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Kodak Portra 400 Pushed To 800

I love London Pride and i’m sad to see that this year it has been cancelled due to COVID-19. This will be the first time since the first pride march in 1972 that there wont be a march. It’s very sad and feels like the right time to post this roll of film which I shot last year at London Pride 2019 and then a few frames after at the London Wetland Centre.

 

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Kodak Kodacolour 200

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Below is a collection of photographs taken in Devon, 2019. To see how I developed the C-41 please check out the Lomography Colour 100 post.

 

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Fuji Velvia 50 Cross Processed

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In 2013 I bought 2 rolls of Fuji Velvia 50. I shot the first roll pretty quickly on a trip to New York City…to my surprise i’ve not uploaded that roll to the blog so at a later date will go back and rescan the negative for you all to see. Fast forward to 2020 and i’m shocked it took me 7 years to shoot the other roll (London Pride 2019)…I remember thinking it’s because Velvia is an E6 process. Which for the colour noobies out there E6 is a film processing technique using a different variation of chemicals and timings. The end results is a positive image instead of a negative image created with C-41.

E6 film is usually very fine grain, pin sharp image quality and vivid colours. However it doesn’t have the exposure latitude of C-41 colour negatives so your shots need to be perfectly exposed each time! For more information on the differences between E6 and C-41 check out this blog post from The Darkroom

As I don’t own E6 chemicals and wasn’t going to invest in any for 1 roll of film I decided to cross process with Tetenal C-41. Cross Processing is where you develop a roll of E6 > C-41 or C-41 with E6. For E6 > C-41 process you will usually get strong contrast and a lot of colour cast. For C-41 > E6 you’d normally see a flatter image with muted colours.

For my process I have a very prominent green colour cast.

Changing settings in Silverfast to compensate for Green Colour Cast.

 

You can see from the images below the highlights are blown out and the contrast is really high in places but overall i’m happy with the results!

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Kodak Portra 400 Pushed to 1600

Last year I visited Chedder Gorge and Woolacombe in Devon. The weather was rainy & overcast….fantastic for diffusing light and creating soft shadows…an opportunity for me to push a roll of Portra to 1600. To follow steps on how to develop colour film check out my other post on Lomography Color Film

I’m very impressed with how this roll of Kodak Portra held up. I was expecting the shadows to be muddier but the contrasts and colours are looking great. The photos in Chedder Gorge on a rainy day work better than on a sunnier day in Woolacombe. On brighter days the contrast looses detail in the shadows.

 

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KODAK ULTRAMAX 400 PUSHED TO 1600

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Here is a collection of photographs from a visit to London Zoo, Devon and Trafalgar Square. To see the development recipe please check out my blog post Lomography 100 Color which uses the same Tetenal C-41 Developer

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Fuji Pro 400H

Last summer we took a break to North Devon – a beautiful part of the UK. Rolling hills, friendly people, places to explore and a rugged coast line – perfect. In this roll of film it shows some shots of when we visited Exmoor National Park and Dartmoor, a Bonsai Tree Centre, and Buckfast Monastery.

Bonsai Centre, North Devon.

 

James standing at Exmoor National Park, North Devon

 

Buckfast Abbey, North Devon

 

Dubblefilm Moonstruck 200

Canon EOS 620. F/8. 1/250. 40mm.

This collection of photographs is from a trip to Devon in the summer. Dubblefilm partially expose kodak stock of film with a blue hue. The film was exceptionally dusty – i’ve didn’t have this with other rolls I developed in the same tank or dried at the same time so I am assuming it’s from where the film is partially exposed and then wound back in to the cassette.

Nothing some cleaning can’t fix and the end results are interesting.

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Portra 400: London Pride 2019

 

 

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Dubblefilm Sunstroke 200

Southend Arcade, UK.

Welcome light leaks.

When I was a child my parents took my sister and I to Majorca for a family holiday. They gave us both a disposable camera to use and when we returned and had the film processed we found my roll had tons of light leaks. My father explained the reasons why this happened and seemed upset – but I loved them!

The Canon EOS 620 I use today has good light seals so I seldom see them anymore. So I bought a roll of Dubblefilm Sunstroke which is partially exposed Kodak film that simulates light leaks.

Dubblefilm comes in a variety of film types including:

Bubblegum 200 – Added tones

Pacific 200 – Added tones

Jelly 200 – Added mix of colour tones

Apollo 200 – Added tone to make highlights pop

Stereo 200 – Full red to blue tint across the negative

Solar 200 – Lightleaks

KONO! and Dubblefilm also paired up to created Moonstruck, Monsoon and Sunstroke film types. You will see on the Dubblefilm website they’re currently teamed up with Revlog.

Southend Arcade, UK.

Southend Arcade, UK.

London Zoo

During the summer my sister convinced my niece in to thinking she was coming to London to watch a rugby game with her. My niece was not impressed – complaining the entire run up to the weekend and wanting to stay at home. What she was unaware of was this ruse was because my partner and I had planned to have her stay over the weekend but wanted to keep it a surprise. My sister was still going to the rugby game with her partner but we surprised my niece at the train station…it took her a few minutes to work out what was going on but she was soooooo happy to NOT be going to rugby! Instead she had a weekend of fun things to do around London. Which included the zoo 🙂

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Lomography Color 100

Horniman Butterfly Museum

Lomography Color 100 was the first colour film I developed at home back in 2018 and i’d say this is fast becoming one of my favourite colour films. (Portra 400 and Fuji 400H Pro currently joint 1st place).

I’ve learnt a lot about developing colour film – this year i’ve invested in some extra kit and was able to process at 38ºc instead of 30ºc. I scan my negatives flat and tend to over expose when shooting as I prefer the shadows and change in contrast when overexposing. I find the image is way easier to adjust during post and has more information in the shadows.

Soho London, morning.

Horniman Museum London & Embankment Walk