This photograph is from developing my first 120 roll of Kodak Portra 160. The process is very similar to black and white development, with the exception of temperature control, which is critical. For C-41 film like this, the temperature needs to be 102F. I used a Souse Vive cooker to keep the water bath that holds the developer and blix solutions at the target. I also submerge the development tank in the bath. My first impressions of this film are that it is sharp, but lower in contrast and color saturation that color slide film (E6) like Fujichrome Velvia, a landscape standard. On to learning E6 processing next. I think Portra will make a great color film for portraits. Will give it a shot at that when my son arrives at Rauhallinen Farm in a few weeks for deer hunting (archery).
This is my favorite time of the year in the Western Upper Peninsula. We are world famous for our Fall colors, but the most appealing part of Fall to me are the cool temperatures and improved lighting for making photographs. There are more lightly clouded days with beautiful diffused light to work in. It will be nice to shoot Velvia 50 to record our magnificent color show in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.” David Bailey