NOTE: I’ll begin this experience report with a brief disclaimer. It’s been less than two years since I’ve returned to shooting 35mm film after switching to digital photography over 20 years ago. I’ve inundated myself in as much film education as I could find between web articles and advice from experienced film shooters. But, with my former experience way in the past and limited recent experience, this review is coming from a relative novice point of view.
A few weeks ago, Kiran, Bhavna and I went for a walk in Gulick Farm Preserve. I brought my Fuji X-T2 and XF27mmF2.8 lens along with my Minolta X-700, MD Rokkor-X 50mm f/1.7 lens and a fresh 35 exposure roll of Kodak Portra 400. Kodak Portra 400 is a fine grain high-speed colour negative film. I had never used Kodak Portra 400 before but based on my experience with a roll of Kodak Portra 160 at Avalon Beach, I expected good results.
The Gulick Farm Preserve walk was shorter than expected, so we dropped in at Barbara Smoyer Park. The light here was much brighter as we didn't have the forest to provide shade. The Kodak Portra 400 and the Minolta X-700 performed well.
Later that week, Bhavna and I were at Brick Fram Tavern for our regular weekly "dinner and chat". At this time of the year, the sun sets sooner. I was interested to see how the Kodak Portra 400 would perform in changing lighting conditions as the sun went down.
Earlier in the week, I had stopped at the Princeton Fire Department on Witherspoon Street to make some images for the Lens Artist challenge.