After moving to Vienna, home to some amazing film developing labs, and also the home of Lomography, Supersense and the Impossible Project, perhaps it was inevitable that I would develop (sorry) more of an interest in experimenting with photography on film.
It makes a nice change from firing off hundreds of shots a day on a digital camera, to slowing down and really considering each shot on an analogue camera. And some of the film I’ve used is so expensive, that I thought about it as a treat to myself to take one shot per day.
Presented are a selection of my favourite shots, shown by camera + film, to give an idea of the huge difference in appearance these choices can make.
Olympus OM-2n + Kodak Ektachrome, Vienna
In September 2018, due to increasing interest from photographers in the analogue approach, Kodak brought back its 35mm Ektachrome E100 Color Reversal film, having ceased its production six years prior. At around €20 for a roll, and around the same again for developing + scanning, I made the roll last around a month, from December 2018 - January 2019.
Some of the images had a slight green tinge to them, so I made basic edits in Lightroom to get the colours closer to what I was happy with. I really enjoyed the results of many of the shots, and found the film seems to work well for shots containing many different colours in one frame, in particular the reds.
Olympus OM-2n + Kodak Ektar, Vienna
Of all of the films I’ve tried so far, Kodak Ektar 100 has to by my favourite. There’s something magical about the way it renders the colours, that I’ve not seen with digital photography. It seems to give a 1950s effect to the colours, making the pastel part of the palette take on an an almost fluorescent feel.
Olympus OM-2n + Cinestill 50Daylight, Vienna
Cinestill are a company who take Kodak motion picture cinema film and repurpose it for photography. As one of the more intriguing films on the market, I was keen to try it out.
I found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, it gives a cinematic look to things. It also has a green tint to it, which I decided against correcting for, as I like how it looks. Take a look at the results below to see if you agree.
Olympus OM-2n + Rollei Vario Chrome Limited Edition
I’m not sure what makes this slide film limited edition, but it certainly has a different look to the others I’ve tried. It results in fairly pale images, tending towards greens and blues, and heavy grain (meaning trying to lighten any dark areas is difficult).
It’s not a film for accurately capturing a scene, but definitely has its own ‘look’, which perhaps you’re keen to try out if you’re experimenting.
Olympus OM-2n + Kodak Portra 160
I shot this roll mostly in Seestadt, an area being developed in the North-East of Vienna which, upon completion in 2028, will house 20,000 people. While people have begun to move there already, it still has an incomplete feeling to it, made all the more ghostly in the snow.
The film seems to display certain primary colours very brightly, while others appear more subdued. The light leak in the final shot was a mistake made whilst learning to use the camera, but I like how the red matches that of the photo.