Friday, 18 January 2019

A New World Order

I packed several rolls of 35mm film for my trip to Calcutta this winter, including a couple of unusual choices. One of them was CineStill 800T, a fast (ISO 800) tungsten-balanced colour negative film made from motion-picture film stock. I shot with it in a variety of lighting situations, including in daylight without the prescribed 85B filter, just to see the colour rendition.

I have to say I'm not a fan yet – or maybe (since I've seen some interesting photos by other photographers using this film) I just haven't figured out how best to use it. But I found it had an interesting psychological effect. While I had CineStill in my camera, I found myself looking out for "cinematic" shots (whatever that means). Later, staying with the theme, I cropped some of the photos to a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Here is one of the photos from the roll which I did like, taken from the balcony of Saldanha Bakery. I call it: Stray Cats and Upturned Chairs: A New World Order.

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