Film Review: Kodak Ektar 100 by Night

Dec 29, 2016
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This may sounds like a stupid idea but I had no other choice to shoot with Kodak Ektar 100 by night. I was in London for a weekend and like often there, it was raining cats and dogs so my Leica M6 stayed in my camera bag with few frames left of Ektar 100. I thought the day was over until we came out of the metro to discover that the sky was clearing out, just on time for the blue hour. So I figured, let’s give it a try and finish up this roll.

Shooting in low light with such a slow film was not in my plan, for that I used CineStill 800 instead, that’s why I wasn’t carrying a tripod with me. That explains why these pictures aren’t perfect but I think they are good enough to show the potential of this film in low light. I can’t remember the exact settings for each frames but I believe they were all shot at f/2.8 and 1/30 sec with a 35mm Summicron.

After posting some of these pictures, people often asked me if I made any adjustments on the colors. The answer is NO. The only adjustments I authorized myself was to add a bit of contrast to compensate the flatness caused by my scanner.

If you are not familiar with Kodak Ektar yet, this film is famous for its vivid and very saturated colors. This doesn’t alway work, especially with skins tones but in low lights this won’t be a problem. During the blue or even the golden hour, you can take advantage of these properties to create a colder or warmer atmosphere in your picture.

The simple trick I used here was to exposed for the highlights instead of the shadows like we would normally do when shooting film. Then I gave the roll to my local lab who developed it normally.

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