It was a good, nay perhaps even Great film back in the day…That day being where one of the three E-6 labs in a mid-sized city had a line at the counter on a Tuesday morning. Each of the annoyed customers that forming that line tapping their Very Important Feet had between 20 and 200 rolls they dropped off YESTERDAY after last weeks shoot….In that day it was pretty Butt-Saving to at least a few of those shooters to have a solid E-6 emulsion that had a flexible Exposure Index and a color palette that mostly matched the slower versions of what Fuji offered at the time. Yep, saved a few butts back in the day. The grain was pretty good, although nobody expected miracles at EI 1600+. What this film did need was a dedicated tech who could get the best from it and keep a nice tidy clean lab. Those above shooters (stock, ad, editorial) learned about this film from the sports guys, who absolutely could find a use for another stop or two of shutter speed, especially with those ultra-fast shutters Nikon and Canon had recently introduced. 1/500 at 5.6 at a tennis match? Yeah, you can do it, but shooting at 400 and getting 1/2000 at the same f-stop would up the percentage in instant oriented sports coverage. If you could get to 2.8 all the better, correctly exposed in bright light the grain penalty at 400 was hardly objectionable, at least to the photo editors who had suffered thru the recent era of pushed Kodachrome 200.
I cannot recall the name of the above model. It was part of a Pualani bikini photo shoot, and I did a test of a whole bunch of then current film emulsions, and I threw a roll of Fujichrome MS 100-1000 into the mix. I’m pretty sure this was shot at 200 so one stop push. Shot with a Rollei 6008i with a Carl Zeiss Planar80mm f/2.8 lens. My scanner is showing a slight amount of flare, the internal glass of one surface needs a bit of a clean apparently.
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Polina and Scott at a Kahala estate.
The story of their wedding license application was featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser HERE.
I submitted a few shots and the one below was used on the front section jump.
Shot with a Nikon D3 and a Nikkor 50mm f/2 H.C converted to Ai.
I’ve surfed for years with Scott’s father Bob.
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Dennis Pang holds my brand new keel fin fish, 5 foot nine inches of speed. This was back in 2004 or 2005, I still have this board although a cracked fin box has limited the use of this board the last couple of years. The color is a blue resin tint on the bottom and a yellow resin tint on top, which created a green band on the rails where the fiberglass cloth wrapped over. Dennis is a great guy, a fantastic surfer and a highly skilled surfboard shaper. I’ve been getting my boards from him since 1996 or so. Check out his site HERE.
I shot this with a Nikon F-3 with a 28mm f/2 Nikkor-N on the now vanquished Kodachrome 200.
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While digging through my extensive archives, I recently found a roll of ultra rare Fujichrome Fortia. This film was made for release in Japan only for the Cherry Blossom season in 2004 and this first run of film was limited to 4000 rolls of 35mm. It had extreme color and saturation and the color palette was apparently adjusted to accentuate the colors of the cherry blossoms.
I got 2 or 3 rolls of it in 2004 and kept one camera loaded, pulling that body out when I saw something that I thought would look interesting using this very unique and rare film. Above is one frame from a bridal gown magazine editorial shoot. The grass as you can see is super green and the red flowers actually seems to exceed the ability and color gamut of my scanner. Viewing the slide on a light box the reds are simply off the scale, I hope to show this sometime projected.
Again, those purple tones at the top of this sunset are far out of range of what a simple scan can show.
Shot with Nikkor lenses on a Nikon F4s in 2004
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