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Portra 800 & TRI-X 400 | Contax 645 | Stephanie

A few weeks ago we met up with Stephanie again after trying for a whole year to arrange another shoot together but having our attempts thwarted by weather and busy diaries! A lot has seemingly changed over the course of a year and we’re now starting to shoot more and more medium format film using our Contax 645. The more I shoot it, the more I want to shoot it, and consequently the less money we have….film and lab costs are not insignificant, but it’s worth it.

Fuji 400H used to be my favourite film, but since shooting a couple of rolls of Portra 800 in Canada, it’s taken over as my favourite colour film. All colour film here was metered with a handheld meter, bulb in and at 45 degrees to the ground. We used a silver full-length reflector on some shots. All black and white film in this post is TRI-X 400 shot at 1600, metered the same way as for Portra 800, and then at the lab it was pushed 2 stops.

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February 28, 2013 - 6:47 pm

Hannah Webster - Beautiful! *swoons*

October 7, 2013 - 1:34 am

Robert - Hi Christian! I recently purchased Film Is Not Dead and took note of Canlas’s metering instructions when shooting Fuji 400h, which you applied in the above shots. I haven’t totally wrapped my head around why he says meter at 45 degrees with the bulb in and was wondering if you could shed some light on what impact it has on your exposures. Had you metered bulb out and perpendicular to the ground, what would your exposures been like?

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