Kodak Ektar 100; it sounds so exotic and for me it delivers the kind of saturation that makes shooting colour film so fun, but without the reduced latitude that comes with shooting slide film. I was initially skeptical of Ektar as many people (online) said that it produced nasty skin tones, I bought some to find out for myself! All 5 shots were taken with my trusty Rolleicord Vb and metered using sunny 16 and a MK1 eyeball.
I love the way Kodak Ektar can boost the colours on a gloomy day, I love the skin tones on a bright sunny day in open shade and yes, I’ll also admit skin tones in bright direct sunlight can get pretty funky; seek out some shade and you’ll get amazing skin tones and intense colour pop.
Ektar scans super sharp in both 120 and 35mm and the grain is almost non-existent, I have found quite a difference depending on what scanner is used so keep that in mind if you want to try it for yourself.
Click on the images below to view them in full screen.
It took me a while to find all my Ektar scans; so writing this article has taught me one lesson, always tag your scans with the film used!
Another plus point for shooting Ektar is that it’s usually a good chunk cheaper that other Kodak professional films, I recommend you grab a block and start experimenting with colours that pop.
Thanks for reading.
Submit your own 5 Frames With...
Get your 5 frames featured on EMULSIVE. Submit your 300-350 word article using this Google form. If you would prefer to submit another way, please use the @contact@ link at the top of the page.
This series is being produced in conjunction with Hamish Gill's excellent 35mmc.com. Head on over to read the other half of these stories there.
Do you have knowledge or story to share?
At the heart of EMULSIVE is the concept of helping promote the transfer of knowledge across the film photography community. You can help support this goal by contributing your thoughts, work, experiences and ideas to inspire others reading these pages: check out the submission guide here.
If you like what you're reading you can also help this personal passion project by heading on over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page and giving as little as a dollar a month. There's also print and apparel over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique photographs available for purchase.