I love film photography on sunny days. And I don’t like nighttime film photography. It’s a little wrong, because film comes in all kinds of shapes and each one has to be prepared differently. But I still like to take pictures in bright sunshine. Even with films that aren’t considered suitable for that. Because sunny pictures are a stark contrast to cloudy pictures. In my opinion…
To make it clear why shooting only in sunlight is wrong, let’s turn to the Kodak Portra. This Portra is said to be not for the sun. That’s because it’s supposed to be superexposed by a notch (+1 exposure correction). That’s how Portra gives great saturated colours.
But the contrast also tightens up. And the contrast in the sun… Well, you get the idea! That’s why Portra specifically is not recommended for sun. You have to choose between rich colour and excessive contrast and wide dynamic range with dim colour. Tough choice)
The film allows you to shoot in both sunlight and dusk thanks to its increased sensitivity of 400 units. Loved by photographers because of its excellent skintone colour reproduction.
It is wrong to think that Kodak Portra is a portrait film, in spite of such name. It’s a versatile film for any genre of photography.
But there are films that seem to be made for the sun. First of all I’m talking about the beloved Kodak Pro Image. The Kodak Pro Image is the start of the professional Kodak film league. Kodak Pro Image produces great portraits. The Kodak Pro Image has outstanding saturation and sharpness. The Kodak Pro Image 100 has outstanding saturation, while retaining sharpness in detail. It’s one of the few Kodak films that can render green and blue beautifully. And this is an attempt to take a chunk of the market from Fujicolor!
The Kodak Pro Image handles the sky and water most interestingly. It turns them green. This gives the pictures an unusual cartoonish look. The rest of the colours remain true to life.
I’ll also add the excellent Kodak Ektar to the mix. Kodak Ektar is perfect for your holiday. Especially if you’re going to the sea. Because this film gives vibrant and saturated colours. It has the finest grain of any film available. Some photographers claim Ektar is the best colour negative landscape film ever made. Ektar is regarded as the best colour film. It produces remarkably sharp and ultra-saturated images. It rivals slide film in colour fidelity and graininess (lack of grain).
The sun is a definite plus for Ektar!
However, back to the topic of conversation. I love the sun with any film. And it’s probably not about film photography. It’s my approach to photography. I love bright, contrasty and juicy scenes. I like them even more on film. That’s where I’ve made the connection between the sun and film.
Let’s just take a look at some examples of overcast film images and compare them to the ones posted above.
No questions, the film is readable. But it’s as if something has been stolen from the pictures. They stole the sun)))
Here’s some more sunny film photos for you:
My advice to you: take pictures in the sun. At least half a film! And compare the results. And if you shoot with a digital camera, but want your pictures to capture the magic of film, we’ll be happy to help you!