Film Rekindled: Highlights From My Third Roll

This time around, I aimed to shoot solely in natural light, and, as I said in my last post, I wanted to purchase only the scans. Prints are expensive and a waste of money if there are a lot of bad shots.

Since I wasn’t able to do this at Walgreens, I decided to try out a film lab and chose Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging. Specialist film labs are quite rare these days, so I’m glad there’s one in the city. I haven’t done an extensive search for others.

With that said, a majority of the photos came out better. I’d say the photos are sharper and the colors more vibrant. I could attribute this to my taking better photos, using a different film, or developing at Moldaner’s.

For now, I’m willing to bet that Moldaner did a better job developing the film and/or used a better scanner. We’ll have to wait and see how the developments for the Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 come out.

Here are several shots from my third roll — Kodak Ultramax 400.

Inside Starbucks during the golden hour. | f/4 | 1/60 sec | 35mm
 f/5.6 | 1/350 sec | 80mm

The lights inside Fischer Gambino in the French Quarter provided a good opportunity for bokeh.

 f/5.6 | 1/500 sec | 80mm

I didn’t realize at the time, but it looks like the tap dancer of the Stampede band caught me.

f/22 | 1/20 sec | 35mm

I’ve done a lot of panning since my first attempts with the Canon S100  and Nikon D5000, but I still get blurry shots from time to time; there’s a lot more pressure when shooting with film. This is the result of a seldom moment in shutter priority mode.

Kelsey. | f/5.6 | 1/300 sec | 80mm
f/5.6 | 1/750 sec | 80mm

The shift boot of a Lotus Espirit Turbo shot through the sunroof. I took a similar shot with the Nikon D5000 exposing for the interior and the roof was much more blown out than it is here.

f/5.6 | 1/1000 sec | 80mm

Considering how bright it was on this day, the dynamic range of film really shines here as well; the car isn’t blown out and the tire’s tread is visible.

f/4.5 | 1/2000 sec | 50mm

Another good example of film’s performance when there’s high dynamic range — there’s color in the sky and shadow detail in the palm trees.

As you can see, I’ve mentioned a few times the awesome ability of film to capture high dynamic range. This is definitely another pro for shooting with film. I don’t have a choice when it comes to post-processing since what I shoot is what I get, but it’s good to see that post-processing is unnecessary. Getting the picture right in-camera has never been more important for me.

View more from Film Rekindled here.

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

  1. Wow, these scans are 20 times better than what Walgreens did with your other rolls. I think going to a dedicated film lab really paid off for you! Good luck with your film endeavors.

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