Medium Format Results Part 1: Kodak Portra 160

To start, I know that these are probably the worst scans of medium format film that anyone has ever created.    I will be getting a scanner fairly soon, however and I plan to re-scan and properly show the quality that a Mamiya C33 TLR can produce (click the link to see some info and photos of the camera).

In any event, these photos were taken over several months, using Kodak Portra 160 and a variety of models and lighting situations.  I've left the edges on the film to show where the frame starts and stops, and also to illustrate that it's not easy to hold this thing straight!  One of the biggest problems with the TLR is that the image you see in the ground glass viewfinder is reversed.  When your horizon line gets tilted, you compensate and wind up tilting it even further.  The camera really makes you work for the shot!


Chloe, on the Halifax Waterfront.  Shot taken at The Big Shoot back in April.

Tasha Macdonald, down on the Halifax Waterfront. Shot taken at The Big Shoot back in April.



Chantal Giroux, posing on the Halifax Waterfront. Shot taken at The Big Shoot back in April.

Marsalie MacKenzie, taken at Lawrencetown Beach.  The shot is part of this series.

Marsalie MacKenzie, taken at Lawrencetown Beach.  The shot is part of this series.

Meghan Hale, shot at Historic Properties in Halifax.  The shot is part of this series.

Ellen Handyside, shot at the pedway overlooking Barrington Street, in Halifax.  

Now, some of these look quite blue.  The fact is that the film base is very orange and when you invert the colours, you get a lot of blue.  Quite a lot.  I did my best under the circumstances to correct for it, but I think that I could push it a little bit further.  As a contact sheet, however, these scans work great.  I know now which of the frames I'll want to scan in at a much higher resolution later on.  

This also gives me something to compare the Nik Color Efex Pro software to, since I'm using real film.  How does the Modern Film Efex effect compare to the real deal?  I will be reviewing this feature very soon!

Later this week I will be publishing a post showing the results of my Ilford XP2 Super roll that came out of the same camera.  I'm very excited for these!  

Cheers!