The magic that is Lumiere

Kodak Ektachrome Lumiere on Canon A-1

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Now, this is why I love film. 

It’s mind blowing how the same film type differs so much under various settings, cameras & lighting situations. This set from my 1993 expired Kodak Ektachrome Lumiere clearly illustrated the differences from my previous set shot during the magic hour & using a simple toy camera.

When properly exposed, the Lumiere does the job like how Kodak intended it to be, warm nuances with a lot less blues unlike the regular Ektachromes when cross processed. In fact it does remind me of an xpro-ed Provia. I’m really impressed, considering the age of this film. 

I have 2 more rolls of the Lumiere, both 35mm & 120mm. I’ll probably use my last 120mm roll in another plastic camera, a 1960 vintage original Diana but under bright sunlight. Can’t wait to see how that will fare. 

-delusiana

Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400

Canon EOS Rebel 2000 w/ Pentax Asahi SMC Takumar 50mm f1.4

See how the Superia X-Tra 400 work wonders in all lighting situations!  These images are testament to simply that, see the vibrant colors and the awesome punch, both in daylight and low-light. Not to forget how gorgeous the film is flipped to produce redscale images! All you need in a color negative and more, is what you get with the Superia 400.

Amanda says,

My name is Amanda and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand, and you guys already follow my tumblr - thanks so much! - LUX|noir

I’ve recently sold my Canon DSLR and have just started dipping my toe into the world of film.  These photos are from my first two rolls and I’m really pleased with the strike rate and the incredible tonal range that film offers.  I did have to colour correct in CS4 however, as the scans I received weren’t captured as well as in the prints I also had made.  Next time I’ll definitely instruct the lab to scan at a higher quality, maybe even TIFF format!  

The last four photographs enclosed were taken at dusk or handheld in incredibly dim lighting situations.  The colour as you can see was incredibly saturated and in print even deeper than the scan.  Almost unbelievable isn’t it?  The other two photographs of the sari-clad women were taken at Auckland’s recent Diwali festival at high noon with very harsh light only somewhat softened by lots of clouds.    Both of those photographs were exactly as I had pre-visualised and I knew as soon as I saw the colours and textures that I wanted to capture them with film.

Hope you enjoy these and I’m looking forward to submitting more examples in the near future… I have an Agfa Isolette III that is begging to be used.  Just need to figure out how to load 120 film under the duvet covers first lol.

Thanks Amanda and we look forward to more from you and good luck with the 120 roll!!

Agfa RSX II 100ISO

Canon A-1, FD 50mm f/1.4

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The decision to buy this 2001 expired Agfa RSXII was something that I wouldn’t ever regret. I’m not sure if it’s because of the age but this film truly loves blue when cross processed! You can check my older post of this film here, and I can come to the conclusion that blues will be enhanced when shot in low-key situations.

I have more shots from this particular roll (almost all turned out extremely well and I’m having a really hard time choosing the ones to feature in this post) but maybe I’ll post them some other time.

-delusiana

Kodak Ektachrome Tungsten 160T

Canon A-1, FD 50mm f1.4

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I’ve really enjoyed absolute control in my multiple exposure attempts with the A-1, and it’s 5 different shooting modes which is quite advanced in an SLR at it’s time. I won’t divulge into the specifics yet as I’ve another set to post from a different film, also taken with the A-1 so the review can wait.

So, this is the first time I’m using the discontinued Ektachrome Tungsten 160T and I must say that I’m loving the muted blue-green-yellow hues. I don’t mind the grain, I think they look terrific with that vintage print vibe, especially in the first shot. All shots were taken indoors (yes, even pictures 2-4 since they were taken from inside a moving car on cloudy day. The pictures of Sora the Burmese-Persian  were taken at 12am just before I went to sleep!)

My next plan would be shooting this in broad daylight…wonder how that would work out.

-delusiana

Agfa RSX II 100ISO

Canon A-1, FD 50mm f1.4

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Besides the fact that I bought the A-1 as a replacement for the drowned AE-1, the main reason I chose it was for its multiple exposure function!

I basically went into a snapping frenzy, especially when left alone in a studio/live house with posters plastered on all 4 walls. Taken with the super rare Agfa RSX II 100ISO expired 2001, the results can only be described as surreal & psychedelic at best.

Lucy in the sky with diamonds, can you hear me?

-delusiana

p/s: I’ll be writing a more detailed review on the A-1 and the Agfa RSX II film next, with better pictures under various lighting. All I can say for now is that this film is a gem. If you happen to find one lying around, by all means grab it!

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Solaris 100ISO

Canon AE-1, FD 50mm f/1.4

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Just so you know, these are the last photos taken with our faithful vintage beauty the Canon AE-1 before it drowned. Seriously, nobody thought that there would be a flash flood for in mere minutes, the car and everything inside was almost entirely underwater. 

Now, the car fortunately was salvaged but among the casualties were this poor AE-1, eleanorrigby236’s Zorki 4 and an iTouch. Yeah yeah, don’t start babbling about how you shouldn’t leave valuables in the car etc etc since it was only parked for about 15 minutes while we grab something from the office and then came the fateful storm.

Never underestimate the wrath of mother nature.

On a brighter note, the FD 50mm f/1.4 lens is still ok and a new Canon A-1 body (CLA-ed!) is currently on it’s way as we speak. 

But we won’t ever forget you dear AE-1. (and you too Zorki 4)

R.I.P

-delusiana

Ilford XP2 400ISO

Canon EOS 300, Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6; Canon EF 50mm f/1.8; Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6

               

Christian said:

As I have constantly gone on about (hehe) I have been very lucky recently to have Pit access to the main stage and dance tent at Kendal Calling - a moderately big UK festival, so I have had the chance to shoot some pretty well known bands - in this set the stand out being Echo and The Bunnymen.

I obviously took a lot of digital, but also thought I would try some more film shots and for working in daylight thought I would try some of these C41 process Black and white films. These were taken using Ilford XP2 ISO400.  These films when processed through the standard C41 line and printed to colour paper exhibit this lovely colour cast - sepia-pink in the highlights and olive-green in the shadows.  

Basically (from what I understand) it is because the standard C41 process expects the negs to have a cast to them (the orange background of Colour Neg film) the machines adjust for this as standard. Normally you are ‘supposed’ get the lab to either use a special channel on the machine, or just dial down the saturation to take this out.

So just asking them NOT to colour correct leaves this effect in - I think this looks lovely on these images, giving a really old-school look - the crowd shot with the girls dancing just makes me think ‘Woodstock’! I took these with my modern SLR so I could have the autofocus, but I will definitely be putting some of this into one of my Prakticas to get a more retro look sometime…

These are really lovely! Now I can’t wait to shoot with the Kodak BW400CN or XP2 and get the lab to not the dial the colors out! Yay for vintage film effects!

-delusiana

Solaris 100ISO

Canon AE-1, FD 50mm f1.4

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Again, more beautiful portrait photos by one of our favorite photographers from Northern Borneo, Nurul Khairunie. Remember her beautiful portrait shots? You can also check out her flickr stream here.

I think I’ve mentioned before that Solaris 100iso is a firm favorite of mine for color negatives. It favors reds & orange hues so if you’re looking for some sweet summer tones, this is the film for you. Cheap too.

Of course, one can never dispute the beauty of photos taken with the FD 50mm f1.4 lens. Sure it isn’t tack sharp but the photos have that soft, ethereal look to them with the buttery bokeh and in my opinion, an excellent portrait lens (gets rid of those unsightly pockmarks on your face too, if you’re lazy to photoshop them off, lol.)

-delusiana

Kodak Supra 400

Canon Canonet 28

These pictures were actually taken by J.K but the reason I put them up is because of that odd green light leak in the first pic which really reminded me of those Revolog Lazer films, don’t you think so?? This is the first roll from the Canonet 28 rangefinder and I’m impressed by it’s clarity! Also, we must thank Minaharker80 aka Freewheelinman for supplying us with this never heard before Kodak Supra 400ISO which he bought during his last trip to Indonesia. 

J.K will be posting more from this particular roll, and not just pretty pictures I might add.

-delusiana

Kodak Gold 200

Canon FTb, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8

Street art is among one of the most common subject matters for street photographers these days. We received some photos from an aspiring photographer, Evan, who’s interested in documenting the local street art scene in his hometown through his photographs. For once, we’ll let someone else do the talking ;)

Hello, I’m Evan, a 17 year-old highschool student who is still new in the realm of photography. I’m quite nervous as I don’t know if you’ll post these photos on your blog or not, because I still find myself as an amateur, poser-driven analogue photographer :)) .

Well, these photos are captured in downtown Bandung, Indonesia, and shot on the Kodak Gold 200 color negative film. I prefer shooting street art because in my opinion, the movement in my city is getting better every day. The artists are getting more creative than ever. The photo I like the best is that box-shaped purple walrus. That artwork was created by stereoflow, one of my favourite street artists.

Exit Through the Gift Shop anyone? That first photo up there is pretty cool! Love the motion blur. Keep shooting Evan!!! 

Kodak Gold 100 Expired

             Canon EOS Rebel 2000, Sigma 28mm f/1.8 Prime Lens

          

   

           

            

Another roll from my expired collection, and this roll was 7 years expired! Nothing experimental, and I didn’t use any special settings, but I found out this film is very dependent to the weather and lighting situation. Sad to say, only 5 out of 24 frames survived this shoot.

-minaharker-

Kodak Gold 200 Expired

Canon AE-1, FD 50mm f1.4

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What made me shoot the things I shot? Well, no reason really. I basically photograph these places because I happened to be there at the time and I need to finish up the current roll because I can’t wait to try on the next one! Hahaha, well, that’s what you get when your girlfriend has troves of films just lying around, begging to be used.

Oh, pics were taken in Batu Pahat, Johore. I’m quite satisfied with most of the shots on this roll so expect stuff to crop up by yours truly soon. Prepare to be bored.

-J.K