These are the last of my favorites from my first roll of Kodak Ektar 100. This film definitely saturates the reds and the blues, as you’ll probably be able to see in these photos. Because of the boldness of the colors, Ektar 100 seems to perform better in direct sunlight than the Kodak Portra 400 or the Fujicolor Pro 400H (although, that might also have to do with the fact that the Ektar is 100 speed film, rather than 400).
So far, Ektar 100 is the first non-400 film that I’ve used, and it has been interesting to see the difference in performance in different light conditions. I don’t think I’ve been shooting film long enough to fully see or understand how film speed affects a film’s performance, but I am noticing that the difference between ISO* 400 and 100 on film is different than the difference between ISO 400 and 100 on a digital SLR. Confused? In other words, the photographic consequences of using the wrong film ISO speed in a certain environment seem to be different than the consequences of using the wrong digital ISO speed in the same environment. This would make sense when you consider that the limitations of film are a result of the material/chemical composition of the film, whereas the limitations of digital sensors are a result of the material/structural composition of the sensor and the algorithms used to process what the sensor “sees.” I’m sure this concept is something that has already been explained somewhere on the vast informational plains of the Internet, but I plan on exploring this concept for myself as I take and compare more film and digital photos.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos from Bob’s Corn Maze and pumpkin patch!
*ISO = International Standards Organization (in this case, setting a standard for light sensitivity of film, which is now also used to indicate different levels of light sensitivity on digital cameras)
Good example of the reds and the blues, as “seen” by the Kodak Ektar 100.