Monthly Archives: August 2013

Kodak Portra 800 Pushed to 1600

This is the final roll of a series of four types of film shot over London Pride 2013, please take a moment to look back at the other type’s previously posted: Kodak BW400CN, AgfaPhoto APX 100 & Kodak Ektar 100

By the time i had loaded the Portra into my camera it was getting well into the evening and as the sun was going down the alcohol content in my body was going up so its no surprise that even though i remember shooting this film there are a couple of shots that i looked at when scanning and thought “I don’t remember shooting that” and felt excited to see them appear on the screen.

I decided to push the Portra at the very last second and i’m glad i did! Albeit only a 1 stop push from the original 800iso i didn’t want to go too crazy as i hadn’t seen Portra pushed before so felt it best to take it 1 stop at a time. I’m glad i did.

I like Portra, i think its a great film to shoot with, it has some great neutral tones to work with and the slightly desaturated results seem to work well in evening light adding to the authenticity of being shot in the evening. The push in my opinion has improved this film considerably.

The results from this push are a high grain that is very appealing to the eye, especially of the young woman outside Wok to Walk with a folk in her mouth. The push has given a similar look to some old 70’s colour film which had a tendency to look more grainy (depending on film type). I had to remove quite a bit of green colour cast from the photos during cleaning – i have mixed opinions as to why this happened. It could be an error in processing where they’re using too much of a colour which will leave more green in the photo or it could be an error in scanning and the CCR (colour correction removal) process.

Also dust and scratches was a little extreme with this roll of film. Typically i have noticed that colour films require a lot more work than black and white, especially Kodak compared to Agfa or Ilford.

Due to the high grain and desaturated images the landscapes that i shot of the wind turbines and power lines aren’t really suited to this film type.

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Kodak BW400CN

This is the third post in a series of four rolls of film shot over London Pride 2013. Please take the time to look back through the previous post’s to fully appreciate the event and various film types used throughout the course of the evening.

The previous posts are Kodak Ektar 100 and AgfaPhoto APX 100

By this point in the evening i was getting quite drunk, i had great friends around me and the streets were alive with thousands of people celebrating Pride. The city had an energy surging through it. It was exciting to scan and see the results of the 400CN as i couldn’t remember some of the shots i had taken (oh dear).

This film delivers excellent deep contrasts and tones with a very desirable fine grain considering the ISO. Skin has come out clear and the highlights are giving a gorgeous glow.

I will shoot the next roll pushed as i am eager to see the results first hand as i feel it will not be able to handle a massive push due to it already being quite a contrasty look, however i could be wrong as processing will play an important factor.

Leading me on to some important news! I have signed up for Kennington Camera Club, which is only a stone’s throw away from me. I can now use the studio for larger shoots and i will also be using their darkroom to develop my own film.