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5 Frames with Kodak Ektachrome on the Nikon F3 – by Tiffany Perez

Slide film, the troublesome film child. I say this because slide film is a very sensitive film stock. You need to nail exposure for it to look nice most of the time. If you are new to film photography, slide film is basically a film that comes out positive rather than as a typical negative. As soon as it is developed you can already see the picture. The original LCD screen is how I look at it.

I had never shot any slide film before this roll but I had always been intrigued with the idea. The 3D look that it was supposed to have. The colors that I saw in all the photos online. It made me extremely curious. It has been a bit cloudy/rainy here in Southern California so I have been holding off shooting it. When the weather seemed right I took the leap and loaded my camera with the new and improved (jury is still out on the improved part), Kodak Ektachrome!

The Method

I had heard that this film doesn’t have too much latitude in terms of over and underexposing. So for the purpose of accuracy, I chose to shoot this film through my Nikon F3. I will admit that I am bias towards this camera as it was my dad’s. But it is really my constant workhorse and honestly my favorite camera at the moment. I paired it with my 50mm F1.4 AIS lens. I tend to see pictures in this focal length. It is wide enough to get nice architecture shots while being narrow enough to get those nice portrait shots when I need it.

The Mission

I saved the film for a special event: Lunar New Year. For those unfamiliar, Lunar New Year is a time of year, often celebrated by those of Asian descent. It is a time of new beginnings and good fortune. Each year is celebrated with an animal corresponding with the Zodiac. This year is the year of the pig *oink oink*. There is a temple called the Hsi Lai Temple that decorates the entire place for a month or so for the event. Lots of reds and greens. With a clear blue sky, I knew this would be the best setting to shoot Ektachrome.

Shots Fired

Red Lantern

Symmetrical Gateway

Off-Guard Shot

Blue Skies

Lunar Balance

Conclusion

I love the way that the blues and reds come out in this film. They just look so real. Almost as if it were a 3D picture. This makes sense since slide film was made to be projected using projectors for presentations and the like. I tried to take pictures of the temple itself and some of the decorations of pig statues.

I have to say that I am in love with this film. The colors just pop, the saturation is just right for my taste and not only the scans but the developed film itself is so cool to look at. I want to shoot it as much as I can while the sun is still shining here in California.

I hope you like the pictures and if you have any feedback I would love to hear it. This being my first time shooting slide film, I know that I have a long way to go. Thanks, everyone!

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Tiffany Perez
The Drive-By Film Shooter

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    John Haney
    May 26, 2019 at 10:11 am

    The first write-up on the newer Ektachrome that convinced me I may want to go back to using it again after having done so years ago.

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 6:19 pm

      Thank you so much, John! That is the highest compliment that I have gotten since I started writing these articles! Thank you so much!

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    karellen
    May 26, 2019 at 10:24 am

    The colours are really amazing, and the dynamic range behaved really well even with direct sunlight! In the last few days I scanned for a friend (with dslr+macro) a roll of E100 cross processed in c41, and while the colours where pretty normal (maybe the red was a little lacking, but I was able to correct it with the negative lab plugin), I was really surprised to find a huge dynamic range developed that way! He used a diana mini, a camera that only has 1/60 of shutter speed and two apertures, f/8 and f/16, and the vast majority of pictures was usable, even with low-ish light! Not something really common on that camera, especially with 100 iso film!

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Oh, I bet that was incredible! I love seeing people approach creativity with not only the cameras they use but the way they develop their film. Thanks for sharing and reading!

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    Michael D Carey
    May 26, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Nice article Tiffany! Yeah, chrome films are so much more vibrant than the color negative choices. I’ve used them for many years and haven’t had any notable problems with exposure latitude. Some younger people with little knowledge of film in general and chromes in particular blew that difference all out of proportion. Hence the hesitancy to try it that you mention in your piece. Well, I’m glad that you were able to experience it. Thanks for sharing!

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Hello Michael. I am really glad that I got to try it as well. It is such a lovely stock. I am looking into trying more slide film in the future. Thanks for your comment and for reading the article!

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    Murray Kriner
    May 26, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Enjoyed the review of both the content & images. Can understand your choices of gear with the film stock as well. The subject for capture are undoubtedly most welcome with the New Year much on the minds of the Billions whose culture have preserved its significance to their way of life. You were most right in all your calculations. Well done, and thanks for sharing the content.

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 6:12 pm

      Hello Murray. Thank you so much for your kind words. I have gone to this temple for the past three years but this was the first time I went with a film camera. It felt different somehow. Like I was able to see more. I really wanted to share that experience with everyone. Thanks again for your words and thanks for reading!

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    John
    May 26, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for posting. i was curious if you shot it at box speed?

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm

      Hello John. Yes, I did shoot this at box speed. Thanks for reading the post!

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    Michael McDermott
    May 26, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    When I got my first SLR, in 1972, the first film I shot was Kodak Plus-X. The second film I shot only a few months later was Kodachrome 64 and I knew nothing. For 20 years onward the only color I shot was Kodachrome 25 and 64. Never gave it a second thought regarding exposure latitude. Kodachrome was fantastic as my slides from 1972 make it seem you are their still seeing it in real life today. Continued to use the film up till it could no longer be developed. Never tried Ektachrome, why when you have Kodachrome, but when it was re-released I immediately picked some up to shoot. I say just shoot the film and don’t over think it.

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 26, 2019 at 7:39 pm

      Hello Michael. Thank you for your insight! With all your years shooting film, I bet it just became second nature for you. I am trying to just shoot more. I think that is the important thing. To just keep shooting. We are all already “taking a risk” shooting film in this digital age. But that doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. Thank you so much for reading this post! Cheers!

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    Ivan
    May 27, 2019 at 12:10 am

    Tiffany, very nice work (including those posted on Instagram). One question – where did you develop the film? I have tried developing my trial roll of Ektachrome at the Darkroom but colours came out quite dull. For now I suspect the process/scanning at that lab and thinking of trying different. I have similar setup F3 plus few lenses.
    Cheers, Ivan

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 28, 2019 at 3:41 am

      Hello Ivan! I actually use the Darkroom for most of my scans and developing. This roll, however, I had developed at Samy’s Camera actually. They sent it out and I am not sure where they got it developed. I had a roll of Velvia that I got developed at the Darkroom and I think they turned out fine. My friend recommended the Indie Film Lab as well. I am going to be sending them a few rolls soon to see the difference. Thanks for checking out my photos on both here and Instagram!

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    Umberto
    May 27, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Hi Tiffany, I’ve been shooting with films for many years before I went digital, I’m likely a bit older than others here. Many of us just forgot negative films just after the first slide, and I can still remember my first, it was a Kodachrome, an excellent product somewaht unequalled. But what is really missing today is something that can match the Cibachrome prints. Here is the hint I want to share: look for someone who’s got a print of this kind and you’ll see for yourself what I mean. Cibachrome went away after some time and was very expensive for an amateur, but definitely worth every penny!

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      Tiffany Perez
      May 28, 2019 at 3:38 am

      I will definitely keep an eye out. Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing your knowledge!

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    eric
    May 27, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Great review and great captures.
    It seems new Ektachrome can replace Velvia. Good the American Kodak is taken the challenge to provide great films to more and more films aficionados : thanks American.

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