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
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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.
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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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