One of the reason I love film are the colours it produces and how it handles light - amazingly! This past week with all my film dramas and the quest for "correct" film colour have left me even more confused. My assumption has always been, when you put film in for developing it will come back the way it's meant too. For years, I would just go down to my local shop and accept the film I got back was how it was meant to be. Finding out about professional labs, like FIND in the US, where you can put your preference in for brightness, contrast and tones, I started to wonder more. The scanning technique I now have down pat (can find it here and here) gives seemingly true to colour results in regards to film stock but a big part of the workflow has colour correcting. How do you know what colour your correcting to? Is film as annoying as digital with time demanding editing? Should we care about maintaining the "correct" colour of film? Arghhhh.
I still don't really know where I stand in all of it but for now, I'm settling on making my photos as pretty as they can be, which is what I wanted by sending them off to labs anyway :) Any film photographers, or anyone else out there who have thoughts on this whole madness? I want to hear!
Apart form rambling, I did want to share my roll of Ektar 100 shot on my canon 1000f. I'm a big fan of Jonathan Canlas who has recently been rating Ektar 100 to 400 (or higher). This is called push processing, where you overwrite the settings in your camera (telling it to shot at 400 ISO) rather than the rated 100. It's then processed at 400 which should result in photos with more contrast and colour and which was exactly the results I got and couldn't be more happier with!
You'll spy some shots from our local fair and some shots from Ben's Mum's place :)
You might spy these guys above from this post over here.
So that experiment with rating Ektar at 400 was a success and I currently have some portra 160 rated at 400 in my camera to give a whirl too :) Film is fun, although, I'll admit at times infuriating :P