Reading back through my posts about Kodak Ektachrome E100 so far, and indeed the comments on them, I do feel a little like I have somehow led people to believe that I’m not satisfied with the progress I have been making or have somehow found the process of learning this new film overly challenging. Of course there have been hurdles, but actually, as someone who had barely even shot reversal film before I feel like this film has treated me quite well. I’m very happy with a lot of the results and now have what feels like a full grasp as to why I didn’t get what I was expecting out of others.
Hamish’s Experiments with E100
A little while ago now I shot a roll of Ektachrome E100 in a camera that turned out to be broken. The camera itself feels pretty irrelevant to this story, other than the fact that it was a manual focus SLR, it was broken and was quickly sent off for repair after I saw the results. What is more relevant is my reaction to the images verses my wife’s reaction when she happened to spot them on my computer. And then, more significantly, how my response changed to them after she commented so positively about them.
A couple of weeks ago I went down to Bristol to meet Duncan Gammon from SilverPan Film Lab. We’d met briefly at the photography Show in March, but since then I’ve started using his services to develop my film – not least the Ektachrome E100 I’ve been shooting lately – so I thought it might be nice to catch up properly. The plan was, I’d go down and meet him at his house (where he also runs the business). We’d then go for a bit of a walk around Bristol where we would shoot a roll of Ektachrome E100 and have a bit of a chinwag. Following that, the plan was to then go back to his and develop the rolls we’d shot. The twist in this tale is that I took Will, my cameraman from work, to film and record our chats and make it into a bit of a video.
My forth roll of Kodak Ektachrome E100 has been, at least a little bit, about experimenting with an incident meter. Even in the few rolls I’ve shot – and despite the mistakes and issues I’ve varyingly had – I’ve got to the point now that I feel comfortable enough with E100 in most circumstances in the ways I normally shoot. That is to say, it no longer seems entirely alien. As such, I now feel like I can experiment a little with the hope of learning something new, or at least refining what I’m doing to get some even better results.
It’s safe to say that my first post about shooting Kodak Ektachrome E100 gave me a lot to reflect on. Not just the experience itself, but the comments I received in response to me sharing the various mishaps. If you haven’t read that post, you can find it here. The short version is that whilst things didn’t exactly go to plan, all was not lost, and I was pretty chuffed with a few of the photos.