These are the 30 days and 33 articles that made EMULSIVE in September 2020 – it feels so long ago now. As usual, you’ll find a recap of all the articles published.

Before you scroll down, I have to apologise for the lateness of these recap posts in recent months. Things have gotten on top of me but I’ll be publishing a couple every month from now until we’re caught up.


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My Rolleiflex 2.8GX, Aivaras Sidla

5 frames… of people with FujiFilm Velvia 50 and Rolleiflex 2.8GX

I’m getting back to my “summer experiment” -– testing medium format slide film. This time I’d like to share results from FujiFilm Velvia 50. Why do I call it “testing”? Because in my 9 years experience of shooting film, I tried slide film for the first time only this spring.  Slide film is still a novelty for me, even when in reality it’s old news.  I […]

EMULSIVE Secret Santa 2020: Update #1

2020 is one giant anomaly. I don’t think anyone of us thought we’d be in this scenario 8 months ago, and yet here we are. In the bid to dazzle the remaining months, EM and I have agreed that cancelling the annual gift swap in favour of prints, cards, letters and the like is just a reminder of how askew things are. For many, (like […]

5 Frames of portraits in Shillong on Kodak Portra 400 (35mm Format / EI 400 / Canon AE 1- Program + Canon FD 50mm f/1.8) - by Tashdique Mehtaj

5 Frames of portraits in Shillong on Kodak Portra 400 (35mm Format / EI 400 / Canon AE 1- Program + Canon FD 50mm f/1.8)

I had developed a habit or better say GAS since I got my first vintage lens the “Helios 44-2 58mm f2”. However, I was pretty much excited to try out film photography but the bad news for me was that none of the stores in my hometown, Guwahati, Assam had any stores that developed or kept film stock. In Oct 2019, I happened to find […]

Shooting São Paulo with a Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex-NIKKOR: The Pandemic from my Window

Shooting São Paulo with the Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex-NIKKOR: the Pandemic from my Window

During this worldwide quarantine, as everyone was generally confined to their homes, I too was stuck inside but still had the desire to get out and shoot. When that wasn’t a possibility, I started to shoot from the inside looking out. I started documenting the city around me using a mirror reflex lens. You may be thinking of a type of stubby lens known for […]

5 Frames... Of life in Mexico during quarantine (Kodak UltraMax 400 / 35mm Format / EI 400) - by Gerardo Montoya

5 Frames… Of life in Mexico during quarantine (Kodak UltraMax 400 / 35mm Format / EI 400)

All these frames were shot with my Minolta X-700 and a Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.7, the combination that made me discover my passion for photography almost a year ago. Even though I’m still in the phase of finding out which film stock I like the most, Ultramax 400 is the one that I always come back to. So right before the lockdown was implemented […]

How to shoot a film shooting marathon: A FortKnight of Film

What’s it like shooting a roll of film every single day for thirty days? Probably not as hard as filming it simultaneously. I’m gearing up to do it again, but let me tell you about the first time… When my YouTube channel was in its infant stage four years ago, the daily vlog was king. Casey Neistat was the name on everyone’s lips and how […]

My Nikon Nikkor-S 50mm f/1.2, Guilherme Maranhão

5 Frames… With a beat-up Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 on Kodak Plus-X (EI 125 / 35mm / Nikon FM2)

The Nikon Nikkor-S 55mm f/1.2 is a lens I always wished for but never had a chance to have before this particular specimen appeared. Most of the ones I’d previously come across were too expensive for me but this one had the right balance of price and scratches. Given the fact it would be yet another lens in the range of others like 50/1.4, 50/1.8 […]

5 Frames… Of the Pacific coast at Pomponio on Kodak Ektar 100 (EI 100 / 120 Format / Zenza-Bronica GS-1 + Zenzanon PG 100 f/3.5)

The fisherman were already there that morning. They had arrived long before sunrise with their reels and lines and pole holders made from cut off pieces of PVC pipe. Of course, there were the crabbers, too, who began to roll down to the surf just after I did, wearing their faded chest waders and carrying their big wire nets and white buckets. All of them […]

Building the SCURA

Camera review: The Dora Goodman SCURA pinhole experience

One day I came across a post on Facebook by a fellow “pinholer” showing their recently acquired SCURA 35mm panoramic pinhole camera. I own several pinhole cameras but none are 35mm. I was intrigued by the film size and the fact this camera was designed to create 60x25mm panoramic images. The creator, Goodman Lab, also offer a 6×6 SCURA model that works with 120 film, […]

Wista 45D

Down the 4×5 rabbit hole part 1: A trip to the world upside down

Down the 4×5 rabbit hole part 1: A trip to the world upside down Like so many of us, I found myself with a bit more extra time during the global pandemic. This created an opportunity to explore various ideas and potential projects. As one of my primary interests is nature and landscape, consideration for large format photography did come up a few times. But, […]

My Contax T2, Mihai Dascalu

5 (8) Frames of „Detritus / Nuovi” in Bucharest on Kodak Portra 400 ( 35mm / EI 400 / Contax T2)

Bucharest is a mix of old and new, beautiful and tasteless architecture mashed together in a dance of the absurd, visual clashes sprinkled at every step… I am always amazed at how the city evolves, in a way that virtually anything seems possible for the future. The city hall and private developers seem to have a very narrow idea of development and don’t see the […]

My Bilora Bella 66-3, Massimo Fagni

5 Frames… Of Lucca, Tuscany on a Bilora Bella 66-3 (120 Format / EI 400 / Fomapan 400 Action)

I was fascinated by the compactness and vintage colors with which this machine was built and also by the extreme simplicity of the commands with which to take photographs. I currently use medium format cameras, even in formats smaller than 6×6 but none has the weight, dimensions and compact like Bilora Bella. I decided to take Bella with me on a Sunday morning around the […]

Add to Queue: Interviewing Marina Llopis of

On the front page of is a message from Marina Llopis: IFWEFILM is not just film photography workshops. This project is born for you, to help you enter in this wonderful journey. A journey which I want you to experience, get inspired and connect with yourself through film photography. This sums up her attitude to film photography perfectly – she wants to share […]

5 Frames… Of the Downtown Summerlin on Cinestill 800T (120 Format / EI 800 / Certo Six + Tessar 80mm f/2.8)

Ever since getting back into analogue photography, the Cinestill range of films has intrigued me. Living in Las Vegas, the City of Lights, I’ve been wanting to try Cinestill 800T for a while, but working a late shift, and the main interest of my wife and I being getting away from Las Vegas on my breaks (neither of us are night life/gambling lovers!), opportunities to […]

5 Frames… Of Cats that will (apparently) save film forever (4 cameras, 4 films)

I have some sort of revelation and I want (no, I HAVE) to share it. The message is simple – cats will save film. For like forever.  There is no point in arguing with it. I invite You not to go arrogant way by questioning this truth, instead I’d suggest to accept it fully without arguments… We don’t need any discussion — it would distract us […]

Leica R6 Review; Like recommending an Aston Martin - by Alexander Laurent

Leica R6 Review; Like recommending an Aston Martin

The secret behind Leica’s R series is that their optical formulas for their SLR lenses are the same as their famous M mount lenses. A 50mm f/2 Summicron is made by the same people, with the same materials, in the same factories whether it is on an M6 or an R6. The R counterparts go for a fraction of their M equivalents, giving those who […]

5 Frames... Working within limitations: Long exposures at the Concours d'Elegance (120 Format / EI 100 / Mamiya RZ67) - by Ryan HK

5 Frames… Working within limitations: Long exposures at the Concours d’Elegance

I’ve always loved classic cars… I had a 1966 Mustang for a number of years, but I sold it to get the down payment on my first house. I still go to car shows once in a while and usually bring a film camera along to rip through a roll or two. It’s probably considered cliche now, but I really do enjoy shooting these older […]

Cover - Never forget, Craig Pindell - September 11 2008

Photostory: Never Forget 2008 – by Craig Pindell

Once again and with his kind permission, I’m posting one of Craig Pindell’s Never Forget series of photographs and his words in remembrance of the attack on New York’s World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. If you are reading this at 08:46 EST on September 11th, 2020, Craig will have just captured the latest image in his series. About the project, from the man himself: Each […]

My Yashica FX3 Super 2000 + Yashica 28mm f:2.8 ML, Andrea Mugetti

5 Frames… Of stunning Piedmont on Kodak Ektar 100 (35mm Format / EI 100 / Yashica FX-3 Super 2000 + Yashica ML 28mm f/2.8)

I came across film photography by chance, after my exchange year during university a few years ago. I feel very blessed cause I had the opportunity to travel a lot in my free time and to visit many beautiful places in Europe. The only thing was that back then, I knew almost nothing about photography and as a result, I came home with a lot […]

My Pentax Spotmatic SP + Takumar 55mm f:1.8, Martin Kelley

5 Frames… Of the Jurassic Coast on Fomapan 100 Classic (EI 100 / 35mm Format / Pentax Spotmatic SP + Takumar 55mm f/1.8)

On a grey drizzly day, when my mood fitted the weather perfectly, I loaded my first ever roll of Fomapan 100 Classic into my Spotmatic and headed to the beach to cheer myself up. Beer is a small fishing village in South Devon, part of the famous Jurassic Coast, and a popular tourist destination. On days like this there is a nice run-down feel to […]

5 Frames... Of a quiet Tokyo on Fujifilm C200 with a Nikon FE (35mm Format / EI 200 / Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D) - by Clemens

5 Frames… Of a quiet Tokyo on Fujifilm C200 with a Nikon FE (35mm Format / EI 200 / Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 D)

I always wanted a cheap, simple camera. That would not make me too sad, if I scratched it, lost it, broke it, a real user camera. An SLR, for simple focussing, a Nikon, since I had some lenses already. So I wanted “one of those MF Nikons”. I went out, visited some stores, and came across a black FE for a good price. With this […]


EMULSIVE Secret Santa 2020: registration open until October 31st

A huge thank you to the nearly 1100 players in over 50 countries who came together to participate in 2019’s fifth annual EMULSIVE Santa. It’s that time of the year again and I’m proud to be able to announce that registration for the sixth annual EMULSIVE Secret Santa is now open. Before you skip to the bottom of this article for the registration form, I […]

My Nikon F3 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens, Lucas Dul

5 Frames… Of a 1969 Olivetti Valentine on Kodak ColorPlus 200, Overexposed 2/3 stop (35mm Format / EI 125 / Nikon F3 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI)

5 Frames… Of a 1969 Olivetti Valentine on Kodak ColorPlus 200, Overexposed 2/3 stop (35mm Format / EI 125 / Nikon F3 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI) – by Lucas Dul I find myself with a lot of typewriters on hand, usually due to my job as a repair tech. A few weeks ago, one in particular arrived to me, a 1969 Olivetti Valentine. The […]

5 Frames... Of fear and self-loathing in Farm Vegas on CineStill 800T (35mm Format : EI 800 : Nikkormat FTN + Nikkor-S 35mm f:2.8) - by Michael Reynolds

5 Frames… Of fear and self-loathing in Farm Vegas on CineStill 800T (35mm Format / EI 800 / Nikkormat FTN + Nikkor-S 35mm f/2.8)

I shot film back in 2004, so it shouldn’t be difficult to jump back in. At least that’s what I told myself when I found 12 rolls of 30-year expired film last year. I ended up shooting those expired rolls and feeling pretty cocky. I hadn’t had them developed yet but a friend had sent me a fresh roll of Cinestill 800T. Since getting the […]

Cover: Croatian views and colour tones on a Hasselblad 500C-M and Kodak Portra 160

Croatian views and colour tones on a Hasselblad 500C/M and Kodak Portra 160

No matter where I’m heading travel-wise, I always make a point of doing some sort of online recce before I depart. I think It gives you a visual understanding of the geographic layout and nature of the country you’re heading to and Croatia wasn’t a country I’d travelled to before. This online point of reference gave me a general idea of what I’d like to […]

My Yashica Mat-124G, Nigel Fishwick

5 Frames… Of ILFORD PAN F PLUS with a little help from Ordnance Survey (120 Format / EI 50 / Yashica Mat-124G)

When the easing of lockdown rules came into play in the UK I was concerned. I didn’t want the nation to rush things and for cases of Covid-19 to increase again. On the other hand though, I was also thankful that it would mean I was free to venture further afield if I chose to. For me, venturing further afield is still something to be […]

VeRtEx - Photography Project, Kurt Gledhill

VeRtEx – photography project, Kurt Gledhill

Vertex: Latin word from which our English word “vertical” stems from. I have never really been a fan of the vertical format when it came to photography. Up until recently, probably 90% of my work has been horizontal. Whenever I put the camera to my eye, I always automatically, without thinking have the camera horizontal. For a long time, vertical format just didn’t seem right […]

My Olympus Pen EE2, Allysse Riordan

5 Frames… With Expired Kodak Gold 200 (EI 125 / 35mm format / Olympus Pen EE2)

I last used my Olympus Pen EE2 in July 2019. It was working well and I was enjoying myself until the winding wheel refused to stop. It wound the film on and on, leaving me clueless as to when the frame has been advanced properly. I forgot about any remaining frames, wound the film back into the cannister, developed it, and promptly forgot about the […]

My Nikon EM + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E, Jonathan King

5 Frames… Of taking Robert Palmer’s advice on Fomapan 200 Creative (35mm Format / EI 160 / Nikon EM + Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E)

This is a weird time to have photography as a hobby. Due to Covid-19 many places are still closed, while others have limit capacity or hours of operation. If that wasn’t bad enough, toilet paper and disinfectants are still hard to come by. I had convinced myself, that if this is really the end of the world, I might as well spend it with my […]

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~ EM

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