Color : (Noun) The property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.
I have not shot color film photography in quite a while. Partly due to my home black and white darkroom obsession, and partly due to my stubborn resistance to it as an artistic medium. To my eyes, much color photography is too close to the “snapshot” variety, and maybe lacks the texture, tonality, and depth of B&W. While I do indeed prefer black and white film photography, Kodak Portra, in both 160 and 400 speeds, represent some of the very best color film materials available today. While the conditions yesterday at Moore State Park in Paxton, MA were far from ideal (strong midday sun, almost no natural diffusion from foliage), the mid 70 degree day in March made it irresistible not to get out there, and shoot a roll or two. Here are a few of my favorite exposures from the day. These were taken with the Nikon F Photomic FTn, 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor, and a Tiffen Skylight filter, for a slight warming effect. Oh, and Portra 160. Next time, under similar conditions, I may opt for some Ektar, for its slower speed. Maybe it is the FTn meter, but was really surprised the exposures were so “hot”. But, looks like this stuff might be around for a while. Thanks, Kodak.