Portra 4 Ya

The famous Kodak Porta 400. Again another first-time use of a professional 35mm film.

There is much that is said about the enviable tones of this $12 roll. I have to say it is quite the treat to shoot on. The people who talk Portra up so much are not lying. Thankfully I have friends that do cool and weird things that make for great pictures.

This roll is great for portraits and capturing accurate skin tones. Its dynamic range makes enables you to shoot for the shadows. Aka overexpose your meter reading by a stop or so that way your shadows retain great detail. The highlights tend to retain a lot of information even when they are slightly overexposed.

Next time I buy Portra it will be in bulk not just one roll. Say bye bye to the $$ and hello to an extremely focused shooting style. The price point definitely forces me to savor my shots and really pay attention to them which I believe is great for developing the photographic eye.

Whats your feelings on Portra? do you love it? or hate how "cool" it is to use?

Ektar 100

My first roll of Kodak's Ektar 100 ASA film. A beautifully toned 35mm film roll with 36 exposures asking for great sunlit shots.

I recently dove into experimenting with professional grade 35mm films. I had seen all of these presets over the years on VSCO cam and figured I should check out the real thing. Also, I had only been shooting consumer 400 film and wasn't too happy with the results. They are decent rolls for point and shoots, but when you're trying to step up your game they just don't cut it. The Ektar 100 produced great dynamic range and a solid sharpness for a 35mm film. Thanks to the ASA 100 there was little to no grain. I do love me some grain though. 

Overall I loved the Ektar 100 roll and will definitely be buying more. Maybe next time I'll test it out with some flash exposures.

What're your feelings on this film stock? Hit me up with any recommendations for films to try out.

Shot on the Pentax k1000.