Film Rekindled: Highlights From My Second Roll

This time around, I shot with a roll of Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400. I made sure to set the ISO on the camera to match the speed of the film — something I forgot to do for the first roll.  There were definitely more keepers  — possibly because it’s relatively easier to shoot with color film.  Either way, I may just order scans next time around. That didn’t cross my mind until I realized how much I was paying for prints. Also, a film I plan to use in the near future — Kodak Portra 400 — was made for scanning. I used a spreadsheet on Google Drive to record the exposure settings displayed beneath each photo.

f/4.5 | 1/2000 sec | 50mm
f/4.5 | 1/2000 sec | 50mm

It was a clear and sunny day at Porsche Club of America’s High Performance Driver’s Education event at NOLA Motorsports Park this fall. The owner nicely stepped aside to allow me to take a photo of his 911. Love the interior.

f/5.6 | 1/10 sec | 80mm
f/5.6 | 1/10 sec | 80mm

I swung by the Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans to check out their always wonderful Christmas decorations. The entire lobby was lined with lights; this made for a good bokeh shot.

f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec | 80mm
f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec | 80mm

A Triumph Bonneville I spotted while strolling downtown. I always forget to take photos in portrait orientation.

f/5.6 | 2 sec | 80mm
f/5.6 | 2 sec | 80mm

From the background to the foreground: 8th-gen Honda Civic, Acura RSX, 1st-gen Toyota Celica, and 2nd-gen BMW 3-series — evidence that taste does change over time. This shot was taken indoors and I used a tripod since it was a 2-second exposure.

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2 thoughts on “Film Rekindled: Highlights From My Second Roll

  1. I absolutely love Fuji Superia, it’s a film that I’ve used extensively over the last few years, mainly because I was skint and it’s damn cheap stuff. I love that you’re moving into film and I want to encourage you, but at the same time, as someone who spent 2010-2012 exclusively shooting Fuji Superia at box speed and having it scanned at Walgreens, I’m used to the way it looks, and I have to tell you that none of those shots look much like Superia to me.

    Considering your especially your outdoor shots look to be pretty sunny, I think that the color should really be popping a lot more than it is, and there should be much greater contrast (unless this is a very expired roll of film). I don’t want you to take this as a criticism of you – I think that whoever is doing your scanning did a poor job of it, and the results are disappointing. Where do you get your scanning done? I would advise caution – before you move on to Portra, which is by far a more expensive film, it might be beneficial to get that previous roll rescanned somewhere else, and you might want to shoot a couple more rolls just to get the feel of it…a decision shouldn’t be made on a film with whatever lab is doing your scanning now.

    Also, there’s no reason to get prints when you get film developed unless you absolutely must have something right away. Unless you’re doing black & white, your prints are digital anyway, so it’s cheaper to just get the cd.

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  2. These photos were developed at the same Walgreens as my first roll. I had planned on shooting with Portra 400 after my current roll. At the same time, I was also considering continuing to shoot with cheaper film both to practice more and to get a feel for the look as opposed to just moving through different ones. I think you’ve convinced me to stick with Superia for a bit. I appreciate the feedback.

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