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Portra is for Portraits – My first few rolls of Color Film

Prior to loading this roll of Kodak Portra 160 into my Hasselblad, I’d only shot one roll of Kodak TMAX 400. I remember it was a brisk February afternoon in 2014 and I was so excited to get out and make some portraits. The only problem was that I had no one to photograph at the moment so I drove over to my climbing gym and was grabbing anyone who was willing.

The good thing about using an old school film camera is that people feel less intimidated by your equipment and actually show more of an interest in it.

I had tons of fun with this roll, but I quickly learned that focusing and framing on the waist level finder was extremely difficult – especially when shooting wide open. I missed the focus on the eyes for a number of these frames, but I’m just so in love with the beautiful colours produced with this film. I also discovered that both of my film backs had light leaks in them 😐

Feb 2014

Kodak Portra 160

Hasselblad 500CM

Zeiss 80mm f2.8 Planar T*


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