In the beginning, there was film. My favorite emulsions for the decades starting in 1976, were slow speed Kodachrome (25 and 64) and Tri-X shot on a Canon F-1n. I fell in love with photography, descended into the dark room and stayed there. But years later, with the advent of the digital age, I flipped over to a Canon 5D mk II and sold my film kit thinking film was dead.
Recently, like many others, I decided to take a hiatus from digital and return to film photography. What a wonderful experience! I ordered a Leica MP just for the radical manual nature of the camera, it’s solid build, it’s utter simplicity and the slow good approach it encourages. And for the last nine months, I’ve essentially shot only with film again.
I decided to spend some serious quality time with a few new films to see how they would render in this more modern era of film / scanning highbred. I’d heard good things about Delta 100 and decided to commit to shooting it under various conditions.
Delta 100 is a very sharp film with very small grain that renders in a wonderfully filmic way. I shoot with a slight bias to overexposure, setting ISO at 80 and then metering mid-grey or on the subject with some contrast. Despite it’s sharp and contrasty look, the skies were too white for my taste with only a yellow filter. So I shot this roll with an orange filter with my Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. You can see how that adds additional contrast as well as darkening the sky.
I shot these five in my home, Venice beach, CA. They represent a nice juxtaposition from the sun-drenched, color-driven experience that typifies the beach culture. I’m loving the Delta 100 in this context!
~ Roger Wojahn
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