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Film Review: Fuji Velvia 100 (RVP) in 120 format

I’ll be honest, I’ve not always had the best time shooting Fuji’s Velvia 100. When I shoot it well, the results are fantastic and I’ll make sure to stick another roll in my daypack. When I cross process it as in the image below), I often have even better, almost surreal results than a normal E6 run. But when Velvia 100 fails me – or rather, I fail it – I almost feel like I never want to touch a roll again. Aside from still having quite a bit left on ice, there’s another reason why I keep coming back to...

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Isolation – Kodak Ektar 100 (120)

2015-07-16 – Isolation Kodak Ektar 100 shot at EI 100. Color negative film in 120 format shot as 6×6.   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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I am Roger Ballen and this is why I shoot film

Week 3 has flown in, which means another interview and another unwilling victim ecstatic guest to grill. I’m very, very pleased to have been able to grab some time with the venerable Roger Ballen; multifaceted photographer, painter and sculptor. Today we’ll be exploring Roger’s motivation, drives and work, so let’s get cracking. Over to you, Roger.     Hi Roger, what’s this picture, then? RB: This image, “Mimicry” is one of my favourite images as it was one of my first that successfully integrated drawing, painting and sculpture through photography. The image is humorous and enigmatic; precise and formally perfect; multi-layered and...

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Waving in the new – Eastman Double-X 5222 (35mm)

2015-07-15 – Waving in the new Eastman Double-X (5222) motion picture film shot at EI 800. Back and white negative motion picture film in 35mm format. Push processed 1+1/3 stops. 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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Holga Week 2015 is here: start your engines!

Is it that time of year already? Summer is upon us and for plastic camera lovers everywhere, things are heating up. Ladies and gentlemen you have one week to get your submissions in for Holga Week 2015! How to get involved The premise of Holga Week is simple; it’s all about using your Holga film camera, or Holga lens to shoot and share photos taken during the week of July 20-26 2015. You can use film, or digital as your medium of choice, just make sure that you’re using Holga “glass”. Here’s how it works: Use your Holga to...

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Red rims – Lomography Color Negative 400 (120)

Red rims – 2015-07-14 Lomography Color Negative 400 shot EI 400. Color negative film in 120 format shot as 6×6. 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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Field notes – Rollei Superpan 200

Following on from our review and experimentation guide, here’s a quick reference for Rollei Superpan 200. Enjoy!   With its expanded color sensitivity into the near infra-red range of the color spectrum, Aviphot Pan 200 offers excellent penetration through haze, fog and other atmospheric conditions…obviously, this yields an improved image contrast and therefore more information. With the uniform distribution of the panchromatic sensitivity within the range of visible light, the terrain can be imaged very faithfully without having to revert to the use of special spectral recording filters. With the film’s specific sensitization and its capability to reproduce small details and a flexible image contrast, different shades in the vegetation,...

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Infra-fern – Rollei 400 Infrared (35mm)

Infra-fern – 2015-07-12 Rollei 400 Infrared shot at EI 25 with R72 filter. Back and white infrared-sensitive negative film in 35mm format. 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 comments....

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Field notes – Fuji Provia 100F RDPIII

Following on from our review, here’s our quick reference for (nearly) everyone’s favourite slide film from Fuji; Provia 100F. Here’s what Fuji have to say: FUJICHROME PROVIA 100F Professional [RDP III] is an ultra-high-quality, daylight-type ISO 100-color reversal film. With the finest grain (an RMS granularity value of 8) among ISO 100 color reversal films and an extremely high sharpness, it captures details with unprecedented clarity, while providing rich gradation, vivid and faithful color reproduction, and well-controlled gradation balance. These characteristics make it an ideal choice for a wide range of subject matter, from product and outdoor photography to fashion work and portraiture....

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I don’t like sharing

I’m not sure exactly when I started referring to my photographs as “work” perhaps it’s the pretentious nerd in me. When I started EMULSIVE, it was from a conscious desire to share stuff that I’d learned over the past few years. A big part of that, I decided, would be to share at least one picture each and every day. For me, that’s a rather hard thing to do. Not because of the volume of images I’ve managed to capture but because I don’t like sharing what I consider to be “bad” photographs. …and trust me, I have a lot....

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The photographer’s daypack – part 2: medium format street shooters

A little while ago, I covered my recommendations and rationale for the basic photographer’s daypack – a small, light pack of essential items for any film photographer. You can read the original article here. Whilst the basic principle stays the same for medium format photography, the nature of the medium means that there will be additional items you will want, or need to carry for different types and durations of shooting. Let’s quickly recap on the original day pack: A pen/pencil and small notebook. A fine tip marker. A small lens/eyeglass cloth. Some spare film (fast, slow, color, black...

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Stand apart – Kodak TMAX 100 (120)

Stand apart – 2015-07-09 Kodak TMAX 100 shot at EI 100 Back and white negative film in 120 format shot as 6×6 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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I am Ron Ritz, MD and this is why I shoot film

Week 2 has rolled on in, so that means another fresh face to talk to about their perspectives on film. Today we’re very pleased to share the thoughts of Ron Ritz, MD; reconstructive surgeon and Hasselblad aficionado. You might remember Dr Ritz from a short piece we did a few weeks back about his stunning INDIA – The Heratige Collection. More on that later. Let’s jump in. Hi Dr. Ritz, what’s this picture, then? Man trying to sell this car; flee market Athens, Greece 1977. I always try to pick out juxtaposition or interesting faces when I’m shooting on...

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Baby blue – Fuji 500T – 8547 (35mm)

Baby Blue – 2015-07-08 Fuji 500T VIVID (8547) shot at EI 1000. Color tungsten balanced motion picture film in 35mm format. 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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Experimenting with Fuji Provia 100F

Picking up from our original Provia 100F review, we’re going to talk about how we can experiment with this film and the kinds of results you can expect. In this article, we’ll be talking about pushing, cross processing and then pushing and cross processing this film, so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Experimenting with Provia 100F If you need the extra speed, Provia 100F will reliably push two stops to ISO400. If you need a lot more light and don’t mind getting an aged effect, you can go ahead and shoot it at ISO800, too. This film won’t fail you very...

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Cornered – LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 (120)

Cornered – 2015-07-07 LomoChrome Purple XR 100-400 shot at EI 200 Color negative film in 120 format shot as 6×6   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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Field notes – Ilford FP4+ 125

Following on from our recent review, here’s a quick reference for Ilford’s fine detail, old school contrast monster, FP4+. Here’s what they have to say: For high quality black and white photography, ILFORD FP4 PLUS is unrivalled. Its very fine grain, outstanding sharpness and high acutance make it the film of choice whenever a job demands great enlargement or the subject contains a wealth of fine detail. Nominally rated at ISO 125/22, ILFORD FP4 PLUS has become the benchmark against which other medium speed films are judged. With enormous latitude for exposure error above and below its ISO 125,...

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