Leng Yein and the encounter with 35mm film

Welcome ladies and gents ( I expect only Gents though, rarely have any ladies here).  I just uploaded some new shots from a model shoot I participated last weekend thank again to Cruizer176!

Once again the model is the ever so sexy Leng Yein which some of you may rememeber from my previous model session with her.

Though this time I decide I should try and give myself a challange for this model shoot in order to improve my skill and force me to think before I take a shot. I would only shoot film and only used digital if I couldn’t get the bloody correct exposure due to limited high ISO film or if I had ran out of film (only brought 5 folls that weekend).

So with that personally challange set, I went off to the secret location for the model shoot.

Another reason why I was shooting film because my Nikon F4 recently came back from the workshop and I wanted to see if everything was in perfect order and what better way than to bring it for a shoot.

So here is what I brought for the model session:

1. 2 rolls of Fujifilm Neopan 400
2. 1 roll of Fujifilm Provia 100F
3. 1 roll of Fujifilm Provia 400X
4. 1 roll of Fujifilm Superia 400

Although I did shoot some digital shots after I ran out but everything you see in this entry was shot using film and later composed into many composite shoots using CS3 using some ideas I learned from teetoo (hehehe don’t kill me buddy!).

After getting them all developed, I then proceeded to scan them in using my Canoscan 8800F which hasn’t been seeing any action lately.

So let’s start off with the first pic above, show using Provia 400X, I had been itching to use this film again and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it another go! Though it seems the film was cooler side this time rather then the perfect color tone, at first I had though the film had expired but the expiry was well into next year and I had kept this film frozen in the freezer since I got them. Maybe I needed to exposed for longer.


Tragically, this shot is best seen with a black background. Click on the photo to view it in my smugmug account. Some would say I wasted a lot of shots but prefer to think of it as forcing myself to bloody think about what I wanted. Another friend who saw all my film shots noted I didn’t a lot of them in my composites but I try to actually keep my composite shots simple and clean. Too many just makes it hard to tell the viewer what you want them to see. So tip here, if you want to try composite shots, keep it simple and clean with a nice flow, imagine where they’re eyes will travel if you show them then optimize it so that it doesn’t trouble them to look back and fourth between areas in your photos.

I had intially added a nice black border around this pic but after looking at it again, it seemed the black border had somehow felt wrong as the background for this pic felt “distrupted” for the lack of a better term. So I removed it but I had to then add my watermark onto the pic instead of the border which again felt like I had again distrupted the pic though not that much so I decided to leave it be.

An interesting happen before I took the shot, I had used a roll of Fujifilm Superia 400 before this (this was taken using Fujifilm Provia 100F), all the shots taken using the superia totally bombed! The grain were horrible! The colors were total disaster! Exposure was completely off! Sharpness was next to nothing (I know its not my gear as the shots taken with slide all looks fine). It look like something taken by a Malaysian designed camera! (not that there is such a thing but you get the idea).

Luckily I had only shot with one roll of the crap and it hadn’t even expired yet! It seems I may have gotten a bad roll from what another friend told me when I showed him the shots.

I don’t know but I have never been a fan of negative films such as Fujifilm Superia or Kodak Gold. They have never been my cup of forte before and I guess it will never be after this latest shoot. I’ve heard that they are actually easier to use as the offered more exposure latitude or EV and color wise offer higher rendition values. Also they are cheaper but then I seem to get for what I paid for which is crap.

This seem rather contrary to what I have witness though as all my experience with negative film have always been subpar. There are other pet  peeves I have with negative film like the fact I can’t really see what I have taken using a light table unless I have a contact sheet made of it.  Which adds extra cost.  Has anyone had better lucky with negative film? It just doesn’t seem to work for me. At first I thought the contact sheet had been screwed up so I decided to have them scanned in anyway but the result is just as I feared. Total crapness.

In any event, I still prefer to use slide or positive film as I can see them right off the film without having to invert my brain or a contact sheet printed.

This is what I am talking about, Fujifilm Provia 100F! I very well tempted to have this printed out at wallpaper size at paste it on my bedroom wall.

Here is a wider shot. Though the sky had turned into an overcast and I forgot to adjust my settings accordingly.

This was actually taken at the start of the shoot. I got a lot of weird stares and comments when people noticed I was using a film camera rather than a digital one. This one was taken using Fujifilm Neopan 400.

So what I have I learned from this experience? Nothing new except be careful when using negative film. I’ll be uploading my digital shots next!

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3 thoughts on “Leng Yein and the encounter with 35mm film

    • That’s odd. Whenever I use Negative film, all my shots seem to turn out very badly. Not once has I’ve ever taken using Negative film and it would turn out alright.

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