#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Kodak Portra line of films, Emulsive is hosting three months of Portra Parties. The shoot week (August 6-12) coincided with @_JasonAvery’s #CameraChallenge (Macro)… So out came the Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 and PK-13 extension tube, mounted on the FM3a, and loaded with Portra 400.

Yes, it suffered the same fate as its #DianaDay cousin, and, no, it wasn’t everything I hoped, but still, there’s a couple of things worth sharing, maybe. Continue reading “#PortraParty! (1) / #CameraChallenge (Macro)”

Porta 400 Problems

(Note: first wold, leisure-related kvetching ahead—you have been warned.)

I have no idea what went wrong with this roll of Porta 400, but here’s a short list of the issues I encountered:

  • it jammed in the camera and ripped through a frame
  • it coiled up along its length and width immediately upon removal from the canister and if I recall it took me more than an hour to get it onto the reel for developing
  • after developing it straightened out a bit (lengthwise), but remained twisted along its width, which made it very difficult to scan

I’m not sure what it is about the famous, mass-produced, pro-level films, but I think I encountered something similar with another rather expensive film stock.

This roll of Porta 400 was by far the worst I’ve ever experienced, and the remnants of our protracted battle are evident in many/most of the frames. Continue reading “Porta 400 Problems”