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What are Your Top 10 Favorite Films?

Wild at Heart, Buffalo 66, Paris,Texas, Secretary, Lost in Translation... It's hard to select only ten tittles -- at least for me. But actually what I wanted to share with you today are my favorite photographic films!

When we’re about to load our camera with a fresh film, we always face the same doubts. Color negative or slide films? Saturated colors or natural? Color film or B&W? 35mm or 120 format?

Similar to what we choose to wear every day, many times, selecting one type of film will depend on how we feel, what we have at hand, or what we want to capture in a certain time or place. Photographic films, much like motion pictures, affect me in different ways and I could almost classify them according to genre (Drama, Horror, Comic, Thriller, Epic, etc.).

In this night of insomnia (it’s no longer night, but daytime now) I find myself meditating about this wonderful world of photographic film. I just hope that when I finally see the published article I won’t regret having written it under suboptimal physical and mental conditions…

Top Five 120 Films:

Fuji Velvia 100 ISO

Mysterious and magical. Photos have a reddish atmosphere. Nevertheless sometimes it can surprise you with blue colors, or both simultaneously.

Lomography X-Pro Slide 200

Energy, warmth, sun… Emphasis on the yellows and the oranges, above its other tones. Taking a look at these photos will warm your heart.

Fuji Provia 100 ISO

This film reminds me of the previous one, with the exception it has a richer spectrum of tones. Sometimes, photos turn greenish, other times purple or even blue. This time round, chemicals worked with me and I was lucky to get these wonderful dark violet skies.

Kodak Ektachrome E100G y Kodak Ektachrome 200

I like both of them a lot and they are quite similar. They are very rich in the blue tones, very Caribbean, ‘mi amol’, you know!

Lastly, Kodak E100VS

Much like its counterpart, Ektachrome, it’s also rich in blue tones but we can distinguish a lot more tones and has higher contrast.

Top Five 35mm Films:

Agfa CT Precisa 100 ISO

The number one slide film, needs no further introduction, as it is the most wanted by Lomographers — especially the older emulsion, which are very hard to come by!

Fuji Sensia 100 ISO

Pink as a rose…

Kodak Elitechrome EB 100 ISO

♫♬ BLUE, and this sea is as blue as the BLUE sea~ ♫♬

Lomography Redscale 100ISO

♪♫ Even if it doesn’t seem real, I blush when you look at me, I blush when you look at me, I blush when you look at me~ ♬♬

Fuji Velvia 100 ISO

You are lucky I can’t think of any lyric related to this type of film…

In all honesty, the Velvia is one of my favorite films, but I mention it last as the results obtained resemble a lot those of Sensia — nevertheless, is much more expensive.

I will go on about my fave 10 B&W films some other day, otherwise my degree of mental impairment might result in Lomography not publishing any more of my posts at the magazine!

Speaking of films, why didn’t I choose something to watch one tonight? No matter how much I like a film, I always manage to fall asleep…

Moral of this post: if you can’t handle coffee why the hell would you drink two cups?

written by warning and translated by anafaro

4 comments

  1. lazybuddha

    lazybuddha

    Aerochrome/EIR? And the secret film you used on your 'The Secret' album....whatever it was. :-)

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  2. istionojr

    istionojr

    total awesome film results, for me I'd prefer ebx.

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  3. spiritedly

    spiritedly

    I have 2 rolls of agfa precsia CT100 but it is really disappointing for the first roll (on a cloudy day). Now waiting for second roll, fingers crossed it will be perfect!!!

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  4. astilla

    astilla

    awesome pics! :) agfa precisa, ebx and redscaled films are on my list too

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