A couple of weekends ago my wife and I took a made a trip to her family cabin in BC with my parents, sister, bro-in-law and two little nephews. We had some pretty great weather and had plenty of fun relaxing out on the deck and in the big back yard. I decided to shoot exclusively on film for the weekend, so I filled my camera with some Kodak Portra 400VC and did what I could with it.
To say I was excited to get the film developed would be an understatement. I had done a fair bit of reading up on the film I had chosen, and all reviews and sample photos I saw were fantastic – great colours, fine grain, nice contrast. Unfortunately, when I got the roll developed and scanned the negatives at home, it appeared that all of my shots came out underexposed by between one and two stops. I wasn’t impressed. I’m not exactly sure where the process broke down – poor processing by the lab, crummy scanning at home, (dare I say it) poor exposure control in camera? Regardless, I used the wonders of Lightroom to bring the images back to where they should have been without losing too much detail. I guess a bit more experimentation is in order.
Have a great weekend!