Special Guest Star

Eldest son, armed with a Nikon F100–Had a little walkabout to talk about composition (of which I know very little, so…..🤣)

He insisted on focusing manually (which is pretty impressive, actually…) and we developed, scanned and critiqued these together afterward, so I guess there is some hope for the lad.


Capture One

The photo below is the best I could do in LR.  It is properly white-balanced, and development seemed spot-on.  However, try as I might, I just could not get it properly colour-corrected.  (And believe me…I tried.  Multiple things, multiple times…)

The thing is, that’s not how the scene actually looked.  The strange magenta and blue tonality in the shadows was extremely perplexing…especially since another roll of UltraMax 400 developed at exactly the same time did not exhibit a similar phenomenon.

(Huh…film, right? 🤷‍♀️)

In any case, at the advice of one of you (sorry…can’t remember exactly who at present–will have to go back and figure it out!) I decided to give the Capture One demo a try.

I had to watch a few webinars to get the hang of it at first (not really LOVING the interface compared to LR at present…) but I was quite satisfied with the result I was able to obtain:

I have come to the conclusion…

…that this 2016 UltraMax 400 is kind of junky.  It doesn’t push all that well any more, and rather wants to be shot at base ISO.

That being said, if you play your cards just right with it, you can get some rather exquisite-looking portraits.

These were shot at ISO 1600, and pre-flashed in Rodinal.

Roll Twelve – 100RP

I hesitate to call it a roll, because it’s mostly dog…but I guess you take what you can get.


UltraMax 400 pushed to ISO 800.  This roll expired in 2016, and probably wanted to be shot at base ISO.  Quite a few left of this vintage…