So, a few months ago I was fortunate enough to be a joint winner of a competition run by Analogue Wonderland and Kodak Alaris. The prize for that win was a significant haul of Kodak film! It came at a good time, because I was heading out for a summer holiday to the family side of Ibiza for 10 days with the family. I was tempted to take all the film I had, but I culled it to a more sensible measure.
That said, I shot a lot of photos, and used a combination of my Nikon F5 for the more everyday beach stuff, and my Hasselblad 501CM for the evening stuff and the walking around stuff. My thinking was that I’d use the slower light preferring films such as Kodak Ektachrome on the beach, where it was really bright and Sunny 16 rules could easily be applied, and also using the more rugged “sand proof” Nikon F5. And then I’d use Kodak Portra 400 in the Hasselblad for the early evenings where it was still bright but not typical midday sun bright. So I took a lot of traditional family holiday snaps – kids playing on the beach, wife sun bathing etc, and then a lot of us sat around eating and drinking. It sounds boring, but they are the kind of photos I like to look back as the years pass by.
However, I did get a couple of chances to head out. On one morning in particular, my son and I headed out before dawn to get a sunrise snap over the harbor where we stayed which was in Es Canar in Ibiza. It is on the east of the island so obviously suits sunrise photos than sunset photos. We spent a wonderful hour or so, initially in the dark and cooler air, and slowly watched the sky get brighter and more colorful. My son was using my Olympus OM10 with some Fuji Superia 200 which I am using as an economic means to teach him analogue photography techniques. But for him I think it was more about doing photography with his Dad. How many kids ever get to experiences a Mediterranean sunrise these days? I used my Hasselblad loaded with Fujichrome Provia 100 and I have my fingers crossed for some nice shots. It was quite a magical sunrise, because there was a slight band of cloud over the horizon which helped add a diffused colour to the sky, but as the sun reached the horizon, for about 30 seconds, there was a perfect orange ball in the sky that soaked the calm sea with an amazing orange band of light. If I got the exposure right, that will be a wall hanging piece for sure. If I got it wrong, well at least I’ll have the memory, as will my son.
In addition, on one evening, we headed to the west of Ibiza to San Antonio for a sunset meal at the Savannah restaurant. Again, I took a good number of shots of us in the restaurant itself and then as the sun began to set, we headed to the water and shot a couple of frames too using Fujichrome Provia 100, capturing I hope the boats on the water.
So, all in all, this is what I shot over the ten days (for anyone wanting any of these films, I recommend Analogue Wonderland, by the way):
- 10 x Kodak Portra 400 in 120,
- 4 x Kodak Tri-X 400 in 120,
- 6 x Fujichrome Provia 100 in 120
- 1 x Kodak TMAX 100 in 120,
- 4 x Kodak Ektachrome in 35mm,
- 1 x Kodak 2238 in 35mm (B&W),
- 1 x ADOX Silvermax 100 in 35mm (B&W),
- 3 x Fujicolour 200 in 35mm (that my son mostly shot).
I now have to figure out how to develop and process the colour films. I don’t have C-41 or E6 chemistry, and to buy both would be about £85. Then there’s my time developing and scanning it all. I could have it done by my lab, just developed for £130, and then scan it myself. Or for £250, I can have them develop and scan it all. I’ll do the black and white myself, and I just bought freshc chemicals to do so. But even then, 7 rolls of B&W to develop and scan is going to take me a while. Some decisions to be made, but hey, the fun of analogue.