Film: Kodak Portra 160
Camera: Leica M7
Lens: 50mm 2.0
This is the final roll of the first 4 rolls I sent off to Indie Film Labs to be processed. I was very excited to shoot this roll with my friend, Angela, who lives down in Monterey. Our plan was to take a trip down the coast to Big Sur and shoot some landscape and portraiture. I hadn't shot many portraits with this film yet, so I was curious how the tones would look. Funny enough, Angela was a bit hesitant with me shooting film probably because I mentioned I wasn't sure if they'd come out. She made sure I also took shots on my digital camera as well…ha!
One thing I love when working with film is how the pace slows down. I tend to stand back and take in my subject, whether it was Angela walking around taking photos, or just looking at the landscape. I tend to think more about my composition because the shot isn't just taking up space on my hard drive, it's costing me money and i'm also limited to the number of exposures I can take. When shooting portraits with digital I seem to take images that I almost know that won't work or that I won't edit or use. It seems like such a waste, yet it doesn't cost me anything, but it does clog up my computer. Sometimes I think I do this to keep a constant work flow with the model. Other times I'm just trying to change the way my brain sees an image and try something new, but with film there is no room for this.
I was very happy with how the Kodak Potra handled both the landscape and portrait shots. The grain is so fine and amazing! I did some post processing on the second image because my exposure was a bit off, but the rest are just as shot. Take a look and let me know what you think.
I just sent out 4 more rolls to be processed and scanned. They are a mix of Kodak Portra 160 and 400, plus a couple more rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400.