Venturing Into Color

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!

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  1. Looks like you aced it on C-41. Did you scan it in a special way? Did you have to tweak the contrast to get such vibrant colors?

    I developed my first roll while taking a film development class and it was C-41. Didn’t like the use of noxious chemicals nor the narrow temperature tolerances with C-41 and went off the idea of developing film for a while. I then tried to do b/w and it was way easier and fell in love with both the process as well as the medium.

    Great job and I enjoyed the post. Keep’em coming.

    1. Thanks! No special scanning, I used SilverFast and just adjusted for color balance. Then imported into Lightroom and gave them slight sharpening and contrast adjustments just to my tastes. Some had more and some had less.

      I understand what you mean about the temperature tolerances, that is what has been keeping me from doing C-41 for decades. I’m glad I finally got over my fears though, I think my “bravery” has been rewarded. haha

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