Tuesday, 15 March 2011

the disappointment, part II




I had a new film developed a couple of days ago; a Kodak Portra 400nc shot with the Minolta SRT 101. The three images above are the result of shooting in bright sunlight in our snow covered garden. I don't understand why the images didn't turn out. It reminds me of my first disappointment when shooting with the same camera (and Fuji Superia X-tra 800) on a bright sunny day on a snow covered beach during Christmas. Does anyone know why this happened?

12 comments:

  1. ohh, sorry about your roll. this happened to me when i shot a roll of fuji pro 800z! everything on the roll was underexposed and i shot it in sunlight and made sure the exposure was right. wonder why this happens, it's so sad to pick them up like this.

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  2. Hi Astrid Looks like your film was overexposed. Try a smaller aperture or shorter exposure time. Otherwise automatic is nothing to be ashamed of :-)

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  3. Hello Astrid,

    something similar also happened to me when I was using an expired Fuji film with my Minolta Xd7. Was your film expired? For me it seems the film was not sensitive enough, that why it looks underexposed.

    Is there are button where you set the ISO on your camera? Maybe fiddle with that, although the button's only function might be to remind what kind of film you are using.

    Don't give up on film, keep the faith;)
    Ervin

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  4. I think the light meter exposed the snow as mid grey, freaking out at the brightness. You could get around it by using a hand held light meter in the snow or adjusting the exposure. Otherwise, hi! Hope all is well!

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  5. oh. i have no idea. so sorry. i bought a vintage film camera recently and loadeda film roll yesterday. i am so concerned about all the manual settings and so scared that something like that can happen to me with all the pics on the film!

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  6. is the film (800) too fast? if so then you might not be able to compensate enough with aperture or shutter speed. what were your settings?

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  7. eg synest at bildene var litt magiske likevel. Det er jo noko bakom der, som ein berre kan ane. :)

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  8. The film is so uneven and blotchy that it looks like a film loading/accidental light leak issue or maybe the film was just bad? The fact that you see little corners of the photo then weird blobs of darkness make it seem like it can't just be that the photos were under or overexposed. If that was it, they would be more uniform, don't you think?

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  9. that's a huge bummer. I don't have any tips! :/

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  10. Charlotte got it. The reflective meter in the camera has no idea that the scene you are looking at is mostly white. The camera is trying to make the scene "average" (and so is the scanner). If you get a reading through the camera, set the exposure to somewhere between two and four stops under what it thinks, and bracket.
    ex.: if the camera says that you need f/22 at 1/500 open up to f/16, f/11 or f/8. Gauge the scene by what you consider to be light medium or dark, take notes on your observations and reactions, and take these notes to your scans later to see what worked best.

    This is also good for harsh sun light scenes with deep shadow.
    Also note that this should be normalized across one film emulsion to be of any use.

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  11. i am not a skilled enough photographer to understand but would take the advice in the comment just before mine (and will learn from it reading it). i have heard that portra film is extremely tricky and difficult to work with thougth and is truly only meant for photographing people/portraits and often is disappointing when trying to work with landscapes (was just reading reviews on this exact film 2 days ago).

    sorry this happened. i am finding i'm disappointed in my film work on a daily basis lately. i would love to just get one full good roll of film.

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  12. No idea except what's already been said. But there's a strange beauty to these.

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