For those that knew the true beauty of the film today is a very sad day for many photographers.
In a statement recently issued by Kodak, the company has now discontinued their BW400CN film. Though the film isn’t as prolific as Tri-X, it still created beautiful portraits and images overall. In fact, Kodak billed it as the finest grain black and white chromogenic film made. And in some ways, they’re correct–though the grain isn’t as fine as with some of their other emulsions.
Kodak is also stating that it should still be available in the market for around the next six months; though it can often be seen sold at places like WalGreens and more. So in fact, it may not last that long.
When I first started the site, I reviewed the Leica M7 using this film. It was an awesome experiences.
B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon still have stock of the film if you’d like to store some in the freezer for another day.
Pinhole photography has to be one of the most beautiful forms of the art. It forces a photographer to rely on great composition, exposure timing, and creative ideas to yield a beautiful image. But fair warning: you won’t be doing any pixel peeping or anything else technical aside from figuring out your exposure in the first place.
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All images by Jeremy Scurto. Used with permission.
Most photographers know that shooting Polaroids and instant film is very slow and exacting process when you’re using true medium format cameras and not the ones actually made by Polaroid themselves. But somehow or another photographer Jeremy Scurto was able to figure out a way to capture an entire skateboard sequence on Polaroid film. And the way that he did it is incredibly clever. Jeremy started taking Polaroid photography seriously at the start of this year. “I had always messed around with digital and 35mm but this form really stuck with me.” says Jeremy. “I use a range of different Polaroids now from the RZ to the 600SE and even a few land cameras I have as daily point-and-shoots.”
To get the image above and the ones you’ll see after the jump, Jeremy loaded three Mamiya RZ67s and 50mm f4.6 lenses with Fujifilm FP-3000B and used three different shutter releases. By placing them all in the exact right location and firing the shutters off in the correct sequence, he was able to capture these scenes in unison. “The way we got the three RZ’s to fire off in sequence was to have them all set up with shutter release cables. I held the cables in my left hand with the mirrors locked up ready to fire. I then rolled my right palm over them, bang bang bang, that’s all she wrote.”
In our eyes, it’s pretty clever and incredibly beautiful. The other images are after the jump.
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Sometimes, in order to save money on a film set it’s best to improvise in the creation of lighting modifiers to get a particular look. Many photographers have been doing it for years, and we even did it. But director David F Sandberg put an interesting twist on lighting when shooting his recent short film entitled, “Not So Fast.”
Essentially, David needed to create some very faint lighting on the subject in the film–which turned out to look like very faint moonlight in the end. And to do this he took a light bulb and put it in an IKEA trashcan that was modified at home to give off the right amount of spread and diffuse the light’s output. After that, he used in-camera exposure settings to nerf out all the ambient light otherwise and combined the scene with a black curtain.
It’s incredibly simple, yet really cool. Check out the video after the jump.
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A couple of months ago, much of the movie industry decided to make a move towards digital formats and away from film. Some like JJ Abrams (in the case of the next Star Wars movie) though decided to stick it out with film. Indeed, Kodak even came out with a new Super 8 film emulsion two years ago. This is despite the company’s film sales taking a 96% dive since 2006.
The latest in this story though comes from the Wall St. Journal, who is reporting that directors have banded together to help save the format–and have come to an agreement where studios will continue to purchase a set amount of film for the next couple of years despite mostly converting over to the digital world and workflow. Amongst these directors are Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams.
According to the Wall St Journal, “Among the studios in talks with Kodak are Time Warner Inc.TWX -0.64% ‘s Warner Bros., ComcastCorp.’s CMCSA -1.95% Universal Pictures, Viacom Inc. VIAB -1.15% ‘s Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Co.DIS -1.11% ‘s Walt Disney Studios, as well as Weinstein.”
In the world of professional cinematography, this is going to be a very interesting move since most companies shoot all digital and their workflow has switched to this format too. While it could also be considered a step backwards, it is also seen as a slow in the progression towards a fully digital world.
Back by popular demand, Lomography has a new stock of Agfa CT Percisa 100 film. The 35mm color slide film is designed to help shooters capture rich, deep blue skies without overlaying the entire image with a cool blue filter allowing the film to produce render warm colors as well. At the same time the film can resolve nice and sharp details. Another advantage of the Agfa CT Percisa film is it creates extremely fine outlines at every gradations of light and shade making cloudy skies pop with a unique look.
For a small history lesson Agfa films originally come from a small Germany company started in 1867 that has as strong ties to medical imaging systems as it does photography. Eventually the company folded and when into bankruptcy in 2004. A surviving branch continues to produces film for aerial photography.
Agfa also sold may of its remaining coated film rolls to Ferrania, a third party supplier of consumer film to many others selling under their own name. Meanwhile, Agfaphoto film is also produced by Fuji in Japan, Kodak in Mexico, and Lucky in China; so the film could have come from any of these companies.
As with most things in the film world the Agfa brand become diluted and attached to completely different types of film. Lomography stock itself has even been rumored to carry the same film chemistry as Afga, which would explain the rich color tones of many of the company’s film stocks.
You can pick up a roll of Agfa CT Precisa for $8.90 a piece. Check past the break for more images taken with the film.
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