The mix of color, light, and shape that adorns the shops and streets of Beverly Hills during the winter holidays is truly a sight to behold. The city does not compromise when it comes to its holiday decor. It comes alive with spectacular light installations, life-sized Christmas ornaments, and vibrant holiday displays in all of the boutique shop windows. In short, it was the perfect setting for CineStill 800T.
This is a tungsten-based 35mm film stock, which means it presents a natural blue hue to compensate for yellow tones that are commonly associated with indoor lighting situations. The Yashica T5 sports a razor sharp Carl Zeiss f/3.5 lens, and I have achieved excellent results with it in poorly lit situations, including night time, with a multitude of film stocks. The speed of the CineStill 800T film, coupled with the superior performance of the Yashica T5, made me want to shoot without using the camera’s built-in flash. So, that is just what I did.
I walked through Beverly Hills and snapped pictures of streets, storefronts, and small window displays. I take for granted that these places are recognized the world over, and have been featured in films, television shows, and print advertisements for decades. There were lots of tourists taking pictures with their mobile phones and large DSLR cameras, but I did not feel out of place. Reason being, I think there is something about shooting with film that cannot be easily replicated with digital photography.
I had the rolls of CineStill 800T film processed at a professional photo lab in Orange County, California. It was scanned using a Fuji Frontier FP 3000 film scanner without any color modifications or corrections. The pictures ended up just what I expected. The film turned the nighttime streets and storefronts with their holiday decor into a winter dreamland. The photographs have a unique color rendition and a noticeable film grain, and almost all of them had the red glow around points of light that CineStill 800T is known for.
I have shot a lot of CineStill 800T film this year, and these last two rolls ended up being the perfect holiday gift… for myself.