For me, the special thing in film photography is the almost endless possibilities of combinations of camera, lens, film and situation or purpose in which I can use them. There is always something new to try, to work out or even to repair, e.g. when the shutter of the Minolta HI-Matic suddenly jams… Trying out and testing the different films that are available was incredibly fun for me as a beginner.
I shot my first roll of Portra 400 exclusively with my 135mm telephoto and the photos blew me away. It was such a far cry from what a smartphone could offer me.
This hooked me. That was about 2 years ago and ironically only one other roll of Portra 400 has made it into my camera since. I think a main reason for this is that I later fell totally in love with the look of Fujifilm C200, which unfortunately is now no longer sold or manufactured. Instead, the Fujifilm Color 200 is now available, which, if some reports on the internet are to be believed, is nothing more than Kodak Gold?
After a while, of course, I stumbled across CineStill 800t. I found the film render photos in a greenish blue cine look that I really liked and reminded me a bit of The Matrix. At that time the film was still available and not too expensive. So I ordered 3 rolls.
What to do with that Film?
At first, of course, I wanted to go to the local petrol station at night for a long exposure. But then I didn’t want to serve this cliche. I shot the film at boxspeed instead of ISO 500 which is commonly recommended. There was no bright sun so I thought this wouldn’t be a problem.
It was a rather cloudy day, but it was still very bright. Since I knew the characteristics of the film quite well through research, I chose the train station and the university library as suitable locations for the film. The blue shimmering glass surface of the completely glazed library suits this type of Film very well.
The tool of the day was my trustworthy Minolta x-300 with the standard MD 50mm Lens.
I have to admit I edited the photos a bit afterwards and gave the sky a bit of magenta. I also increased contrast a little bit. Is editing film photos a red flag for you? Maybe you want to tell me in the comments…
So here are my 5 Frames of that day.
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