I have been giving thought to my spring trip to California with large format and medium format gear and have decided to expand my repertoire a bit and shoot some color print film. In particular, I have been impressed with 4x5 and 8x10 work of some other large format photographers using Kodak Portra 160. To shoot Fujichrome 50, the standard landscape E6 film, would mean having to order it from Japan, as it is no longer available in the USA. The price is prohibitive. I like the more muted tones of Portra 160 as shown below:
I will have to learn color development, but in researching the chemistry and development process, it appears that it will not be difficult or require additional equipment for me beyond my traditional black and white equipment. It is, however, much more temperature sensitive with processing temps of over 100F, requiring a water bath for the chemistry. Will be an enjoyable challenge to become accomplished before the trip. Most of my images will be black and white, but some subjects with sea and desert beg for color and it will be nice to be able to do both. I will be bringing a medium sized Harrison film changing tent to load and unload film holders on site.
“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath