This was my first foray into Kodak Ultramax 400 colour film. The pictures turned out over-grainy and I have been disappointed by the result.
Reviews in general said: "Ultramax is a good all purpose film. It captures detail well and at 400 ISO is a good speed for a variety of conditions. A good versatile film to keep in the bag, particularly when you want that film look".
In other words it is known as a good all-rounder that does well in good light and in duller light. Technically, then, the film should have provided quite good results. It was a bright, sunny day and my settings were good.
Now I'm wondering if the visible grain had something to do with the processing? (which I didn't do).
I do have another roll, so might try it, and then get the film developed at a different lab. I'll post my next results once I have them.
You can see more of my results HERE
The Low Down:
I had an idea to run off a roll of medium format film, placing the Yashica camera on the ground for each shot. I don't know about you, but I seldom look at the world from ground level, so it was certainly different.
The film I used was Arista EDU Ultra 400, which was billed as "having a relatively fine grain with a mild contrast, wide exposure latitude, and very pleasant tones". Developing it was fairly straight forward.
Ilfotec DDX 1 + 4, for 8 minutes. Personally I think the pictures are interesting but not spectacular and the quality might be less than great, but some of that might be due to my management of the camera settings.
Whatever the answer, taking these pictures was remarkably fun. Crouching low on my knees, placing the camera on a rock, or on a path, or on the grass. In several cases I had to place the camera in way that I couldn't see the view-finder, so I had no real idea of how some of the pictures would turn out.
Sitting under the wharf was a good one, with rumbles and shaking overhead, and then the people who arrived in a dinghy looked rather surprised to see me sitting under there.
There's an old saying that comes to mind, "It takes all sorts......", well it seems I'm one of those.
These pictures were all taken around Waitangi, Northland, New Zealand.
Click in each picture to see a larger view..................
Here we go........ 2020.
Another photography year begins.
I notice that many of my fellow photography passionistas (i.e. people overzealously enthusiastic towards something) are setting themselves new goals - e.g. a photo a day, black and white week, challenge a friend, share more, etc.
My idea this year is to use my film camera more. My favourite is the Yashica Mat 124G. It's such a beautiful thing and a real work of art. If you click on it's name, here, you can read all about it.
To begin with, I've written an article and taken some film photos about, Russell, a small and most delightful town very close to where I live. I wrote the article as a participant in a world-wide initiative by Stephen Dowling entitled "Around the World in 80 Cameras". If you click on the word Russell, it will take you to my article. Once the main project has been launched, I'll share that too.
For now, my plan is to do one blog post each week featuring my latest film photos, each set being taken to a different topic. I reckon it will take me a week to take the photos, develop and scan them and then write the article, so once a week it will be.
For now, here are a few film photos I have already taken.
Julie Vause is a baby boomer, living in New Zealand, with a passion for photography.
To me, film photography was the first truly visual storyteller.
Photos not only showed us a reality of what was being shown, that had previously only been described, they also showed us the who and the where - the raison d'etre - the very soul of the story.
Film photography was a breathtaking intro to the visual storytelling world. Film could be black and grainy with negatives giving up a distorted or cracked version of the story being told. It was a story nevertheless and our interest was rising.
I personally find film photography a beautiful challenge. My hero, Vivian Meir, showed us a world of interesting insights - people now long gone - fashions now long gone - styles we have only read about, all long gone. A visual story being told over time.
Me? Like I said it's a beautiful challenge to me, after many years of striving
to take pristine, clear, digital images.
So what's my story?
I believe it's one of discovery and knowledge, and where better to start than with a magnificent film camera.
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