Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kodak Portra 160VC for Landscapes

A while ago I experimented with a Kodak film called "Portra 160NC" and I loved it for landscape shots. As I understand it, the NC stands for "neutral color." It is also fantastic for portrait shots in natural light. I liked it so much I decided to try Kodak's Portra 160VC - the VC stands for "vivid color." Well, I discovered that I am not a talented enough photographer to make that film do what it's supposed to do. My portrait shots looked thought I'd try it outdoors to see what it would do. I thought it might turn out like a slightly less vivid version of Fuji's Velvia 50 which I love, even if I struggle with it a bit. Portra 160VC is very, very different outdoors - muted to the point that I wonder where the "vivid" went. Here are some examples. As I was standing on the beach looking at the sky, the colors were beautiful, subtle pinks, and lavenders in the sky. In these shots, all the color is gone. I'm either doing something wrong (likely) or the result I'm after isn't possible with this film.

Falling Water on Film

Black and White

Friday, September 03, 2010


I've been playing around with filters, and film, and low light here at the beach. This one, however, I took on the digital at ISO 100, f1.4, without a tripod. When I took this, the film camera was sitting on the tripod right net to the digital. My thought was that it should give a reasonable idea of what the film will look like. Hopefully, without the blur.

There was a cool transition from blue to orange in the sky when I started shooting this. I hope that turns out on the film I shot.