Bishop Castle on AGFA Precisa CT 100

No great art to be found here, just a family outing, really.  My bro was in town, we went to Bishop Castle in southern Colorado which this guy has been building by hand for the last 40 years or so.  I used about half of my roll of AGFA Precisa CT 100 on this outing.  Honestly if I did it again I’d have to get a wider lens or use a different camera.  Most of the shots are using a 35mm lens and it just isn’t wide enough to get everything in that I want to, but that’s life.  I don’t think the pictures are too amazing, but this is the kind of stuff that I’ve been doing for the last 5 years now, just documenting things and life the way people used to do it: on film.

Again, I think AGFA Precisa is probably rebranded Fuji Provia 100F.  I think it looks great myself, and it cost me half of what a “real” roll would have.  I hope they make more, because right now people seem to be selling it for way too much.  Don’t buy it unless you can get it for cheap.

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More on slides: AGFA Precisa CT 100 (and more bracketing)

Which according to the internet (so it must be true), is rebranded Fuji that didn’t meet quality standards.  Despite what the saleslady said when I bought it (“It’s not Fuji!”), I don’t think it’s Agfachrome, don’t think it’s actually made by AGFA (their film is sold by and as Rollei now), and since the box said “Made in Japan” as well as the film canister coming in the standard Fuji plastic container, I’m going to have to go with the internet on this one.  As far as quality goes, I’d say it looks great, I have no complaints there at all; perhaps the colors aren’t as wild as Velvia 50 but it does make up for it in other areas.  I bracketed some shots I wasn’t sure about, but the differences are pretty minute compared to the Velvia.  Whether this is Provia or possibly Astia, this is a much more forgiving film, and I might have gotten away with not bracketing at all.  It’s something that’s good to know in case I get one chance at a particular shot: at the very least I won’t have to worry as much.  Here’s what I mean:

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f/11 250                 f/9.5 250                 f/8 250   on a 35mm lens

And again, this time a whole stop apart:

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f/5.6 500               f/4 500                   f/2.8 500    on a 100mm lens

I think in both cases, the middle picture seems most correct to me, judging by color.  So with this film, the penalty for fudging your exposure by a stop or so is that the colors will be slightly different–you’re not really in danger of missing the shot.  As far as I remember, the light meter told me the shots on the left, the ones on the right were the reading of my hand against a green background.

I picked up this film to try because it was quite a bit cheaper ($8/roll) and would do so again if I could find any more.  It seems stocks are depleted and prices are high now, so unless you can get this cheap you’re better off with the real Fuji Provia 100F.  As with the last roll, I used the Canon AE-1 that was gifted to me, and most of my pictures were taken with a 35mm lens that was also gifted to me.  Here’s one more series that my brother insisted I get a picture of; I think I’d go far left this time as the most correct-looking:

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f/11 125                 f/8 125                  f/5.6 125   on a 35mm lens
You’re welcome, Jake.

In other news, I will be going for a minor in Visual Arts, emphasis in photography, because I’m not busy enough already with all my music stuff.  Yay for me.  Actually, I’ve found that I really enjoy taking pictures and want to continue taking photography classes.  Also, this will give me a good excuse to spend more money on cameras.