people of seattle. ilford hp5+@800. april 29. diafine #47.

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It was a bright, sunny day. I shot a roll of color film, Fujifilm 200, and this roll of Ilford HP5+.

I shot these images with the Nikon FM3a, with the Nikkor 50mm 1:2 Lens attached. I have been using the 40mm and 28mm focal lengths lately, and I was surprised at how cramped the lens felt in composing images.

The Fujifilm 200 was shot with the Mamiya 4B Camera, a 40mm 1:2.8 Rangefinder. I sent the roll to Panda Labs in Seattle. The cost of buying color film and getting it developed has become cost-prohibitive. I am investigating developing my own color work.

This couple was an hour away from being married. The Wedding Party was on the street outside the venue with their photographer.

After developing the film in Diafine, I scanned the negatives with the PrimeFilmXE scanner using the VueScan software.

One Reply to “people of seattle. ilford hp5+@800. april 29. diafine #47.”

  1. “The cost of buying color film and getting it developed has become cost-prohibitive.”

    That’s putting it mildly. The cost of color film is way beyond out of control. I pretty much haven’t bought any in several years as a result. Unless prices come down — dramatically — and return to a reasonable place, I will be done shooting C-41 and E-6. I’ve got a small stash of both left, but when it’s gone that’ll likely be it because Kodak and Fujifilm seem to have no interest in their own color film products, at least not beyond using it to milk their loyal customers dry. There is no way consumer C-41 should be $10+ a roll. It shouldn’t even be half that. And E-6 and the “professional” C-41 offerings, well, let’s not even go there as it’s even more ludicrous… In just a few years time many color stocks have increased by 200-400%, and that’s not taking into account greedy third-party sellers jacking the price up well beyond that. It is complete insanity, and there is no logical rationale or justification for it, no matter what nonsensical excuses people try to invent. It’s pretty obvious to me that what we’re dealing with is greed, greed, and more greed — massive exploitation. That’s my opinion, but I don’t see how anyone can think otherwise. I know of no other product, of any kind, that has tripled or quadrupled (or more) in price the way some film has (pretty much all Kodak and Fujifilm products) in such a relatively short timeframe.

    I see you’re giving the XE some exercise, despite now also having the XEs. The scans look good!


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