Why shoot photos on film in 2022? Let me show you…
All the images in this gallery were captured on October 16, 2022, a cold and foggy day in southern Colorado-perfect conditions for some contemplative fall photography. The square photos were taken at Cuchara Mountain Park with a Yashica-Mat TLR loaded with expired Kodak Portra 400 film. It was actually a Portra photo of the mountains in fall that re-kindled my interest in film photography and led to my purchase of this camera in 2017. Portra is supposed to be a portrait film with subdued colors! I also snapped a few images of the ski lifts on Kodak Gold 200 using my Minolta Maxxum 5 SLR and Minolta 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.
The other photos were captured with a Minolta X-570 35mm SLR with the exquisite Minolta 50mm f/1.4 lens using (again expired) Kodak Ektar 100 film. Ektar is the “right” film choice for these photos and certainly does not disappoint. I noticed these groups of aspens at the North Lake State Wildlife Area just absolutely glowing in the diffuse daylight as I drove by on Highway 12 on my way home, so I had to stop and finish off this roll of film that had been in my camera for three years! I suppose there was a good reason I could never get through that roll because the trees were superbly captured by this film.
All images digitized as described in this post. Negatives inverted and processed using Negative Lab Pro 2.3.