The shots in this post are from a roll of Kodak Portra 160 very kindly donated by Kodak Alaris at the Beer and Cameras Birmingham photowalk. Colour film is a bit of an enigma to me, to be honest. I always wonder how you can get an accurate representation of colour from a scan and how much the digital part of the hybrid process interferes with what you’d actually get.
With film photography, I want as little input as possible other than shooting. My weapons of choice for scanning and conversion are Vuescan & colourperfect plugin. I tweak a little but try to just choose my film from the dropdown and go with that and a few curves/sharpening adjustments. Any tips are always well received.
This is a roll of firsts for me. It was my first roll of Kodak Portra 160, but it was also my first time shooting aperture priority on my Nikon F3. I’ve been flirting with film photography on and off for about 4 years now. I started off shooting an old Minolta XG-M that I lost, found, and then which died. Eighteen months later I rescued an Olympus OM1n from the Photography show which rekindled a little spark in me for film photography. I shot mainly black and white film through it and started developing at home as a way to keep the costs down. Then, for my 40th birthday I picked up a Nikon F3 and just fell in love…
These shots are a bit of a mix, my boy, who is too young to disagree; an exceptionally rare shot of my eldest, who as you may tell did disagree at the time; and a couple of shots from a friends wedding.
Here’s the technical: Portra 160 shot on a Nikon F3, 50mm f1.2 aperture priority set at +1 exposure compensation.
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