Portra 800 is lovely film when used correctly, but I wasted most of this roll on a casual bicycle trip around my neighbourhood. I thought this film went through my Nikon F6, but the camera says no 800 film has been in it. Probably the FM3a, then.
The grain at full size in the scans looks a bit bad, but it doesn’t show up that much in the small versions of the photos on this website. It’s good film and useful in any weather, but it’s expensive so I probably won’t buy it again.

‘Older Brother’ Chicken Steak and Cheese Potatoes

Korea is a Confucian society and thus the names for family relationships are many and complex. For example, in English we just say ‘brother’, but in Korean the word depends on if you are a male or a female and if the sibling is older or younger than you. The word ‘brother’ on this sign is the one used by a woman to address her older brother. It’s also used by women to address boyfriends who are older than them. Sounds weird, but then some male English speakers call their girlfriends ‘mama’ or ‘baby’, which is just as strange/creepy if you think about it.

Abandoned House

Another photo of modern apartments looming over old traditional houses. I’m always keeping an eye out for this sort of scene because it’s so striking.

Electric Bicycle

I think at this point I think I was trying to waste film. There were only a couple of frames left on the roll and I had arrived home.


Last frame on the roll. A worthy subject to end on.

4 thoughts on “Kodak Portra 800

  1. I haven’t shot this film yet, in part because of cost. It’s not like I can’t afford it. I can. But somehow for the la-de-da shooting I usually do I don’t see the point in spending the extra. Might as well use the $3/roll films.


    1. Yes, for casual photography and sharing online, a cheap film is just as good. I’ll probably just buy something cheap the next time the film bug bites me. Or stick to black and white film, which usually isn’t too expensive.


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