I have been knee deep in getting our taxes finished, as I type this my head is pounding and my eyeballs want to pop out of my head. I did, however, get a little boost in my inbox yesterday afternoon when I got an email from my lab letting me know that my latest film scans were ready to download. Yay! Film for me is what keeps this whole photography game fun and exciting. Sometimes it is easy to get stuck, when all I am shooting is client work…which is wonderful, I really do love photographing for my clients! But sometimes I just need to shoot for myself. Film pushes me to be a better photographer. It has a finality to it that digital just doesn’t. It is expensive and you have to know your stuff to create a great image. I push the shutter and instead of plugging my memory card into my computer and immediately being able to edit that image, I have to wait. First, I have to wait until I finish the roll of film. Then it gets shipped all the way to Hollywood to be developed and scanned. And then I get that wonderful little email when I can finally see what was captured. When my scans are good, it is like Christmas morning….so exciting when the stars align and I exposed correctly, composed well and my lab develops superbly. But while it is fun, I still have a long way to go. I would love to incorporate film into my client work eventually – I am just not 100% confident in doing that yet. I love how it captures light…backlighting is a dream. It just wraps around your subject like a big, warm fuzzy blanket.
This time around I gave Kodak Portra 800 a try. I have shot with Portra 400 in the past, but was really wanting to try out the 800 indoors, and I was really happy with the result. The tones are gorgeous and colors are so incredibly vibrant. Definitely going to shoot with it again. I also loaded some Kodak T-Max 400 (black and white) and it did not disappoint. I love black and white film.
Here are a few of my favorite scans.