I’ve been experimenting with films of late, trying to get out of the safety of using my choice films [mainly Fujifilm Velvia]. I’ve been using some Kodak Film to play around with, purchasing one roll as I go along in the event that maybe they will turn out too uneventful (read: shit).
One film that caught my eye was the Rollei Nightbird Film (courtesy of Lofico). I did a search on Flickr to see example images of the redscale film and purchased a roll, along with a 35mm adapter for my Holga 120CFN. So this experiment was doomed for hit-and-miss-ville, but everything turned out surprisingly well. There was a lot of guesswork into the amount of clicks I needed to rewind (in the end, I ended up winding by ‘feel’.. three small winds to the next shot). It also helps if you have a great photo lab that understands this, and aligns the images for you.
Some of the images that were shot in low light, came out brighter than I expected, and vice versa. I’m not sure what the deal is there, but as everything turned out better than I expected, it is definitely something I’m going to be experimenting with in the upcoming weeks. I avoided playing around with the focus on the Holga as well and kept every shot on Portrait just to see what would happen. I found my images were blurry with and without focusing, and have been trying to limit shutter movement by releasing quicker. Haven’t seen much change.
Here are the images that were successfully developed – Click on an image to enter the photo gallery:
If you would like me to experiment with a film, or have any recommendations, I’d be happy to hear from you!