A Day Out In Winchcombe
By Mark Buckley
I got my recent film photography scans back from UK Film Lab, I’ve been using them for a while now and they’ve been with me on my high and lows of my recent experimentation with different cameras and film stocks as I search to develop my current style of film photography. For these photographs I’ll still be using my trusty Nikon FM2 with a 50 1.8 and 85 1.4 which have all stood me in great stead all this time.
For this collection of shots there was a certain style of photography I had in mind, I really want light, neutral, low contrast images. This is the style I’ve developed in my wedding photography with my digital images and with the depth and latitude film photography offers I knew this medium would really suit my style. To achieve this style of images I aimed to really push my film by 2 or 3 stops to ensure the film stock was flooded with light and the contrast was really reduced. On the Kodak Portra I rated it at ASA330. I also metered for the shadows or darker areas where possible or just metered up a 3rd of stop if I wasn’t too sure. I wanted to make sure these images were really overexposed, too much if necessary, to get the desired look. I was conscious I didn’t want to go crazy and wipe out all the colour, but I went as far I as felt it was safe.
I shot with my favourite two film stocks Fuji 400H (which I will do another post about) and Kodak Portra 400 which is below, I’ve always loved Portra 400, especially it’s fine grain and diverse latitude, which can rescue an image if it hasn’t been properly exposed. But I really want a certain look and to achieve that look I’m really going to push this film more than I have done before.
When I sent the images to UK Film Lab, I didn’t leave too much instruction, I trust their eye for colour and contrast. I just noted that I wanted them low contrast, neutral and coloured for the skin tones. That’s what they delivered, I only very slightly adjusted my curves in Adobe Lightroom to get the images exactly as I wanted. As usual Charlie and Lily were my muses for this little excursion and again they made it as difficult as possible to photograph them!