Ektachrome E100 / The Return Of

Let me start out by saying I’ve never shot slide film before, and I rarely shoot color film. Mainly because I’m way better at thinking in black and white. When I say that, I mean that when I frame something in my camera, the colors aren’t clogging my brain.


Im very particular when it comes to shooting color. Im too focused on the combination of colors in the scene vs the tonality of the film stock. When I shoot black and white, If I like the scene, I take the picture. If I shoot color, and I like the scene, I start thinking about how I don’t like this one color in this certain part of the frame and I start fighting with myself.


I thought I’d give the new Ektachrome a try just because I’d never shot slide film. Photos below, it’s cool, but I’ll stick to black and white and old color film stocks with more temperate colors and less contrast.


D.C. to Boston / Jason Lee book signing / Leica M2

A while back, Courtney and I planned a trip to D.C. I had never been and was excited to get some museum time in. She also told me that she had a surprise which had something to do with the trip. In true fashion, she can't keep and secret and started giving me hints and I eventually guessed what the surprise was. 

On the last day of the trip, she had booked a round trip flight from Baltimore to Boston, and during the middle of the day, had reserved a seat at the Leica Store of Boston for the A Pain View book singing and lecture by my favorite photographer, Jason Lee. World's best girlfriend award.  

I brought with me a few rolls of Tri-x and Fuji Neopan Acros 100, but primarily brought Fuji Superia XTRA 400 because B&H had Superia on sale for $2.79 a roll. This was an attempt to practice shooting, developing, scanning, and editing color negative film which I have always steered away from.  

Later on evening, we drove to Baltimore and stayed in a hotel by the airport. The next AM, we left from BMI and flew to Boston. 

Thanks for giving the post a look. A Carolina's trip will be up soon.

"American Resurrection" / Beatersville / New Ongoing Project

If there is anything I can name which inspired me to take photos, it would be custom cars. Specifically, events like Beatersville, Street Rod Nationals, and the original Dillehay Hot Rod Hullabaloo. 

Recently, Court and I revisited the pre-68' traditional rod and custom show, Beatersville, packing a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II, and some expired Kodak Vericolor II color negative film. To account for the age of the film, I overexposed by two stops for an ISO rating of 25.

Cars and events like this have led me to begin a new project which will be ongoing with the end goal of a physical publication of some kind. I will be adding to the America Resurrection gallery as time goes on and will be updating the status of the project on Instagram frequently. To learn more about the project, visit the American Resurrection page. 

Here are some shots from the show. 

Battle of the Bluegrass / Leica M2 / Superia 400

A lot of great cars came out. Some we're sick, others left me wondering why you would ever do that. To each his own though. Shot these on a Leica M2 and a Nokton 35mm F/1.4 classic. Superia Extra 400. Scanning and editing color negative film; still not my favorite thing to do.

Dev Note / Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 / HP5+ 400

This is a camera my grandma gave me when I was first getting into film. It worked then and I shot a few rolls through it but never had them developed. They sat in my camera bag for a while until my car was broken into one night and my bag was stolen along with a Canon AE-1 and other rolls of film.

Since then, the camera hasn't worked and I thought it was just dead. Recently, I put fresh batteries in it and every now and then it would work. So I cleaned the contacts in the battery compartment, and pulled the tabs closer together to keep a tighter fit. The bottom corner plastic where the battery door is located is cracked, so the batteries aren't always making good contact.

Sometimes it works fine, and when the shutter won't fire, you have to press the battery door to make better contact while also firing the shutter.


FILM STOCK:

Ilford HP5+ 400 (35 mm)

Shot on Minolta Hi-Matic AF2

PREWASH:

Tap water at 68 degrees for about a minute.

DEVELOPER:

Kodak HC-110 (1:31) with a total time of 5:00 @ 68 degrees. 10 second agitation at beginning and 10 second agitation at start of every following minute.

STOP BATH:

High quality H20 @ 68 degrees for a 0:15 agitation, total time of 1:00

FIXER:

Kodak Pro for 7:00 with 15 second agitations every other 15 seconds. 

RINSE:

0:30 H20 agitation then dump.

H20 BATH:

3:00 H20 overflow.

WETTING AGENT:

1:00 agitation with Kodak Photo-flo.


RESULTS:

2018 Film Resolutions

I started shooting film in 2010 on a Minolta Hi-Matic AF2 that my grandma gave me. I put one or two rolls through them over the span of a few months and lost them. Film wasn't a large part of what I was doing photographically and at the time I just didn't want to spend money on film.

Fast forward to 2014. I wanted to get back into film and after a few days I want an eBay lot for 2 Canon AE-1s, one being an AE-1 Program. Snagged a 50mm lens with the money from selling the AE-1 Program and bought a few rolls of Superia and Kodak BW400CN. It took me forever to get through a few rolls and then after receiving the scans back from Walgreens, I was totally discouraged.

2015 came and I tried again, this time with medium format and home development. I bought a Mamiya RZ67 Pro and the Sekor 180mm lens and started really getting into shooting film. Since then I've shot on and off until the start of this website some months ago. 

2018 is a few days away and film is on the agenda

Things that WILL happen this year. ( Or so I tell myself)

  • Shoot more expired black and white film. 
  • Get away from Ilford's line of black and white films.
  • Shoot more color film at night.
  • Shoot more Polaroid and Fuji Fp-100C
  • Accept commissioned work.
  • Dial in a home development kit. (Instead of working out of a cardboard box)
  • Learn more about the science of development.
  • Introduction to large format. 
  • Produce a book.

I've been super inspired lately and I really want to shoot film as much as I can. I want to have a nice archive at the end of the year full of negatives that I'm proud of.

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I have a new post coming soon for a roll I'm sorta stoked over as well as a trip to Nashville that I want to shoot. Till then...