Late last year, my wife and I wanted to combine my love of photography with our shared love of travel, exploring, and just getting into adventures together. We decided to work on a personal photo project. For the project, we are attempting to visit every county in the state of Georgia in the 2021 Calendar year. During these travels, one of my goals is to take an interesting photo in each county. And, I want to take the pictures on film.

Today, I have 5 frames I would like to share with you. The photos were taken while out and about on one of these adventures exploring rural Georgia. For this trip we decided to keep it close and traveled just a few hours east of our home in Atlanta.

When we left the house, the weather forecast called for gray, so my plan was to spend most of it shooting black and white. But as the day went on, I wanted to use my Pentax K1000, which was already loaded with a roll of Ektar 100. I brought it for a reason. I wanted to shoot something in color. Now, I haven’t been shooting Ektar 100 for long. I am not a seasoned analog shooter. If I’m counting correctly, I’ve only shot 4 or 5 rolls of color film but even with my lack of experience, I know Ektar loves color, and it loves light. I had the color, but I lacked the perfect light. I decided to shoot anyway.

For me, Ektar is precisely what I want in a film, especially for colorful scenes; I prefer what others may see as oversaturation. It’s the look I was always going for when I shot digital, but now I’m getting it straight from the camera. Ok, straight from the camera, processed in some chemicals, converted to digital via scanner, then inverted and color corrected via a third-party plug-in.

The photos I shared with you today were developed by me using the Cinestill Cs41 kit. The negatives were scanned and processed with a Plustek 8100 and the Negative Lab Pro plug-in for Lightroom

~ Brendan

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Brendan Rutledge

Brendan Rutledge lives amongst the mighty pines of Atlanta, Georgia. He started as a "serious" amateur in 2005 with the purchase of his first digital camera. Over the past few years, he has started to shoot more and more analog for reasons that are too long...


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  1. Whaouuu great : Bravo !
    I post my comment again.
    I really like !
    – Great images : color, composition, history
    – Great camera and beautiful
    – Great film.
    Ektar is one of my favorite films with : Velvia 50, ProImage 100, Tmax 100, JCH Street Pan, TriX 400, Ilford Delta 3200.
    Velvia is so great with those bright colors and contrasts and so sharp, but very difficult for metering, for colors Ektar is not far, it is easy to get good result at box speed = 100 iso, and the grain is nearly invisible, and it is easy to get good scans. With those films we get the analog touch which is analog grain which is beautiful not like digital grain/noise.
    Love your pictures.
    Thank you

  2. I click on these “5 frames” post when they show up in my news feeds, and sometimes I wonder why the photographer bothered to post, but this article made we wish that there were more than 5 frames… great stuff!

    The trans illuminated flag looks great, but for me the simple staircase contrasted with the wall is terrific. So simple, so perfect.

    Thanks for posting this. Oh yeah, as someone that owned a Pentax K1000 40 years ago, love that covering.