Tails from the Monkey

Kodak Portra 400
Lauren in Times Square by mat4226 on Flickr.
I have recently read a lot about photographers shooting with Kodak Portra 400 at insane ISO speeds (1600, 3200). They have found this film to have a great ISO range with limited push processing. Mat Marrash of the Film Photography Project shot this image with Kodak Portra 400 at ISO 3200, then pushed 1 stop in processing. Click the link to flickr, view the large image and look at the grain. I cannot believe how great this film performs. Here is a link to a blog post by Mat Marrash about his testing of the film http://filmphotographyproject.com/content/features/2011/08/mat-marrash-pushing-kodak-portra
Need more? Jonathan Canlas, an exceptional portrait and wedding photographer and creator of the Film Is Not Dead (FIND) movement (and workshop) uses Kodak Portra and shot some at ISO 3200. He pushed the development 3 stops and still had amazing results. This link is to hos blog post http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/kodak-portra-400-miami-south-beach-fl.html.
Bottom line, Kodak Portra 400 has the same ISO latitude as digital, with better results. Get some film, try it for yourself and have a little fun with your photography. 

Kodak Portra 400

Lauren in Times Square by mat4226 on Flickr.

I have recently read a lot about photographers shooting with Kodak Portra 400 at insane ISO speeds (1600, 3200). They have found this film to have a great ISO range with limited push processing. Mat Marrash of the Film Photography Project shot this image with Kodak Portra 400 at ISO 3200, then pushed 1 stop in processing. Click the link to flickr, view the large image and look at the grain. I cannot believe how great this film performs. Here is a link to a blog post by Mat Marrash about his testing of the film http://filmphotographyproject.com/content/features/2011/08/mat-marrash-pushing-kodak-portra

Need more? Jonathan Canlas, an exceptional portrait and wedding photographer and creator of the Film Is Not Dead (FIND) movement (and workshop) uses Kodak Portra and shot some at ISO 3200. He pushed the development 3 stops and still had amazing results. This link is to hos blog post http://canlasphotography.blogspot.com/2010/12/kodak-portra-400-miami-south-beach-fl.html.

Bottom line, Kodak Portra 400 has the same ISO latitude as digital, with better results. Get some film, try it for yourself and have a little fun with your photography. 

Twenty Two
Yield and overcome; Bend and be straight; Empty and be full; Wear out and be new; Have little and gain; Have much and be confused.

Twenty Two

Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.

Seventy-Four
If men are not afraid to die, It is of no avail to threaten them with death. If men live in constant fear of dying, And if breaking the law means that a man will be killed, Who will dare to break the law? There is always an official executioner. If you try to take his place, It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood. If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter, you will only hurt your hand.

Seventy-Four

If men are not afraid to die,
It is of no avail to threaten them with death.

If men live in constant fear of dying,
And if breaking the law means that a man will be killed,
Who will dare to break the law?

There is always an official executioner.
If you try to take his place,
It is like trying to be a master carpenter and cutting wood.
If you try to cut wood like a master carpenter,
you will only hurt your hand.

On the Fence on Flickr.Shot with mamiya 645, in Columbus, IN

On the Fence on Flickr.

Shot with mamiya 645, in Columbus, IN