Sunday night I hit up a show at The IndependentSF. Originally I went to shoot some photos of my homeboy who plays guitar for Planet Booty but unfortunately It was a last minute thing on a sunday and I couldn’t find a film store that was open to buy more Ilford Delta 3200 and I only had about 30 shots in my camera. Anyways, what ended up happening was the opening act came, this dude Kosha Dillz. He came out solo DJing his own shit and single handedly rocking the shit out of the joint. I couldn’t not shoot photos of this dude. I literally saved the last few shots on my roll to take a few portraits of him outside after the show. Moral of the story is…When you shoot film, you never get what you expected. Follow Kosha Dillz on twitter here and check out his shit, its mad original.
I used to shoot a lot of Ektar 100 but lately I’ve been experimenting with so many different types of film that its taken the back seat this last year. I know a lot of people sweat this film pretty hard and I have to admit It, when exposed correctly the colors are off the hook. I’m a big fan of shooting Ektar in open shade because it has amazing natural contrast. Anyways, my homegirl Vanessa hit me up about shooting some photos of her in a dress she made. As soon as I saw it I knew I was going to get down on some Ektar. The colors were so bright and distinct I had to. Check out Vanessa HERE and keep tabs on her work, its dope as fuck.
MADLOVE – Scottylib
Nell is the kind of chick that props her window open with a high heel and “bites the dog that bit her” with a half pint of Jack Daniels at 12 in the afternoon, you know…the classy type. She starts rifling through her closet half naked looking for something to wear, I start loading my Hasselblad with some Kodak Portra 160VC. I didn’t realize until after the film was loaded it was 2 years expired (01/2010). I have no problem with shooting expired film, when I was 7 my father drank a quart of 3 week expired milk in front of me. I fear no expiration. When I got the film developed I was surprised that there was very little color shift. The only notable aspect of the film was deep reds became muddy in direct sunlight. I shot a few photos of Nell up against a brick wall and the colors were overwhelming (I’m pretty sure this was due to the expiration of the film) but everything shot in window light/overcast was pretty on point. I don’t shoot a lot of film under ISO 400 because its usually not fast enough for my style but I definitely appreciate the quality. Portra 160VC seems to be a pretty rare film nowadays so if you see any, make sure you cop that shit because it most definitely does not age like milk.
In this episode I shot Kodak Portra 800 with my homegirl Moe at Grooves record store. I’ve never shot Portra 800 before and was apprehensive of how it would hold up indoors with the windows blocked by records (see photo above) on an overcast day. Luckily most of the records Moe was interested in were up front near the open window (if she was into contemporary classical I would have been fucked). Only thing to be careful about when shooting Porta 800 is make sure you don’t UNDERexpose your shots too much. Photos I took deeper in the shop where there was less light… looked like shit, very grainy and a significant loss of color and depth. I always tend to overexpose color negative film and Porta 800 looks awesome when properly exposed, definitely taking it out again real soon. We had a blast at Grooves. Moe got some sick records, I got some cool shots, no one Instagramed anything and everyone was happy.
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MADLOVE – Scottylib