sceptical looks

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Having shot some 20 rolls of colour film with my Rollei I was eager to see some results, but at the same time I didn’t want to risk an important roll for testing. So, last week I shot a roll of Portra 400 and used that to see whether my CPE-2 was doing its job well also for 120. I have to say that I’m rather pleased with the results. Nice skin tones with just enough yellow to soften the tendency for sunburn in this area, subtle colours in general and with just enough character to shine even on a grey day. The only problem I see is that it’s a rather bad fit as a companion for the Superia style 35mm I was shooting in Argentina. It would have gone better with Kodak Gold or Ultramax or some such emulsion. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to seeing more and so I will probably just throw in a couple of the more important rolls in the next tank. These days I will also test how my Pakon handles Portra 400 in 35mm, although I doubt that the extra in quality justifies the extra effort and price in comparison to Kodak Gold.

All pictures taken with: Rolleicord V, Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f/3.5.
Portra 400 developed in Fuji Hunt C41 Kit, Jobo CPE-2.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Another instalment of tourists looking up. It was one of those days when it starts to rain every few minutes.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

That’s one way of using your phone for communication, waving with it!

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Some doors are guarded by dogs.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Others by cats.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Interrupted mid climb.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Natural frame.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Meanwhile at the harbour.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2015

And even on a drizzly day people go swimming there … obviously it’s forbidden to jump in from there and nobody cares.

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

© Lilly Schwartz 2015

Nobody was sunbathing on the deck though … there wasn’t much sun anyway.

Comments

  • Lovely pictures Lilly, those Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens are awesome, they have a fluidity and sharpness to them.The skin tones are super nice I like the the shots of the people and the dog very much. lovely work.

    • Thank you Harry! Yes, that Xenar lens is really lovely, I really like the results. And you see, they are perfectly suitable for colour work too! I agree about the skin tones of the Portra. Rather unsurprising that this stuff is meant for portraits!

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