s fill with thousands of people that take part in the May Day March. London has been celebrating May Day since the 1880’s and this year I wanted to come along and take part too….by documenting it at least anyway!

I had finished University submitting my work early so that i could get to Trafalgar Square where the march finishes at 1pm (i figured this would be the busiest spot as they give speeches afterwards).

I was able to finish a roll of Fuji Superia 400 (will publish at a later date) by the time that the march arrived.

I haven’t used Kodak T-Max before but i love the results from this shoot, the negatives (other than the DP3200) are crystal clear when scanning.  The photographs are super sharp along with contrasts and tonal range being pretty good.  I’m a bit let down by the exposure of some of the photographs however thats a technical error on my part when metering as i gave the camera aperture priority (so i controlled aperture, camera controlled shutter) this was essentially a speed thing. I used my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 during this shoot, i would of preferred my 24-70 f/2.8L MkII lens for this type of photography however i didn’t have it on me at the time.

There were times where i was sitting on the max shutter speed. What i should of done is raise the aperture to compensate however i wanted some bokeh.

Currently im favouring the T-Max as my ‘go to’ film, its sharpness and fine grain at a speedy iso with great contrasts has won me over….for now! We’ll see how long this feeling lasts once i have finished the Delta 400.

Eumig C3-M CineCamera & KodaChrome

For quite some time my grandad has been telling me about his old cinefilm camera which he acquired in the 60’s. I say 60’s because he has some footage of my mom on some old 8mm film and she was born in 1964 (sorry mom).

Today i went to see my grandparents and he pulled out this beautiful and in mint condition Eumig C3-M CineCamera.  Absolutely stunning! A small winding gear turns to wind the film on, setting the FPS and releasing the shutter gives a glorious clatter as the gears then wind the film and respectively expose it.  There are 3 lenses to choose from attached to the camera,  the viewfinder is terribly small and the coverage is something to be desired however just listening to it wind on made me go gooey inside!

Eumig

What really made my heart flutter though is when he pulled out some vintage KodaChrome.

KodaChrome

The colours and reproduction of this film is so attractive to me and i would love to have included some KodaChrome in this project.  The moment i fell in love with KodaChrome was once i saw the world famous National Geographic 1984 front cover photograph ‘Afghan Girl‘ by Steve McCurry. Shot with Nikon at F/2.5 the colours are saturated and contrasty. This combination gives an exceptionally strong image.

McCurry was the official photographer to shoot the last roll of KodaChrome, begging Kodak to give him the final roll off the production line.  You can see McCurrys last roll of KodaChrome HERE

To view the Nat Geo documentary on the last film put into production and how McCurry carefully shot each frame visit Nat Geo: The Last Roll of KodaChrome

I was gutted when KodakChrome was discontinued,  until 2010 there had been only 1 lab in the entire world that would process KodaChrome due to the different processing it required.

If my Grandad is okay with using his CineCamera I’m considering using it for my project in the future, ill do some research first on development labs and film around at the moment. Exciting!

Ilford Delta 3200

Following from my previous post Kodak Portra 800 this is the second part of the day shot on the beautiful Ilford Delta 3200.

This was the first time that i have shot on DP3200 and and to be honest with you i’m blown away by the quality of these photographs, the grain, contrast, quality and overall look is just stunning (especially when looking at the original scans).

This is truly a breathtaking film and I love shooting with it, so much that i have another DP3200 ready to be developed. I used my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 as i prefer shooting with a wide aperture to create a gorgeous bokeh surrounding my subject. Typically when shooting people i cycle between f/1.8 and f/2.8 however with the higher speed 3200 it can be difficult to reach this aperture unless in lower light conditions. I could of pulled the film which would have given me room to use a lower f/stop however i think the results of this shoot were fantastic and i didn’t want the grain etc to suffer. I will try pulling/pushing film at a later date. Technically the 3200 is actually 1000 iso that is set to push to 3200.

Thank you to my friends involved in the creation of this film.