February 22, 2012 - Eric Ford-Holevinski

My adventures in film continue. After that first roll of ISO 400 color print film, I was frustrated with the results and so I gave color slide film a try. Fuji Astia is a "portrait" film with subdued colors and contrast, but see for yourself: I didn't find it all that "subdued." Color slide film has an appealing look and feel to it; even though digital is more flexible, the pictures simply look different in some indescribable way. The slide film produced very smooth, three-dimensional images with great skin tones. Next came B&W print film. Tri-X is one of the most famous B&W films of all time, and it was a blast to shoot with. At ISO 400 it was quite fast for its time. It's very grainy, but the grain is "friendly" somehow. I loved the look of it. It's a great film for candid and street photos, not so much for landscapes or anything formal. The grainy B&W look is forgiving of contrasty light or boring colors, too, so I was willing to take some pictures I wouldn't normally bother with. The pictures in the bookstore were taken in Borders just before the chain went out of business. Borders was based in my hometown, Ann Arbor, and I went there for years and years. It was depressing to see it like this. It's strange; film has never won me over so much that I wanted to dump digital entirely, yet I love having the option to shoot some things on film to get that different look. Especially B&W film.




This time I made far fewer direct film-to-digital comparisons. I mostly just saved my film for moments when I expected to get a really good shot. But there were a few similar shots.

Here, the difference is striking. Same lens, same light, pretty much the same photo. But a totally different result. I like the digital version more; in the film version, Steve's nose kind of disappears. The film sure has character, though.

So far, I've never been impressed with film for landscape shooting. The supposedly muted Astia is more punchy, but the digital image is closer to what I was going for here.

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