Things have changed as I don’t walk as much as before since I started working from home. I walked a lot and I enjoyed doing that. As a bonus, it also benefits my photography! A great part of my walks was done during my morning commutes where I can get that beautiful morning light. And in some of them, I had this crazy idea of trying out pushed Kodak Colorplus at 800.
Gear Used With The Pushed Kodak Colorplus
It was during December’s that I brought with me a combination of a Nikon F100, a Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 lens loaded with Kodak’s famous budget color negative film – Kodak Colorplus. However, there was also a twist! I shot it at 800 – two stops of underexposure – and I asked to push it two stops in development later on. These consumer-grade films aren’t known for pushing, but I wanted to try it anyway… for science!
I did several different walks, but my favorite one was getting out of public transportation some stops before my final stop and walk along the beautiful Tagus River in Lisbon. The morning sun calmly surfacing and getting softly reflected by the riven waters was a sight to behold. All of this, with a calm Lisbon, before the tourists and my fellow commuters started to pass by.
Consumer-grade films, such as Kodak Colorplus, have high contrast and can easily lose shadow detail. Thus, pushing it would be asking for trouble, unless I carefully exposed for the shadows. And I did just that. Using my 28mm lens allowed me to shoot slow shutter speeds of 1/30 seconds without fear of getting noticeable camera shake.
Push Development and Scanning
You can call me crazy for pushing Kodak Colorplus by two stops and the fellow at the film lab that I went to would agree with you! He told me that it would be very grainy and useless, but I wanted to go on with it. A day after, I got the negatives and I saw that they were thin, but still had details. This gave me hope!
I scanned the film with my DSLR scanning setup with a Nikon D750, a light table, a Digitaliza film holder, and a shaky but not useless tripod. Once I inverted the negatives with Negative Lab Pro, the images looked awful to me. They had lots of saturation and contrast, which required some digital editing to tone them both down. The final results surprised me and the grain didn’t bother me at all.
It’s very good to see how much we can get for such a budget negative color film. I loved the results, although I won’t probably do that in the near future. How has been your experience with Kodak Colorplus? if so, have you ever pushed it?