Results to #20

Results to #20

Processing: chain pharmacy

Time: next day

Price: $12.47 (processing, prints and photo CD)

Well, the roll had no previous exposures on it, so the kink in the film leader was just that. There were no mystery time capsule images like I was hoping for.

As for the concert, the setting sun I was hoping for was behind a thick layer of clouds. The ambient light was too weak to contribute to the harsh stage lights.

The last time I shot a roll of superia/diarrhea (although it was without the “x-tra” suffix), I was quite happy with the results. I shot some autumn foliage. This time I’m less than pleased. Reviews claim superia has fine grain and that it’s good for insufficient light conditions and renders excellent skin tone and texture reproduction. But it just couldn’t handle the stage lights very well. And the grain is nasty.

So I guess either this roll just didn’t age well and I can chalk this one up as expired film, or the processing this time around at the pharmacy was off. Or, maybe it was because I went back to my Minolta equipment, and the Vivitar Series 1 70-210 just cant compare the the Nikon glass to which I have become accustomed.

But the reviews can’t all have been written by Nikon shooters, right? So I doubt it was the glass.

On this shot, the skin tone looks okay for the people under daylight, but I’m not happy with the tonal range, especially in the shadow areas.

Again with the disappointing tonal range. It’s unfortunate that both the hot spots and the shadows look this bad.

I have one more roll of this film. I’ll be sure to go back to the Nikon equipment, and I’ll try not to make it work in such a contrasty situation, and then we’ll see.

2 Responses to “Results to #20”

  • russell frost Says:

    The one thought that came up while reading this was that perhaps something I’ve considered to be a disadvantage of digital cameras, the camera being the media as well, is also an advantage in that once I’ve familiarized myself with said camera/media, I’m not left to the vagaries of whatever film I’ve stuffed into it. It’s consistency. Yes, that consistency is a handicap at times but it’s also an overall strength. Thanks for that insight.

  • Deb Says:

    Oh my yes. Even after choosing what type of film to use, that roll of film had its own life before and after its brief time with the photographer which could affect the final outcome. I laugh when I catch myself trying to chimp my film camera. Consistency is great for business. But variety is the spice of life!

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