Sunday, September 1, 2013

Turks & Caicos - Ektar 100 (and, film is better than digital!)

There, I finally said it.  Don't take offense - it's just what I prefer.  And even if you do take offense, get over it!

Film has a haunting, beautiful and imperfect look that digital can't touch.  Digital is cold, sharp, and impersonal. Film is authentic and true.  Film can handle what digital cannot.  Digital trips out with too much dynamic range or contrast compared to film.  If you expose film properly, even if you are off a little, it won't let you down.  With film, you spend less time editing in front of your computer and more time with your family and doing what you love, assuming you exposed properly.  Let's keep film alive folks.  Just remember quality over quantity and less is more.

I will post a series of my vacation photos shot on film.  I'll break up the posts by the type of film used.

The following were taken on Ektar 100 in Turks & Caicos.  Except for the last two, all were taken on a 35mm Nikon F6.  The last two were shot on a Mamiya medium format camera.  This was my first time shooting Ektar.  What I learned is that it doesn't have a ton of latitude, it handles bright sunshine nicely, and does not like twilight type light.  I shot the Ektar at 50 I believe, and even at 50 it still gave me a blueish underexposed shift during moments when the sun was covered by clouds, or right before sunrise.  All of these shots were developed and scanned by The Darkroom in San Clemente, CA.

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