Kodak Porta 160 | First Rolls Series

An honest display of my first roll of Kodak Porta 160 in Northern Scotland.

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A photo of me with the Pentax and Zeiss 20mm. This same road scene is featured in a photo below taken with the Zeiss below. Note: Julia took this photo with my Canon R6 AND the same Takumar 50mm f1.4 used in most of these film photos. I then applied my Kodak-ish profile in Lightroom to bring back a similar vibe. I think it’s a nice touch, in an effort to match the theme. However, the digital photo of me was edited about a full two weeks before we ever got the film photos developed, so I guess we never “knew” that it would match. | Canon R6 + Super Takumar 50mm f1.4

Recently we had the opportunity to go over (and up) to Northern Scotland for a family wedding in Inverness.

My standard kit included my Canon R6 and Leica Monochrom like always. This time I also brought the Pentax Spotmatic and a roll of Portra 160.

I was a bit apprehensive about how Porta would turn out in the mostly overcast days we had for most of the trip. My film shooting friends warned about how 160 was going to need a lot of light.

Even more, my wife had just gotten her roll of Portra 160 developed as well, and she wasn’t too pleased with her results. So it was mentally a gamble in my head if I should’ve brought Portra or my other roll I had laying around (Ultramax 400).

To match this requirement I brought my Takumar 50mm f1.4 and in most situations I never actually needed to shoot wide open at f1.4. Most shots were in the f2–4 range.

All frames ended up coming out properly exposed, but I can’t say the same for my compositions. I found that about 25/36 of the prints/scans were keepers.

Today I’ll share the favorites and less personally niche ones with y’all. All photos are the basic scans provided to us by our local film shop, no edits have been applied. I was pretty happy with a lot of them.

Ultimately I still think I like Kodak Gold 200 “better” for most of my uses, but for Scotland I think Portra 160 was a great pair. This next month I’ll be shooting Kodak Gold again in my Nikon F2, and Kodak Ultramax 400 in the Pentax Spotmatic.

All shots were made with the Super Takumar 50mm f1.4 EXCEPT for two which were shot with my Zeiss 20mm f4.

Comment below if you’d like to see our digital photos as well (from Glasgow and Lochness) in a later post.

Cheers!

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