The Pentax 67 gets a lot of attention from the film photography community, especially for the 105mm f2.4 lens. It mostly gets attention for portraits, but that isn’t really my forte. I tend to shoot the life around me, and that includes the plant life growing in the lot next to my home. I shot this roll of Cinestill 400D pushed 1 stop just as a test roll, but I ended up really liking the abstract painting-like results I got, and wanted to share them with you.
Cinestill 400D Pushed 1 Stop
Cinestill’s new color film was an exciting release to the film community when it came out, but unfortunately with the high prices of color film right now, it is not getting much attention. At the time I purchased the film was during their backer campaign and it was affordable. When compared to Kodak Portra 400 it is still relatively affordable.
Kodak Portra 800 has been my go-to film for a while now, but the price for a roll is just unjustifiable, so I was so happy to see that a roll of Cinestill 400D pushed 1 stop to 800 created really nice results.
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This film is a little colder than Portra 400 and 800. It leans a little to the blue tones, but I don’t really mind that. It showcased the beautiful blue sky that I saw the day I took these photos. There was also a cold front that day, so I want the photos to be on the cold side.
Abstract Nature on Film
When taking pictures of foliage in a wooded area, it can be difficult to make one thing stand out in a sea of greens and browns. That is when this lens really shines. The background blur melded together all of the colors creating what looks to me like an abstract painting. This is a great example of how having the right lens can elevate something mundane into something pleasing to the eye.
Cinestill 400D pushed 1 stop to 800 may end up being my new go-to film for projects I have been working on. It makes me sad to have to give up Kodak Portraits 800, but I just can’t afford it.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and the photos. I am still so tired and busy (in a good way) with our new baby daughter, so it has been really difficult to find time and energy to develop, shoot or film videos. But I am not giving up on this blog or my channel. It means too much to me and I still have several projects, zines and reviews coming. Thanks for sticking with me! Be sure to follow me on instagram or Facebook where I post regularly.
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4 thoughts on “Abstract Nature on Cinestill 400D pushed 1 Stop”
They do look great!!! For some reason, I have never pushed color film. Have you tried Lomography Color Negative 800, it’s about $40 for a 3 pack.
I have tried Lomo 800 and like it but it went up it’s $47 a pack plus shipping so ends up pretty much being the same as Portra
I think these are really beautiful photos – plants are always interesting to me. In particular, I like the first one.
Thank you! That’s my favorite too.