I like black and white. It has been interesting experience this last year-and-half to shoot all those rolls of film only in black and white. That experience, coupled with using mostly a standard 50mm lens (with occasional risky forays in to 35mm focal lengths, as we will see next week!) really does help you to improve your photography. I find that both colour and wide-angle lenses can trick you into thinking you have a good photographs when in fact… you don’t.
But I do now that there are a few occasions where colour might be worth thinking about. Parks and gardens, perhaps. And on my shelf I have two rolls of portra-400 120, which have been sitting there for a year. They were more or less bought by accident, and I decided, in the end, to try them out in the Rollei.
So I went to all the normal places I go to and shot one roll early on Saturday morning (10/9). I had them developed in a minilab near my house, and I scanned them myself. Scanning colour is a nightmare. I understand now why the three labs who have scanned colour rolls from the Leica all gave different results! I ended up scanning all the negatives twice and pushing buttons almost at random on two different software packages until I got something I liked. But I did!
Here they are:
And the last one, my favourite, in Luxembourg:
That’s it: next week, back to black (and white).
Technical notes: Camera and film: Rollei 2.8C/Portra120-400. Scanned at home.