Let’s face it; film photography can be fairly frustrating. A lot can go wrong, and some things can be more difficult when viewed through a modern context. But then there are some cameras, films, and processes that can be worth the effort as they deliver results that are something unique or special. So join Alex, John, and Bill as they discuss what they think is worth the effort!
Topics on Today's Episode Include
- Leica M3 (Double Stroke)
- Super-Ikonta 531/2
- Adox CHS 100 II
- Adox Scala Development (B&W Reversal)
As a follow-up to part one, where the team tackled the black & white motion picture films that have been creeping into the still photography lane, on this episode, we're talking about the colour films that are available from the motion picture world that are becoming popular among still photographers as they are more readily available. But we are also bringing in some ringers, Bill Manning and Christina Haley from the Atlanta Film Co, to give us a breakdown and something Euphoric! The Atlanta Film Co is a collaboration between Bill Manning (formerly of the Studio C-41 1 Hour Podcast), Christian Haley (Lab Manager) and Michael Beattie of Dunwoody Photo. Dunwoody was formed out of the former Wolf Camera when that store shut down to continue a full wet lab service, including film processing and true RA4 printing. Designed to serve the Dunwoody neighbourhood of Atlanta, GA, they quickly found themselves the only lab in the area that provided this service. But like all film shops these days, they began to see a major shortage of colour negative film that had gained popularity. So the Atlanta Film Co was formed to provide a ready supply of Kodak Vision3 motion picture film and to try ECN-2 processing for those using the film in their still cameras. ECN-2 processing is provided by the nearby Kodak Motion Picture Film Lab, and AFC makes two weekly runs to and from that lab. And the best part is that they offer up their worldwide sales and services (including ECN-2 processing)! The Atlanta Film Co stocks and sells Kodak Vision3 500T, 200T and 250D as their core colour negative films. But recently, they started selling Eastman E100D Colour Reversal 7294, which sells under the Euphoric 100 name. inspired by cinematographer Marcell Rév's use of the film in the show's second season and his cross-processing 7294 in ECN-2 chemistry. This inspired the name Euphoric 100, and the response has been mind-blowing.
If you want to pick up some Euphoric 100 or other Vision3 offerings, check out the Atlanta Film Co at the following locations!
Web: <a href="https://www.atlantafilmco.com/" rel="noopener" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">atlantafilmco.com</a>
Web: <a href="https://www.dunwoodyphoto.com/" rel="noopener" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">dunwoodyphoto.com</a>
Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/dunwoodyphoto/" rel="noopener" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">instagram.com/dunwoodyphoto</a>
Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/atlantafilm.co/" rel="noopener" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">instagram.com/atlantafilm.co</a>
The 1970s were weird. Polyester leisure suits, disco, drugs, and all the euphoria of the post-war boom before the crashing realisation of the 1980s. But it also was a major turning point for the photography market. You had the small form factor SLR hit the stage with the Olympus OM-1 and the beginnings of automation through electronics. Many camera makers picked a direction and went with it, but Canon, Canon had to be different. They went both ways and produced two forms of semi-automatic cameras, the EF and the A-1. So in today's episode, Bill and John decide to take these two cameras out but shoot the one they aren't used to. Bill takes on the Canon A-1 while John carries around the Canon EF.
The team here digs into the cursed cameras as we get into the spooky season. Those that never worked right or had something strange going on made us want to call in a young priest and an old priest. These cameras include the Zenit 3m that John kept trying to find a working body, but at least got that sweet Helios 44 lens (in m39 mount), and even his one working body ended up having shutter issues. Bill and the Canon F-1 with a mysterious light leak due to a bad repair job. Alex and his struggles with the iconic Argus C3 and the strange tale of Nikon's first attempt at a consumer line of cameras, the Nikkorex 35|2.
In today's episode, the team sets about discussing their favourite single malt scotches and whiskeys, well, not really. We consume some fine single-malt during our lively discussion about developing tanks and different systems for home processing, from the simple to the complex, steel, plastic, and constant rotation. In today's episode, we discuss the Hewes branded Steel reels and tanks, Paterson Super System 3 and 4, AP Processing Tanks, JOBO, AuRA and B's Processor.
We're going back to the Mystery Camera Challenge, only this time Alex is picking out cameras for the team from his collection and choosing cameras that will certainly challenge the folks who are used to certain types and styles of cameras. At the same time, Alex takes on a camera from John's collection. The team also discusses tips and techniques for photographing the fall colours that will be coming sooner rather than later.
Minolta Weathermatic 35DL, Holga 120N, Agfa Isoly Jr, Graflex Century 35
Falling for Fall
While it's only the first week of September, now is the time to prepare for those fall colours in the next couple of months. You're going to start to see the sun going down earlier, making it easier for those beautiful golden hours which light up the colours of the leaves. As for the film, you will want to choose ones with a warm colour palette; for the slide film, that is Fujifilm Provia 100F; if you want something in C-41, Kodak Gold 200 or Ultramax 400 are excellent choices. Kodak Ektachrome E100 is a good choice if you want to cool things down. If you are a sucker for intense saturation, try Fujifilm Velvia 50 and Kodak Ektar 100. Or even give the new CineStill 400D a try; that will make the reds pop and glow! When you're out, try to meter and shoot for highlights, this will help get those colours to pop and try and aim for good side light; early evening and mid-mornings are your friends at this time of year. Don't procrastinate; get out if you see that things are exactly how you want them; a delay could mean the difference between colour and nothing. And, of course, keep an eye out for those colour forecasts; they will help you plan your timeline.
While Film Photography has been around for a while, some recent developments have occurred within the hobby and community. So in today's episode, Alex, James, John, and Bill sit down to discuss the recently B&W developers they've been using and the newest photo-sharing site, Grainery!
Flic Film Black/White & Green
Bill Smith - https://grainery.app/u/wbsmith200
Alex Luyckx - https://grainery.app/u/alexluyckxphoto
John Meadows - https://grainery.app/u/johnmeadows
James Lee - https://grainery.app/u/jamesleephoto
While we might be heading into the last days of Summer, that doesn't mean we can't look back and look forward to next year with the team's favourite choices for film stocks during the hot and humid days of Canadian Summer. So join Alex, James, Jess, Bill and John and beat the heat with a cold beer.
Films Featured On Today's Episode Include:
Lomography Lomochrome Purple XR
Kodak Gold 200
Rollei Retro 80s
Rollei RPX 25
Kodak TMax 100
One thing that always happens is that as a photographer you usually end up with a camera that belonged to a family member, or maybe a family member encouraged you through the gift of a camera and guidance with using it. So in today's episode Alex, John, and Bill each tell a short story about those special cameras that have a family connection.
Cameras Featured In Today's Episode
- Kodak Pony 135 Model C
- Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash
- Voigtlander Vito B
- Yashica TL-Electro
- Nikon F
- Leica M3