I love shooting colour 35mm negative film. Like most general users of the 1990s, it was my first experience with photography.
Until recently, the basic C-41 chemical process was a cheap, popular pathway through analogue photography thanks to mini developing labs in almost every local pharmacy.
But by the turn of the 2010s, that was set to change - and I've had to shift my choice of film too.
Shooting 35mm motion picture film in a stills camera is always fun. It opens up a new world of experimentation with unique emulsions used in Hollywood and beyond.
The folks at CineStill now offer a low speed daylight film repacked from Kodak Vision 50D, whilst promising: "The exposure latitude of this film is beyond anything digital and even most other films can hope to achieve."
Shooting a roll over the Summer, I tried this film out and the results speak for themselves.
Those well-versed in black and white techniques often avoid side-stepping into the colour world and all of its differing technicalities. In truth, processing colour film, specifically C41, is arguably easier than a traditional black and white process. With minilabs closing down and a prevalence of C41 chemistry kits readily available, home processing of C41 is quickly becoming an option which is both time-saving and cost-saving.
I'm just getting used to my new exposure...
Instructing film photography, developing and printing in the darkroom.