Experience Reports Film Photography

Winter Morning Walk in Frenchtown

Last year, after reading Tobias Mann's review of Kodak Portra 800, I bought a roll to expose it as soon as possible. But I set aside the roll in a cool box and forgot about it until December. I had promised Bhavna a trip into Frenchtown to see how the shopkeepers and restauranteurs had decorated the downtown area. The sky was overcast, creating an excellent opportunity to expose a few frames of Kodak Professional Portra 800.

Kodak Professional Portra 800 is a high-speed daylight-balanced colour-negative film optimised for challenging lighting conditions. It has a nominal sensitivity of ISO 800 and a notable underexposure latitude for effectively pushing to ISO 1600 with maintained quality and extended highlight and shadow detail. As we walked around Frenchtown, I exposed the roll at boxpseed in a wide variety of natural lighting conditions, including broad daylight, open shade, and of course, window light. Although I have several Minolta flash units, I did not expose any frames under artificial light.

The film was developed at Boutique Film Lab and scanned using my Silver Fast 9 and Epson Perfection V600. I used Negative Lab Pro to convert the scans. No corrections to exposure, colour temperature and composition were made.

Kodak Professional Portra 800 35mm film delivers all the advantages of a high-speed film, finer grain, higher sharpness, and more natural skin tones and colour reproduction. Portra 800 film - for perfectly stunning results with less-than-perfect light. The negatives have some warm tones, and while the grain is noticeable, I think it’s still very pleasant looking.

Name Kodak Portra 800
Type Colour (negative)
Native ISO 800
Format 35mm
Process C-41
Features Kodak T-GRAIN emulsions, Fine Grain, High Sharpness & Edge Detail
Lab Boutique Film Labs
Scanner Epson Perfection V600
Software SilverFast 9 SE + Negative Lab Pro

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

19 December, 2021 | Minolta XD-11 | MD ROKKOR-X 50mm F1.7

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7 Comments

  • Reply
    Daniel Brinneman
    23rd February 2022 at 11:32 PM

    Khürt, I like the red-orange paint on that Gather building.

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      24th February 2022 at 7:34 AM

      Daniel, so do I. That's what caught my eye.

  • Reply
    jemostrom
    16th February 2022 at 2:19 PM

    @islandinthenet.com Finally got the chance to use the big screen. I really like the "feel" of this photo, it's feels inviting/warm in some sense ... I can't say if it's because of the use of film or if it's how you treated the scene.

  • Reply
    jemostrom
    13th February 2022 at 8:25 AM

    @khurtwilliams I only viewed this on my phone (away from home) so it difficult to say anything about the details, but I love the colors

    • Reply
      Khürt Williams
      13th February 2022 at 2:39 PM

      @jemostrom the film details are better when viewed on a larger screen.

        • Reply
          Khürt Williams
          17th February 2022 at 7:15 AM

          @jemostrom Thank you. Kodak Porta 800 is versatile for the changing lighting condition under winter skies and indoors but it is relatively expensive. I may not use it again for a while. For colour work, I think my default will be Kodak Pro Image and a flash.

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