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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.

Kodak Portra 800

On the 17th April my friends from University and I decided to have a ‘meeting’ at the local pub after viewing the Cafe Gallery in Southwark which is where our exhibition is being held in May (10th, 11th if you’re interested).

It was a perfect sunny day to sit on the balcony overlooking The Thames and London with a few pints.

I love the Portra 800, i think its a fantastic film with excellent grain quality and tonal range, the colours are always beautiful and strong.  I used my Canon EOS 620 SLR with Sigma 50mm f/1.4.

I’ve included a photo of me in this blog for your pleasure which was shot at uni by my friend Amy.

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