Film Photography: New Kodak Portra 400 in St. Michaels, Maryland

So yesterday's post was of Fuji Astia slide film taken in St. Michaels; today it's still St. Michaels, but with the new Kodak Portra 400 film. Even though you might be in the same setting, you shoot different subjects with negative film and slide film. Slide film is great for landscapes, water, and bright sun. It's not quite as good for store fronts or objects, unless they are well lit by strong sun. Negative film, like the Kodak Portra below, is less saturated and contrasty, but it's also more realistic and closer to what the naked eye sees.

Which film is best? I think it's up to the viewer. Depending on my mood I like them both equally. That's one of the most amazing things about shooting film that I think we miss with digital cameras. You may gain incredible flexibility, but you can't pick and choose film knowing that it will give you a specific look. Of course, you can spend hours in front of the computer making your digital pictures look like a certain film or spend hundreds of dollars on software to mimic said film, but you'll still have a digital image that's "almost film."

I only shot one roll (12 shots) of the new Portra, but here are several shots from that roll.

The St. Michaels Marina

Walking the St. Michaels Harbor Dock

Cannon in St. Michaels Harbor

Roses Adjacent to the Farmers Market in the Harbor

Backyard Tree by the Dock in St. Michaels

Boats in St. Michaels Harbor

Sky and Water Along the Miles River

This picture is very similar to this one and taken at almost the same time of day. Yet the level of saturation and concentration of the picture taken with the Fuji slide film is much deeper and richer than that of the Portra negative film.