Palm Beach wedding photographer and film shooter, Kat Braman, recently had the band Capitol Cities crash a wedding she was shooting. Was she prepared for the impromptu chaos that would ensue? Rather than scrambling for the nearest digital camera with High ISO capabilities or worrying about limited latitude in inconsistent lighting, Kat shot Safe And Sound like never before. ;-)
"I shoot a lot of indoor ballroom weddings with inconsistent colored and constantly changing lighting. I finally have a color film I can shoot in these conditions and have the images perfectly capture the vibe and atmosphere of the scene." ~Kat Braman
"I love the look of this film, the dynamic range is amazing with plenty of latitude in the scans for adjusting if I wanted to but best of all I don't have to faff around with filters or plugins to make my shots look like film. Forget about faking it, this is the real deal." -Nasir Hamid
Photography by Nasir Hamid, see more on his Simply Oxford photoblog. "I rated the film at ISO500 and shot it in a Nikon FM2 so no rear film window. Giffords Circus is a vintage travelling circus that prides itself in being very authentic where everything is hand made including all of the costumes. The lighting was old looking tungsten spotlights which I think were not all colour balanced evenly because the colour in my shots seem to drift a little depending on where the performers were standing. Either that or it's the scans.' 'The dev & scans were made at an ASDA (a large supermarket chain here in the UK) where I am quite sure everything is scanned on auto. The high-res scans I received were 6x4 @ 300ppi and they look over sharpened although they may print fine, I haven't tested them yet. The whites/highlights in the original scans looked a little bright so I did some subtle burning in LR4. Zero colour adjustments were made by me. I exported to 1080px wide, jpg 95% compression, zero sharpening."
"I have photographed Rock concerts on film for while now, and no other 35mm color film I have used comes close in latitude and tonality. I have used Portra 400 & 800, as well as fujifilm Superia 1600. Cinestill wins every time."
Lab scans are from Indie Film Lab, on Fuji Frontier SP3000, shot at 1000iso, dev +1. My request of them is pretty much low contrast, low sharp, neutral tones. I exported from LR as full size jpgs, no output sharpness (only a little of shapen in LR, mostly edge)compression 95 on export.