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Final Spring – LomoChrome Purple 400 (35mm)

Final Spring – 2015-06-09 LomoChrome Purple XR100-400 shot at EI 200. Speciality color negative film in 35mm format. Orange filter, overexposed one stop. Like this photo? Digital and physical media are available on request. Please share this image if you like it, or leave a message in the...

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Film Review – Kodak TRI-X 400 in 120 format

I originally wanted to start this article off with a divisive answer to the question, “What’s the best black and white film in the world?” Unfortunately explaining my way out of it meant that I started rambling, so I decided to lead with this: Kodak TRI-X 400 is the best black and white film in the world.   Let me dig myself out of a hole explain. It might not have superfine grain and it doesn’t always hold highlights and shadow detail as well as I’d want but what it does do in spades is give me is an unmistakeable look...

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Racked – Ilford FP4+ (35mm)

Racked – 2015-06-05 Ilford FP4+ shot at EI 200. Black and white negative film in 35mm format. Push processed 2/3 stop. Like this photo? Digital and physical media are available on request. Please share this image if you like it, or leave a message in the...

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Ajar – Kodak EKTACHROME E100VS (120)

Ajar – 2015-06-04 Kodak Ektachrome E100VS shot at EI 200. Color reversal (slide) film in 120 format shot as 6×6. Pushed one stop and cross processed. Like this photo? Digital and physical media are available on request. Please share this image if you like it, or leave a message in the...

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Film Review – Rollei Superpan 200 in 120 format

  UPDATE: We’ll be publishing the experimentation guide for this film on July 03 2015. It’ll be available right here from 9am UTC – make a note in your diaries for some infrared action! Today we’re reviewing Rollei Superpan 200 black and white film in 120 format.  It’s also known as Agfa Aviphot 200 or Agfa Superpan 200 depending on where and how you purchase it but it’s safe to say that this film stock is the same, regardless of the name.  It’s distributed via the brand owner, Maco Direct in Germany. Rollei Superpan 200 is a direct descendant of the...

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Welcome to Emulsive

Film photography amazes me. For me, it’s about latitude and depth, not megapixels and shutter actuations.

The film photography process can be intensely physical and in my opinion, connects the photographer to the image he or she has taken in a much more profound way than digital is able to do (with a few exceptions).

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Film Review – Kodak EKTACHROME E100VS color slide film

Today we’ll be reviewing a wonderful slide film, Kodak E100VS in 120 format. This emulsion has quickly become one of my favorites for its vivid look, ability to handle high-contrast, or very bright lighting conditions and the ease at which it can be pushed past its box speed. In addition, the crazy color shifts that can be obtained when cross processed in C41 chemicals are beyond what I’ve come to expect from the current batch of venerable slide films from Fuji. Let’s take a quick look at what Kodak themselves say about this film:   KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film E100VS is a daylight-balanced, transparency film designed for...

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How aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect your photography

  Ignore the picture above, I just think it looks pretty. Mastering photography is without doubt a slow and laborious process, regardless of your choice of medium. In my opinion, the best way to speed things up is to take two steps away from whatever automatic, or assisted shooting mode you have available to you and build an understanding of some fundamentals in practice. Sure, you may find you have a few wasted rolls of film but trust me, it’ll be worth it. Depending on the age and type of your film camera, you may have any number of auto...

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Pushed to the MAX – Kodak ULTRA MAX 400 (35mm)

Pushed to the MAX Kodak ULTRA MAX 400 shot at EI1600. Color negative film in 35mm format film. Push processed two stops.       Contribute to EMULSIVE EMULSIVE NEEDS YOU. The driving force behind EMULSIVE is knowledge transfer, specifically engendering more of it in the film photography community. You can help by contributing your thoughts, work and ideas.Help drive an open, collaborative community – all you need do is drop us a line and we’ll work something out.  ...

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Understanding depth of field

  Depth of field and its use and control in your photography is crucial. When used effectively, depth of field can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one. Depth of field can be used to isolate your subject in the scene, draw the viewer’s focus to specific areas of the photograph, or even blur your subject entirely for artistic effect. See below for an example of an identical subject photographed at both f8 and f2 using slide film. Notice the wooden planks have been isolated from the front and rear elements of the photograph.     In...

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