Fomapan 400, An Open Field, and Some Joy

It is finally feeling like summer is around the corner. Even though we have some lingering rain and gray clouds, the weather has turned toward the warmer side. For me, this is the perfect time to schedule some photoshoots. The temperature outside is tolerable for someone to get naked, the light is nice and subdued, and tourists have yet to arrive at all the easy and popular hiking spots.

This photograph was made with a Mamiya M645 1000s and some Fomapan 400 film. I recently picked up the Mamiya for next to nothing at a local swap meet. For about fifty bucks I figured it couldn't hurt to have another medium format body in my collection. In a very short period of time I've grown to love it and I plan on working with it a lot this summer. I will more than likely write a review of it in the coming weeks.

As for the Fomapan 400 film, I have to admit that it is probably my least favorite ISO 400 film on the market. That is a pretty strange thing for me to type considering the fact that the ISO 100 speed film from Foma is one of my favorites. I'm not really sure how Foma can get one film stock so right and another film just two stops faster so wrong. While Fomapan 100 has a lovely grain quality, is nice and sharp, and has near perfect contrast without me even trying, Fomapan 400 looks mushy, soft, and I almost always have to pump up the contrast in the printing process to get an image to my liking.

Not that I dislike this image mind you. I do wish I had photographed it with Ilford HP5 or Kodak Tri-X instead.  

Mounted E-6 Slide Film

As I've mentioned a number of times on this blog, every so often I do like to work with slide film. For me it tends to happen most when I come across a stash of expired slide film I can get for cheap. What can I say? Fresh stock slide film is really expensive, and it is the one film type I have yet to master processing at home which means there is the added expense of having someone else do it for me.

Very rarely however do I bother with the expense of having my slide mounted. Never mind the fact that I can be a cheap bastard, I also don't own a slide projector so it is pretty tough for me to justify the time and expense of mounting my positive film. However, I have to admit that when I do I tend to really cherish the results. There is just something nice about holding a mounted slide in your hand and looking at it with light shining through the back, even if you are just holding it up to the light on your ceiling and not a proper slide projector.

It's like a little miniature treasure.

Pardon the crappy quality of the bottom image. It's pretty tough taking a macro shot of a slide while holding both the slide and the camera in your hand. lol.

Camera Advertisement: Kodak Film (Kodacolor 400)

I've been digging around in thrift stores a lot lately (mostly looking for old vinyl records) which means I've also been looking at old magazines so please excuse all the posts lately about vintage ads. I know I may be the only person who finds them interesting but hey, it's my blog and this is sort of my way of archiving the stuff I like instead of having a bunch of old magazines cluttering up my house.  

I find this advertisement interesting for two reasons. First, it is a print ad for film. I'm sure that was quite common back in the 1980's but now days just coming across an ad for a roll of film feels like a complete novelty. Heck, print ads in general are a bit of a novelty considering how we tend to consume media now (when was the last time *you* actually bought a magazine). 

More importantly though, I just love looking at the color tone! I know some of this is just simply the source material of cheap magazine paper, but I've always been fond of the way color film stocks from the 1970's and early 1980's really lean toward warm tones like red, orange, and yellow. I really miss that.