Here is my winter vacation project. Not just making photos with the F6 and Kodak’s new Ektachrome film, but learning how to expose slide film well. At the moment I find myself second-guessing the light meter all the time. “Will that white patch come out overexposed?” “Will his face look dark on the film?” “Should I use a spot meter here? +1? or +1.3 compensation?” I am going to keep careful records of every frame I make in the camera so I can study them alongside the developed film. No more haphazard photography. I’m going to master the medium of slide film. To this end, I’m going to use nothing but this camera and this film for at least the next two months. And it’s a good time to experiment with Ektachrome, because the lab I use in Seoul is offering half-price development and scanning for Ektachrome until April to celebrate the return of Kodak slide film.

So, it’s all E100 from now on. Except for a digression to try out this Fomapan black and white slide film. I think they are the only company to make it now, and I want to try black and white slide film before it disappears from history. I bet it looks great. The lab I mentioned above will develop it. Oh ho ho. It’s going in the F80, which has a dependable meter.

Not only do I want to practise getting perfect exposures, but I also want to practise slowing down. I don’t know why, but I have a tendency to rush. Especially when photographing in populated areas. Maybe I’m worried about having someone tell me off or call the police on me. Because I’m quickly pressing the shutter and scurrying off, I tend to waste a lot of film by not being careful about framing and exposure. Also, I always feel like I need to use up the 36 frames on a roll of film, like they’ll go bad if I don’t speed through them. I need to get out of that state of mind so I don’t waste even more film. It’s not cheap.

If I succeed in getting a better technique and not rushing film through the camera, I’ll have far fewer photos at the end of each month. But, I’ll have more keepers, and that’s a better outcome for my pocketbook and my art.

4 thoughts on “Ekta-Master

  1. That's a great attitude Marcus – if someone is going to look at you holding a camera ANYWAY, then a few seconds or a few minutes won't make any difference!Good luck with the slide film – it's a great idea – haven't taken a slide in a long long time.


  2. Film photography is a lot about slowing down. I don’t know if it helps Marcus but like you I’ve more than one film camera. Most have films loaded in various stages of usage – sometimes I’m developing a film which spans several months of living. But as you know I’m predominantly B&W which has a longer lifespan than colour – so maybe this is no help at all. I’ll stop rambling now…;)Keep shooting film, whatever!


  3. I had three or four cameras with film in them, but I'm down to two. The F6 with E100 and the F80 with black and white. I hope to average about one roll a week, which shouldn't give the film enough time to go bad.Ramble all you want. 🙂


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