Let's start out by celebrating in the fact that I've unlocked the power of color film development IN. HOME!! I can't be more excited about it and for the life of me understand what took me so damn long to do it. It's actually easier than black and white development in that I don't have to worry about development times. Development times are all the same for C-41 processing assuming I shoot the film at box speed. Big THANK YOU to the Film Photography Project for hosting a bad ass podcast and making home development so accessible. Much thanks!
Next step will be E-6, but let me celebrate C-41 for about 4 weeks and then tackle that.
Ok... why are these portraits a big deal? I'll tell you. This is the first round of me using my newly acquired Leica M7 in studio. No, the M7 is not really a great studio camera since it only syncs at a staggery slow 1/50 of a second, BUT... for portraits it get the job done well. Is it my go to for film studio portraits? Ehh, not really, but I am in love with the results and working with the Leica name. It does feel dreamy for sure.
As you can tell in these portraits, the color tone changes just a touch from one to the next. Not sure yet why that is. Could be the film, my developing, or something else I can't think of. It's not a bad change, just not consistent. If I really wanted too, I could color correct it a bit in post processing, but I'm in the film game to do that as little as possible.
I hope you enjoy Ms. Lauren Cantrell's portrait set. I enjoyed taking them and developing AT HOME that very day.
Cheers to progression.
- Film: Fuji Superia 400
- Camera: Leica M7
- Lens: Zeiss ZM 35mm f2.8
- Lighting: Paul C. Buff