My heart starts beating faster these days when the download link with scans of my latest analogue photos arrives from the photo lab. Will it have worked out? Getting a transfer is in itself a good sign – at least now I know that the film was transported and exposed!
This time I tried out a Kodak Ultramax 400 colour film on Reinhard Prenn´s Yashica Electro 35 and took it with me on a night out with my family to see if I could capture some of the views from the Ocean Sky restaurant on top of Haus des Meeres in Vienna. (It was my birthday, so we had made a reservation.)
So, yes, the images came out, but there is a lot of grain, again. And I think this is because of the somewhat high ISO and because this film is meant to be an allrounder and not a professional quality film. I am not sure I like it, although at the moment anything with such a clearly analogue look makes me happy.
Light conditions were overcast and going from dusk to blue hour, and for the most part that evening I used open apertures. Even so, the photos I took when it got darker were blurry, meaning the camera set a longish exposure time and I could not stabilise the camera well enough by hand. The pictures are grainy in all shots, and low in contrast in the dusk pictures, but at least the colours are fairly accurate, if a bit washed out.
The pictures I took the next day just to finish the film were taken in bright daylight and turned out way better. Colour rendering is still not very accurate for the daylight pictures (greens appear highly saturated, reds and blues less so, but I do not know if it was just the light conditions or if the camera lens itself also played a role).
Another thing I evidently need to watch for is light coming in from the side. I should have used a sun hood – Reinhard actually gave me one for the Yashica, and I do not know why I did not put it on right away, I always use one on my digital camera.
More to come from my analogue journey soon. Next time I think I will try out Reinhard´s preferred colour film, the Kodak Ektar 100, which he says is crisp and has good contrast.
P.S.: If you want to see more from this camera and have not seen my previous blog post with the black and white car pictures, you can check it out.
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