Kodak Ektachrome E100G on Kiev 88
As many of us have come to know, Kodak has stopped production of their Ektachrome slide film series. I was reluctant to shoot the roll knowing that I had no way of getting it processed at an E6 lab here, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway. I was shocked to see how the colors didn’t turn out too crazy even after the roll was cross-processed. You definitely still get the yellow and green tinge in the highlights which I see people complain about with this film but it worked out OK in this set as I was shooting a lot of flora to begin with. The E100G is undeniably sharp with very fine grain and is definitely the slide film of choice if you want to shoot and not worry about wild color shifts like what you would get with a cross-processed roll of Velvia film.
You can see in my image of the dead butterfly above my focus was way off and the final image turned out pretty bad. To save it I thought I’d try to convert it into B&W to see if it would make the image look better. In color, your eyes are automatically drawn to the butterfly as it is the object that stands out the most, but then you also see the flaw in the picture. By converting it to B&W I find that your eyes process the image as a whole because it sees it more as a pattern as opposed to a complicated image. Somehow, the focus becomes secondary in the image, as the story becomes the center point now.
So even when you end up with a bad shot, try working with it and converting it to B&W to see if it speaks out to you differently. Of course this will not work with every picture. A bad example of converting to B&W would be this on below!
Sure it looks OK because it is stark black and high in contrast, but can you tell what you’re really looking at? This photo was just too busy to begin with and in between the ripples, the koi, and the reflection off the water, the loss of color does not help. The image definitely looks better in color. So be careful with what you choose to tweak when you feel the need to do something to fix your images and don’t go overboard.
Anyhow, I quite like the E100G and I’m definitely going to grab a few more rolls to chuck into the fridge for another day a few years down the road, when the film is totally extinct!!