A couple weeks back I recieved a package from Michael Raso of the Film Photography Project, in addition to the flash bracket I had ordered for my Polaroid Auto 250 there were a couple rolls of film, 2 120 format Kodak Ektachrome E100G and E100GX, some E100G in 35mm and a roll of ProPhoto XL. The E100G series I was well aware of and now sadly Kodak has ended it’s entire line of E-6 films, but the ProPhoto XL was one I had not seen before.
With good reason, some searches on the Internet revealed that the film was aimed at International markets and was simply a rebrand of their Gold line of films. I don’t say this like it’s a bad thing, I’ve used the Kodak Gold and Royal Gold line of films in the past with great results. The one thing that I really like about the Gold line of film is the warm cast that it has which really helps bring a punch to the images. So I wasn’t too concerned about the image that would come out of this ProPhoto XL.
Although the day itself was pretty grey and dull. Rainy, miserable, I figured I’d give it a shot, as one person commented, a grey day is perfect for testing films.
Like most Kodak films upon scanning there is a clear majenta shift in the shadows, that’s an easy fix in Photoshop, give the colour balance slider a bit more green on the shadows area to correct that. Images are fairly sharp, grain is acceptable for the speed. Just don’t let the name fool you, although it may say “ProPhoto” this is not one of Kodak’s Professional line of films, also don’t let that scare you, this is a great everyday film that can be used to test or just shots out on the town.
Last month while I was on my usual fall vacation at the end of October I once again found myself in New Jersey. I have always been an avid fan of the Film Photography Podcast and have been listening to it since it’s third episode, and have been no stranger to the flickr group, organized a Toronto FPP meetup…the list continues.
So before I left I was sure to email Michael Rasso, the founder of the podcast/project to see about meeting up. The email I got in reply surprised me. I was offered to help guest host the podcast. Nervous could not even begin to describe how I felt, but I accepted the offer anyways.
Marthon session was right, 9am to about 5pm we recorded, I took a break for one of the episodes but still managed to get in at least three maybe four. The first was released yesterday (Nov 15th) with the rest being released over the next couple months. It was a riot, litterally just five guys sitting around a table shooting the breeze about film, cameras, techniques, and other such topics, all while surrounded by a great number of cameras (I personally had my Rolleiflex, Leica, Horizon, and Polaroid 600 CloseUp). And in typical form, at the end of hte day we all went to Mac’s Diner for a great dinner! A very full day, and of course special thanks to Michael Raso, Mat, Dan, and Hunter!