When I sent away my two rolls of Agfa CT Precisa 100 for development, I also sent two rolls of negatives. A roll of Ektar 100 and a roll of Portra 400. The kitty-cat above is from the Ektar and it was made on the Zeiss Ikon ZM sitting on a tripod. You have to get the cats when they are sleepy or making a photo of them with a manual focus rangefinder is impossible. This photo turned out well, but I can rarely get colours I’m satisfied with from Ektar. I don’t know why I bought five rolls of the stuff for my test . . . .
I’m still editing the photos from the negative film on my computer and the slide film on my lightbox. I love looking at slides in a lightbox, but it can be a bit hard on the eyes. I thought I was going blind this evening but I just forgot to focus the loupe. 🙂 I’m going to mount the best slides once I’ve finished my final selection and then send them away for scanning. I don’t want to ruin the film with clumsy fingers, so I’ve been pulling old slide film out of my 2006 binder to practise cutting and mounting. 2006 is when I first started using slides film and most the photos from that time are just exercises I did for a photo class. It was a bit of a massacre at first, but I’m getting pretty straight cuts now. I should have enough skill in mounting slides by the time I’m ready to do it with my latest film.
Going through the trouble of getting a perfect exposure, sending the film away for expensive development, and then peering at the photos on a lightbox seems the photographic equivalent of wearing a hairshirt, but holding a mounted slide in my hand makes me feel like I’ve really created something. It’s not a collection of 1s and 0s and it’s not a scanner’s interpretation of negative film — it’s a finished and unique thing.