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.
The lights inside Fischer Gambino in the French Quarter provided a good opportunity for bokeh.
I didn’t realize at the time, but it looks like the tap dancer of the Stampede band caught me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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