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This film, called Ektachrome 320T EPJ — the "T" for tungsten lighting, like your old-skool incandescents — is no longer made, and no tungsten light-balanced film this fast is made any longer. My rolls expired in 2005. I had these processed at about the same time, and likewise are recent to my flickr page. Fast films are such because they can capture low light better.

The trade-off with fast films — tungsten- or daylight-balanced — is that they are grainier than slow, daylight films (like my Kodachromes). But I'm one of those photographers who considers graininess a big plus. For one, it allows you to avoid needing a tripod in low light (all the shots in this post were hand-held). It's a quality absent to digital imaging. Try using your digital camera in low light, and you'll get a lot of "noise". With film, it's just grainier. It adds a special dimension I really love.

I should let you decide to continue on and see what these look like. )
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The results are in. My favourite two three are here. There rest are on my flickr page.




[Keep in mind: I was fortunate to even have had this sitting in my freezer for the last couple of years and managed to buy it for about 40% off regular price (of about $27) two years ago — so about $18. The going price for these on the pleaBay lately is $90. And mind you, they're all expired, and they have to be in the freezer all the time (up to 2-3 days at cool ambient temps is usually acceptable) or they'll spoil.]
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I am 31 exposures into my first shot roll of Kodak Ektachrome EIR film, which was loaded yesterday in the complete darkness of a camera changing bag after some friends and I watched a Mexican wrestling event at Harbourfront Centre (colourful and great burlesque theatre, and at no cost!). Since starting on this Kodachrome stretch of shooting, I vowed that all colour film going through my 35mm cameras for the next 17 months will be nothing but Kodachrome notwithstanding (we love to make use of the annoying notwithstanding clause here) Ektachrome EIR.

So what's the big deal here?

Ektachrome EIR is probably one of the strangest colour films ever put on sale. )

In any case, I finally felt that yesterday was the day that I'd pull out one of my three remaining rolls and shoot it as an experiment. I need to get through the roll fairly quickly, but I also want the quality of what gets shot to be fairly worthwhile. Aside from taking pictures of some friends (and letting one take a picture of me, so to see how purple-dyed hair looks), I've shot a few familiar scenes — including the most unexpected coincidence today.

A year ago this week — 363 days, to be exact — I was walking beside the railway line near my home when I saw this guy reading a book in a somewhat precarious, but neat perch: atop an electrical box for switching the railway track routing. So I asked then if I could shoot a frame of him, and he said sure. Today, at about the same time of day, I saw him for the first time since. I like to walk that stretch regularly, but had not seen him again before today. We talked a bit this time, introduced ourselves, and I shared that the photo of him reading a book turned out well (and gave him the link to view it). He allowed me to shoot him with Ektachrome EIR today, and I expect it, along with the rest, to look positively surreal. The difference this time is he was looking at me, semi-posed on his perch, so it should prove to be an interesting shot.

So that's pretty much the boring dope on why I'm excited to shoot this film. I know I'm a nerd, but I'm amongst company here, right (please say yes please say yes please say yes)? :)


p.s.: If anyone's interested, I'll post some of the better results (touch wood!) in a future posting.
A photog geek who's been shooting for decades stopped using his Kodachrome years ago. Today, he pretty much unloaded onto me his entire three dozen roll stash for a pittance. These are the Kodachrome rolls that come with pre-paid processing, which are illegal in the U.S. (the processing part, not the film itself), so all I have to do is slap a stamp on them and wait for them to get back to me without paying a penny further. I was paying CAD$13 a roll for processing using American-market Kodachrome, which are in a black metal cartridge (as nearly all 35mm films are). The pre-paids are in red metal cartridges.

I cannot even begin to express how ecstatic I am. I will be shooting Kodachrome like I'm on crystal meth. :D

(This means probably nothing to anybody who reads this anyway — do they read this anyway? — but to me, this is the jackpot as the clock runs down to zero on 30 November 2010.)

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