Tried and Tested Thursday: Street Image Random – Canon Z135 with Kodak Pro Image (Expired)

Note: Tonight’s post came later than expected due to technical difficulties. My sincere apologies

For today’s Tried and Tested Thursday, I will be talking about shooting an expired roll of Kodak Pro Image on a Canon Z135.

A match made in heaven with a simple Point and Shoot and an expired Kodak roll. What could possibly go wrong? Well nothing much, apart from the fact it took me a long while to scan the negatives, which I did happen to do yesterday before writing this blog post longhand. Thankfully the process didn’t take too long.

This was the first time shooting the Pro Image on the Canon Z135. My second time would be later on in 2021, when away in Bognor Regis, although the film was pushed to a stop from 100 to 200.

Keeping a distance in public

For shooting, I went around my local area to a couple of parks and walked through a few quiet residential streets. Normally if I have no or little inspiration whenever out with the camera, I would take photos of random things and see where it goes from there. Sometimes it would take me a  while to get the film(s) developed or scanned, depending whether I want to see the outcome.

I had used Pro Image before on my Canon EOS 500n SLR, mainly for street shots and candids. The film came from the same original five pack, expired in January 2020 and bought from Analogue Wonderland. I wanted to test out the Pro Image on a smaller, simple and sufficient camera like the Canon Z135 to see if there were any comparisons between the SLR.

As expected, some expired film can vary in results, especially colour. Fortunately there were no significant changes or shift in the frames after both processing and scanning; the consistency was the same and smooth, particularly both colour and tones. This film is suited for daylight photography due to its low speed, although I’m guessing it’s possible to chance it with night or low light shooting – I have done this before, with good enough results.

Kodak Pro Image goes hand-in-hand for both street and nature photography, despite this film is mainly for shooting portraits. Pro Image can certainly deliver the goods, plus it caters to wider photographic genres and styles. Not to mention, it’s very useful on Point and Shoot cameras, and film SLR’s, or a Holga (only if a 35mm adapter is used).

For now, I have two remaining rolls left in the drawer, waiting to be inside another camera again. Maybe another manual setting camera…

Take care and stay safe

Tried and Tested Thursday: Image Pro Perfect – Canon Z135 with Kodak Pro Image (Expired and Pushed to 200)

For today’s Tried and Tested Thursday, I will be talking about shooting Kodak Pro Image (expired and pushed) on Canon Z135.

Pushing film has become a favourite of mine recently, since it has a few advantages. From a post not too long ago, I had pushed a roll of Ilford FP4 a stop higher on my Olympus XA2, on my trip to Butlins/Bognor Regis, plus Arundel. Today’s post is from the same trip, but this time in colour on another film and camera. I had brought along four rolls of Kodak Pro Image, which all expired in May 2020, which were all shot exactly a year later (and originally bought around a year prior in 2019). The film was pushed from its 100 speed to 200 when developing.

Shingles Scene: Bognor Regis is full of rocks, and I don’t mean the candy rock

Kodak Pro Image was a Film Friday earlier this year, expired from January 2020. Unlike the Pro Image used while in Butlins, I had purchased the Film Friday five pack film when it already expired.

The camera used was a Canon Z135, a simple Point and Shoot. I didn’t use it for a while, and I wanted to bring a lightweight camera to carry around, especially for long walks. Great for simple functions and settings, as well as ideal for quick snaps. Sadly, the Canon Z135 doesn’t have a setting to change the ISO, hence why the film had to be pushed when processed.

Once all four rolls were developed, I scanned them on my Epson V550 at home. I was anticipating the results. So my thoughts?

Interesting, very interesting. The quality from the scans weren’t always consistent with the outcome varying, in particular the colour shift.

I think that I played it safe to have all four Pro Image rolls pushed to 200. 400 would have been better, probably for low light shots or night photography.

The beach shots stood out for me the most, although after a time, it did get repetitive shooting them everyday. It was fascinating to see the colour quality differ in each shot from the beach – the blues and beiges weren’t consistent; colours shifting in various contrasts and tones. These are negative scans of course, however the quality might be different when printed in the darkroom, all thanks to manual settings and controls.

All Seagulls in a Row in Bognor Regis

The local funfair shots did surprise me the most. As someone who wouldn’t dare to shoot with a film below 400 ISO for night photography (100 speed for the odd occasion), I was impressed with the outcome, mainly the LED lights from the rides. No flash was used as it was late evening, there were surrounding light sources at the funfair, mostly artificial lighting. Fortunately, there was hardly any camera shake when taking the photos.

I have been shooting with expired film for a few years, at times you don’t know what to expect after processing. It can either come out good or bad; in the rare instance, almost blank negatives which have happened to me before… In this case, the expired Pro Image came out better than expected and I am satisfied overall.

I have two Pro Image rolls left, both expired from last year in January. I do hope to shoot them at some point in the near future, maybe on another Point and Shoot like the Canon Z135.

Take care and stay safe

Tried and Tested Thursday: Last Summer in Southend-On-Sea – Canon Z135 with Lomography CN 100

For today’s Tried and Tested Thursday, I will be talking about shooting three rolls of Lomography Color Negative 100 on the Canon Z135.

A throwback from last August down Southend. It was the first time in almost twenty years since I last been; also the first time I took the train to get there from Stratford, and the first time I had been on my own.

My day in Southend consisted of me walking along the beach, going to the pier, having fish and chips, and exploring a few surroundings areas such as Westcliff-on-Sea.

I had documented my day out with my Canon Point and Shoot, mostly around the empty beach. I wanted to create something similar to the style of Martin Parr, but with my own twist by recreating the same ‘back to the camera’ style like I had done in Nice a couple years back. The same Lomography film, different location and different camera.

The image and colour quality were a hit and miss when it came to scanning the negatives. I’m sure the darkroom prints might differ as I would have more control on changing the settings there and then. The scans weren’t too bad, they were almost similar to the Promenade des Anglais results: bold and bright pastel colours. The sky was cloudy in Southend at the time of shooting, which added some character.

I took a few snaps of beach accessories, such as buckets and spades, flip flops and plastic wind spinners. They definitely took me to my childhood growing up in the 90s.

When it came to shooting low light inside the arcades, I wasn’t too worried about the results coming out blurry or fuzzy due to possible camera shake. I was actually anticipating the outcome. I tend to avoid using film indoors unless it is higher than 200 ISO, even sometimes high ISO doesn’t work out well in low light conditions. Most of the arcade shots were blurry, but personally I quite like them especially the artificial bright lights from the games and machines.

The film itself was great to use on bright and sunny days. I have been using Lomography film for a few years and there have been a few hit and miss moments along the way. The Lomography CN 100 is probably one of my favourite films to use on my SLR and P&S cameras, although the outcome can vary. It can be a little forgiving – either negative scan or darkroom produced print, which is a rarity for me to say about colour films.

Take care and stay safe

Tried and Tested Thursday: Canon Z135 – Kodak Tmax 3200 (expired) – A Little Night Photography

For today’s first part of Tried and Thursday, I will be talking about shooting a roll of expired Kodak Tmax 3200 on a Canon Z135.

I began the new year testing out the Kodak Tmax 3200, which expired back in November 2019. I had initially purchased six or five rolls from Analogue Wonderland at a discounted price, and then a month later I would buy another one that would expire the following month of January. I would eventually use this January roll for the next part of my Petrol Station Series.

I decided to try out the Tmax 3200 on a Point and Shoot Canon camera. Like most P&S cameras, there are no manual settings, such as controlling the ISO, shutter or aperture, so I chanced it. I decided to take a few night shots after my shift from work enroute to home, beginning from the zebra crossing, roundabout and street lights, all the way through to the two petrol stations I would pass by and a couple of trees. It may not be as ‘interesting’ however it gave me the chance to find out if high speed film and artificial light go hand-in-hand together. It did prove that once scanning the negatives (and I’m yet to produce  darkroom prints), although the grain was a little fuzzy yet subtle. I didn’t seem to mind; the higher the speed, the more grain you’ll get.

These shots are only tests for now, however I have plans to use the remaining Tmax 3200 rolls on my other cameras in the near future, especially on my Canon EOS 500n SLR with different colour filters: orange, yellow and red. I may consider shooting the film during the day or late afternoon to see if the grain will differ in certain light conditions. Also I would like to do the same with portrait photography on my Canon 50mm 1.8 lens with a couple rolls of the film, just to see a comparison as well in variety genres or styles.

The possibilities are endless with high ISO films!!

Take care and stay safe