3 days in Havana - Part II

Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera w/ 50mm f.4  lens & Kodak Ektachrome 100VS
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Just a recap, presenting the rest of Peter’s wonderful pano-collage series!

"3 days in Havana" is my documentation of everyday life in Havana, Cuba from this summer.  I just walked around and saw things and shot, and met people and shot some more.  I shoot medium format 6x6 and I like the square images, but I wanted to portray street scenes as they are, with distinct little pieces of life, so came upon the idea of putting them together in panoramas, like what some phone apps do.  But instead of digitally smoothed stitching, I just overlapped the squares.  They don’t align perfectly but I like that.

Peter Brian Schafer  

For Part I of this inspiring series go here.

As always if you want to share some of your creative juices with us here at CGSF, write to us!!

3 days in Havana

Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera w/ 50mm f.4  lens & Kodak Ektachrome 100VS
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"3 days in Havana" is my documentation of everyday life in Havana, Cuba from this summer.  I just walked around and saw things and shot, and met people and shot some more.  I shoot medium format 6x6 and I like the square images, but I wanted to portray street scenes as they are, with distinct little pieces of life, so came upon the idea of putting them together in panoramas, like what some phone apps do.  But instead of digitally smoothed stitching, I just overlapped the squares.  They don’t align perfectly but I like that.

I’m an American, so I’m not really supposed to go to Cuba because of the American embargo – that relic of the Cold War.  Cuba is unlike any place I’ve ever been, a very different kind of society, both by design and, I think, a result of the embargo.  I felt that I landed in a different time, a mix of the past and some vision of the future, an alternate parallel world.  Add to that the isolation from no internet, no phone service, and no way to get more money (because American bank cards and credit cards don’t work there), and I got a taste of the isolation Cubans live with each day, ending up at the end of my brief stay broke and hungry like many of the people I met.

I look forward to returning, visiting other parts of the country, and to celebrating the end of the embargo.

Peter Brian Schafer  

CGSF: If you can’t get enough of these amazing shots and presentation, fret not, as we have more to share with you in a second installment of this series. Do visit Peter’s website for more awe-inspiring pano-collages.

As always if you want to share some of your creative juices with us here at CGSF, write to us!!

Roll over mountain lion, Panther is back (sort of)!

Kodak Ektachrome Panther 100 PRP on Smena 8M

These are shot on a roll of Kodak Ektachrome Panther 100 PRP in my Smena 8M. I understand the Panther range was made in the mid 90s as a rival to Fuji’s Velvia. I am not sure how old this roll is, or how it has been stored, but the colours have come out very natural and quite amazing…

These were a happy accident. I chucked the roll in with my normal processing bag to have the lab cross process it, but it seems the pulled it out and thought I had made a mistake and processed it E6. There is no digital post processing on these, other than the normal setting the black and white points and contrast in Epson Scan. These colours and blacks are how they look held up to the light!

-Christian

(Just look at the blues in the sky!! Gorgeous. I myself just got a roll of Provia developed in E6 back and I am loving the tone and the saturated yet natural color range on that slide film. Good bye Xpro!! And thanks to Christian for sharing his test roll on the Panther. For those who are curious, this is what the film looks like cross-processed.  —-eleanorrigby236)

Colors

Kodak Ektachrome 64T (expired 1996) on Olympus OM-10, Zuiko 50mm f1.8


Check out these beautiful photos by Pia H.. I’ve always coveted the Ektachrome 64T but never managed to find them online, the only tungsten balanced Ektachromes I’ve ever used was the Ektachrome 160T (which were also beautiful & unique in their own way.)

Here’s what Pia has to say:

I found an old Kodak Ektachrome 64T in a thrift shop in Graz, Austria. It was expired in ‘96 and the price was 2€, which was awesome, because the normal price is about 8-9€ on eBay! I used an Olympus OM-10 with a Zuiko 50mm 1.8 lens.  The pictures were taken in Graz and Berlin, Germany.

Both eleanorrigby236 & myself love her photos, especially the subdued tones that brings out the retro in them!

I find that shooting expired films is exciting, of course there’s the risk of having a completely blank roll staring back at you but if you’re lucky (and patient), you’ll get a wondrous, one of a kind palette that no other modern film can match. Just check out this post by eleanorrigby236 and you’ll get my point ;)

Anyway, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos with us Pia! You can check out her photography at http://fraukatze.tumblr.com/ or visit her Flickr stream at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fraukatze

-delusiana

At the Butterfly Park with the Kodak E100G

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!!

-eleanorrigby236

My Pre-2012 Backpacking Trip

Kodak Ektachrome 160T on Vivitar UWS


               

On the 29th of December I went on a short backpacking trip with J.K to Penang, an island along the north-western coast of Peninsula Malaysia and the country’s only “island state”. We took a train from Kuala Lumpur to reach Penang (it took us almost 8 hours to reach there, almost double the driving time!) just for the fun of it. 

Georgetown, the capital of Penang was recently awarded as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site; and since Penang is also regarded as a destination of Malaysian gastronomic delights we decided to head there for a short getaway. Food & photo walk- a lethal combination!

The shots above were all taken during our train ride, except photo no. 4, which was a photo of the KTM Headquarters Building in Kuala Lumpur (KTM being the sole operator of railways & trains in Malaysia so I thought the picture was relevant, heheh).

I’ll be posting more photos from our photo op in Georgetown as soon as I get them organized, a lot of architectural shots which I think you guys would enjoy.

p/s: It’s true, Vivitar UWS captures sun flares beautifully!

-delusiana


Surf all day…

Kodak Ektachrome 200 on Blackbird Fly

Another submission from the lovely Lady May Rodrigo of Philippines, this time featuring surfer dudes in Zambales! Yup, while our continental readers are swathed in winter gear, we South East Asians are either getting all wet or extremely dried up in this unpredictable monsoon season. But now’s the time when the waves are huge and surfing season is at its peak!

Cross processed Ektachrome 200s is quite similar to xpro-ed Elitechrome Extra Color no? Or even those new Agfaphoto CT Precisas: favoring yellow-green-turquoise tones. 

When out of focus photos look magical…

Kodak Ektachrome 100VS on Holgamods Holga 120N

I really like my Holgamods Deluxe which was modified to give that extra vignetting. However, I kept forgetting to change the zone focus to infinity resulting in that out of focus blur. Luckily the crazy colors of the cross processed Ektachrome saved this set from being a total waste of a good roll of film. These photos were taken close to the magic hour, giving that nice, fuzzy warm ambience.

-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

Kodak Ektachrome E200

Vivitar UWS

First of all, our thanks got out to Lady May for sharing these photographs with us. We’ve never had the chance to test this film out before and we always love to see what we’re missing out on. ;)

In February of this year Kodak announced the demise of the E200 due to low demand for this particular recipe in the film market. (WHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYY????!!!!!???) Kodak’s official site recommends the E100G, known for producing grainless images, as a replacement and I can see why. Both the E200 and E100G create vibrant pictures, amplifying colors when cross-processed in C41, and produce beautiful images boosting natural tones when processed in E6 like the examples shown here.

I see also a lot of references to the E200 in astrophotography which has piqued my interest quite a bit. If you already own a telescope to peer out into space, then you should by all means attempt to shoot the Milky Way with this film!! Here, check out this website with the “How To”s of Astrophotography. They have some staggering photographs of star clusters and galaxies shot on film that will blow your mind! How much more intriguing can film photography be?

-eleanorrigby236

Kodak Ektachrome 100VS (Expired)

Agfa Isoly

               

               

               

               

               

So when delusiana loaned me her Agfa Isoly loaded with the Kodak Ektachrome E100VS I was ecstatic, and shot it mercilessly during our photowalk to the Pudu Prison and also several other places like Port Dickson and Kuala Terengganu during the Eid Mubarak holidays. I had expected the Isoly to turned out something like the Holga and imagine my surprise when I went to pick up my roll from the photoshop. This was my first time using the E100VS and I was totally blown!! The rich saturation and colors, ah, the photos couldn’t have been better than I had hoped!

However, I was disappointed when a few shots came out overlapping/ multiply exposed which I hadn’t intended at all. So I showed the scans to delusiana and she came up with the idea of merging the separate shots with photoshop to create a panorama (kind of like stitching them together) and voila! It worked!! 

So the moral here is, expect the unexpected with film photography. Maybe this was what the Isoly wanted to show me when it refused to wind to the next frame properly. Heheh.

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Kodak Ektachrome 100VS (Expired)

Gevaert Gevabox, Flipped Lens

               

               

               

So this is my 3rd roll using my modified Gevabox with the flipped lens. Obviously the flipped effect isn’t so pronounced as you can see, my bad since I chose to take the shots in a completely dark restaurant (2nd pic) and in extreme sunlight with the sun directly in my face!

The first & last photos were of the main gate to the century old Pudu Prison. These were taken before we decided to break into the prison grounds!

I’m quite disappointed with my results this time around, what I wouldn’t give to capture some clouds. That would’ve been perfect, *sigh*.

-delusiana

Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS

LOMO LC-A

As promised, more shots from the Ektachrome roll, I hope you won’t be too bored. But I kinda like the effects; as you can compare with the previous series, this film gives a totally different feel in terms of hues & tones with vivid blues & greens in presence of sufficient light and goes all soft and yellowish if taken during the magic hour or at sunset/indoors.

So if you want vivid contrasty shots, go for Ektachrome VS. Also from what I’ve gathered so far Ektachrome 100G is even better, producing an almost color infrared quality to the pictures. I can’t wait to get my hands on one and load it on my Holga!

Here’s a sample from one of my flickr contacts Craig Tulloch. He’s also on tumblr and you can follow him at http://ctull.tumblr.com. Follow him and say hi!

You can check out more of these awesome Ektachrome 100G shots on Craig’s flickr here.

-delusiana

Kodak Ektachrome 100 VS

LOMO LC-A

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My first roll of Ektachrome VS on the LC-A and as I’ve expected, the colors are super vivid and mindblowing. The first 2 photos were taken at this quaint and kitschy little cafe called The Fat Spoon in Uptown Damansara where they serve what they claim to be their Grandma’s recipe which is a blend of Chinese/Nyonya style homecooking. I’ve been there twice and I must say that the food was really yummy :D

That mannequin there was obviously taken at a mall, hahah and to tell ya the truth, I honestly don’t know how the last shot came about. I think it was taken from the moving car at sunset and I was probably trying to do a wonky double exposure at the time, LOL.

Anyway, what the pictures above have in common is the fact that all were taken indoors if not under low lighting. Nice eh? I’ll be posting some sunset shots and those taken under the bright hot afternoon sun later;  all from the same roll  so stay tuned for that :)

-delusiana

Kodak Ektachrome 100VS

Ahh…at last! It took me a month to send this slide film to the photo lab as I was damn broke and penniless last month.  This film was cross-processed although it’s really hard to find a photo lab that does it here in Johore Bahru but thanks to my friend, Mr. Wong for his hard work, that he found me a lab!

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Canon EOS Rebel 2000, Sigma 28mm f/1.8