Ektar Success

I have complained about Kodak Ektar film in the past, saying that the colours always came out weird and I couldn’t fix them in lightroom. I sent a roll to a film lab in Seoul not long ago and was delighted to see the scans I got from them a couple of days later. No weird colours and I had to do almost nothing to adjust them. If the next roll of Ektar gives good results, it’s going to be the film I use for most projects.


You can see that this film gives the quality of digital cameras with its very fine grain and sharpness while having the colour and je ne sais quoi of film that makes it so attractive. I cropped this photo to get my shadow out.


The colours are very strong but pleasing. I trimmed again to cut out the street on the right.


I went to the cat shop while downtown and found this kitty staring at the door handle, maybe trying to figure out how to use it. He possibly wanted to escape, but, after some gentle nudging back into the shop, he/she settled for a head scratch.


It’s always nap time for someone at the cat shop. Ektar handles flourescent lighting quite well. Or the lab’s scanner does. Ektar was designed to be scanned, so I suppose it’s a combination of both.


These aren’t the colours I saw, but they are the colours I wanted.


Some days after making a few photos down town, I visited Obong Confucian School up in the mountains. I wanted to see how traditional buildings would look on Ektar film. I love photographing traditional buildings and I wanted to use a high quality film with good colour to do it. I thought about using Velvia, but it’s more than twice the cost of most negatives films and more expensive to get developed and printed. So I tried Ektar, which is very fine-grained, colourful, easy to scan, and not too expensive. I was very pleased with the results.


The name for this traditional painting style is dancheong, which literally means red-green.  I really like the aquamarine(?) of the doors.


Trying to compose this photo of the gate roof with the camera pointed nearly straight up was neck-breaking. I thought about buying a right-angle viewfinder for the F6 until I saw the prices. Cheaper to get physical therapy done on my neck.


I made a photo of doors, my backpack, and the tin of coffee I was drinking to use up the last frame on the roll. Then, while the camera was still on the tripod, I put in a roll of Fuji Provia 100F and made the same photo.


I can’t say one is better than the other. It depends on what effect you’re after, vivid or neutral. I will probably continue to photograph with the Ektar for the time being as it produces a more cheerful version of the buildings. Unless I start getting the weird results again . . . .

Anyway, I hope that my next roll of Ektar turns out this well. I have a roll of it on the shelf but I want to use up my remaining few rolls of Provia 100F before putting it in the camera. Given the windy weather these days, that might take a while . . . .



4 thoughts on “Ektar Success

  1. Yeah it is quite a naturalistic colour, but warm – I think they all look very good actually, so go on using it.
    Two things though – a cat shop and you have to leave your shoes outside? And tinned coffee? What will they think of next!

    1. If you saw the amount of phlegm that men spit on the sidewalks, you would completely understand the need to keep street shoes away from kitty. The tinned coffee is probably 33% creamer, 33% sugar, 33% caffeine, and 1% coffee. Great for people like me who don’t like coffee! It’s quite creamy, so nice to drink. You can get tinned milk tea as well, but it’s horrible,

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