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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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Fuji Natura 1600

This is the first time I have shot colour film rated at 1600 and I am blown away by the fine grain at a high ISO.

Canon EOS 620, F/2.8. Kew Gardens, London.

Canon EOS 620, F/4. Kew Gardens, London.

Canon EOS 620, F/16. Kew Gardens, London.

Develop:

I have yet to receive my thermometer which goes to 38ºc and beyond (for standard develop and rapid develop) so I am doing a slower develop. I have read online there can be colour shift and the yellows/cyans not as strong however (as of yet) I have not experienced any problems.

Warm bath 30º for 5m
Develop 30ºc +-0.5ºc for 8m
Bleach 30ºc +-1.0ºc for 6m
Rinse 30ºc – 40ºc for 6m
Stab 20ºc – 40ºc for 1m
Hang to dry with Patterson neg clips for 2 hours (use squeegee lightly to remove excess water, be careful of tram lines)

During scanning there was a colour cast leaning towards red. This was adjusted in post along with cleaning, curves and saturation.

I have noticed there is more cleaning in Photoshop required on my developed colour film than the black and white. I think this is because of the final process and the water used. In black and white after fixing there is a 10 minute wash, after that I use a wetting agent with deionised water. The wetting agent reduces grime on the negative and deionised water will ensure there aren’t any mineral marks left behind once dried.

On my first C-41 mix of chemicals I followed the instructions word for word and used water from the tap. However next time I will use deionised water for the final stage (STAB) so that there is a low chance of mineral residue on left on the negative once dried.

Canon EOS 620, F/2.8. Colchester.

See the full gallery below.

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Bergger Pancro 400

Full development stats:

  • Rodinol 1+25, 20ºc. 8 minutes. Agitate every 30s for 15s
  • Ilford Stop Bath 1+9 for 1 minute constant agitation
  • Ilford Fixer 1+4 for 10 minutes
  • Wash for 10 minutes
  • Tetanol Wetting agent 1+400 in deionised water for 1m. No agitation.

I took a roll of Bergger Pancro out to Kew Gardens. The results are interesting, I was not expecting so much grain. The research I have done on this film (Flickr, Wiki, Google) showed the images to be fairly fine grain for this speed. The wide shots are fairly standard with no remarkable features but where this film has stood out is on the close ups. The grain and contrast definitely compliment the photograph.

I am unsure why there was so much grain, I followed the develop instructions from the box. I bought this roll from eBay so am suspicious I have bought an out of date roll or a cassette which is not Bergger but labelled as such and the film inside is a crappy coated emulsion?

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