Ektar results and Mini-Review


So, things have been pretty quiet on my social media front for the last few weeks. It seems that I haven't been getting as many notifications or as many blogposts in as I'd like.  I'm actually okay with that, because I've been out shooting on film.  The thing is, once I take a couple pictures with my DSLR, I'm able to immediately offload them to my computer -> editing->publishing to 500px, facebook etc.  With film, however, I have a lot more time between that first shutter press and the actual end result.

These frames were shot over about two weeks, on Kodak Ektar 100.  I'm very happy with the results from this film although I find that skin tones are a little unnatural.  I'm currently 10 or so frames into a roll of Kodak Portra 400 and if it does a better job of colour rendering for skin, then it may very well become a staple film for me.

I have to say that I really do like the architectural results I was able to get with Ektar,  and the deep blue tones are pretty impressive. 

And of course, textures are brilliantly rendered.  This is a fantastic film for architectural and landscape work.

This photo really demonstrates the latitude of the film: I actually have detail in the sky AND the person standing at the bus stop.  Eat your heart out digital!



Of course, indoors, the film can be overexposed a bit to allow for some motion blur.  This is one of my favourite frames on the roll. 

I know this frame was underexposed when I shot it, and I really like the results.  There's a blue tinge to the frame, which I expected.  This can easily be removed in post processing.

"Excuse me, can I ask why you just took my picture?"  This guy saw me with the camera up, then looked away (which is when I pressed the shutter).  
I don't think he expected me to actually take the shot, but he didn't get overly confrontational.  It was my first experience of someone asking me why I took their picture, and you know what? There was something that stood out to me.  I certainly meant no harm in taking this shot, and I'm really happy it turned out.  I'd better get used to this if I want to continue to shoot on the street!

Ellen Handyside: a young charismatic and beautiful model.  I will be posting more in a later blog post!
I wrapped up the final frames on this roll of film with Ellen Handyside.  I met with her in Dartmouth, where we did a somewhat improvised photoshoot out in the snow.  Since it started to rain, we retired to a cafe where I took a few more photos...on a new roll of film. Expect to see those results once I've finished that roll!

So, a mini review of Ektar then:  I really like the saturation and latitude.  The grain is exceptionally fine and scans very well. It doesn't, however, respond well to over or underexposure without a colour cast, and at ISO100, this can be restricting.   Bottom line is this: If you want to take very vibrant photos of colourful objects, this is a really nice film.  Combined with today's editing tools in the digital realm it is a brilliant piece of acetate to put behind a lens.  Go try some!