Satisfaction

Some time ago I was in despair about using film because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted from labs. So last week when the lab man asked, “When do you want these prints?” I told him to take his time and just send a text when they were ready. In the past he generally rushed them to meet a deadline and that’s why I wasn’t getting decent prints. Probably. I was very satisfied with the 8×10 and 8×12 prints I got today and here are some scans from those.

Man walking through downtown alley
Zeiss Ikon ZM, Ilford Delta 400

I set up the camera and arranged my composition on this rainy day. A few minutes later this man came around the the corner and I pressed the shutter release button. To make it seem like I wasn’t taking his photo I laughed and pretended that I just had bad timing. He laughed and went on his way.

Zeiss Ikon ZM, Ilford Delta 400
Zeiss Ikon ZM, Ilford Delta 400

This bricked-up and boarded-up door looked interesting. I don’t know what the lump of concrete in the lower right corner might be for.

Zeiss Ikon ZM, Ilford Delta 400
Zeiss Ikon ZM, Ilford Delta 400

While eating dinner at a chicken noodle soup restaurant in the market I made this photo of an ox head soup restaurant. You can see traditional Korean pots set into the counter in the foreground.

Contax 645, Portra 400
Contax 645, Portra 400

Just rocks.

Contax 645, Portra 400
Contax 645, Portra 400

Just dust. In the wind. Is all we are. These graves are on a hill near Jukheon Reservoir. Portra 400 film is lovely because it almost looks like the scene has been drawn rather than photographed.

Contax N1, Portra 800
Contax N1, Portra 800

I don’t normally use ISO 800 film because it’s so grainy but I had a roll in the fridge that was getting close to its expiration date so I put it in my SLR and used it up.

Contax N1, Portra 800
Contax N1, Portra 800

The grain isn’t quite so noticeable in the 4×6 print.

Contax N1, Portra 800
Contax N1, Portra 800

I was very happy with this photo and it looks good as an 8×12 print. I don’t think I’d want to print any larger, though. In the print the chillies aren’t such a bright red but both versions look good. This photo was made near Central Market. Many old people who have houses and land buy a large bag of chillies in the autumn and then dry them in the sun. The chillies turn a beautiful deep red and become translucent. Some are ground up for chilli powder and some are used in recipes.

I have some more film to bring to the lab on Monday and I hope they will do a good job again. I don’t mind waiting five days if the work isn’t rushed.

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