Film is still alive!

April 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
It's easy to forget in this world of digital photography, iPhones and the like, that film still exists and people still use it. One of the photography-groups I belong to set up a film challenge for the month of April. The challenge is to use up a roll of film (preferably in a Minolta camera) and then post the best third of the roll. Therein lies some of the challenge. Not knowing what the picture looks like, means you can't adjust the exposure during the shoot.

It also means you can't do a lot of photo-editing later on a digital image. If you want to use some filter effects, you have to add them as you're shooting with a physical filter. I took a 3-stop ND filter and a circular-polariser with me. Also, a tripod was also essential given the low ISO rating of the film and the lack of stabilisation on my camera body (or lenses).

In this roll, I pulled the film speed down to ISO-64 to eek out a bit more motion blur.


My picks were


#1 The Pumphouse Tower (Takapuna)

1/60 sec, 70mm @f4, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm


#2 Pumphouse Amphitheatre Seating

1/2 sec, 45mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm


#3 Lichen

1 sec, 70mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm


#4 Waipunga Falls

1 sec, 130mm @f16, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Sony 70-200/2.8 G


#5 Waipunga Falls (again)

1 sec, 180mm @f16, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Sony 70-200/2.8 G

#6 Downstream

2 sec, 35mm @f16, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

#7 Eskdale Church- Window

1/6 sec, 70mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

#8 Eskdale Church

1/15 sec, 50mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

Crossing the Napier-Taupo highway involves crossing a mountain range. At this point I was above clouds trapped between two major ridges. the effect with the morning sun was startling.

#9 Above the clouds A

1/200 sec, 70mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

#10 Amongst the clouds

1/250 sec, 45mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

#11 Above the clouds B

1/200 sec, 50mm @f8, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

#12 Lake Karapiro

1/60 sec, 70mm @f4, Dynax 7, ISO-64, Kodak Portra 160VC, Tokina 28-70/2.8mm

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