For as long as I’ve held a camera in my hands and developed my own black and white film I have always wanted to also work with color. However, intimidation of what I perceived as unbending temperature requirements kept me from even attempting the process. Part of my 2020 photographic resolutions was to finally give the color process a try, for good or ill. In March I purchased a C-41 kit for that purpose, and there it sat, until a couple of weeks ago.
I finally decided to grab a roll of Kodak Colorplus 200 and loaded it in my F4 and enlisted the help of long-time friend, Nicole. What I got from that shoot just amazed me and encouraged me to shoot subsequent rolls of Fuji Superia 400, Kodak Ektar and a roll of expired Portra 160.
Nikon F4 | Kodak Colorplus 200
Nikon F100 | Kodak Colorplus 200
Nikon FM | Kodak Portra 160
YashicaMAT 124G | Kodak Ektar
As I said, I’m very pleased with the results of my first couple of rolls. Sure, mistakes were made, and probably more will be made in the future. Yet, isn’t that how we learn? Does this mean that I am turning my back on my beloved black and white? Not in the least, but rather, now I have another tool in my toolbox with which to capture whatever vision I have for that day.
God Bless and Happy Shooting!