Some people may remember Hamish’s post back in November 2018, about the Agfa Optima 1035 camera that was so nearly something he liked, but not quite there: The Agfa 1035 and a Confusion of My PreferencesWell, in the comments, I made a throwaway remark about being able to find it a good home if Hamish didn’t want it. Not expecting anything but a winky-face emoji, I was surprised when Hamish offered to send it to me!
Kodak Ektachrome E100
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.
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.