How about some old-school cars photographed with an old-school camera?

Colin
By Colin Wood
Apr 19, 2022 | Photography, 35mm, Classic Cars

Photography by Colin Wood

What’s more exciting than spending a day photographing old-school cars? What about photographing old-school cars with an equally old-school camera?

During a video shoot for some features coming soon to the Classic Motorsports YouTube channel (subscribe here now so you don’t miss out), we brought along our Pentax K1000 loaded with Kodak Gold 200 film.

How did the photos turn out? Here are the results so you can judge for yourself:

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 1:26 p.m.

That looks so rad. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/18/22 1:32 p.m.

Thanks! I'm still getting pleasantly surprised at how well all my photos turn out.

I'm still in the early stages of experimenting with different film types (I just got my first roll of black and white film developed), but Gold 200 is my favorite so far.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
4/18/22 1:50 p.m.

Dynamic range has entered the chat. 

Evanuel9
Evanuel9 Reader
4/18/22 2:21 p.m.

Can someone explain what it is about the camera that makes them look like hot wheels in a diorama?

 

Epic pics btw

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 2:43 p.m.

A large aperture (smaller f-stop number) will shorten the depth of field. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 2:44 p.m.

This Nikon article explains how aperture impacts depth of field. 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
4/18/22 3:04 p.m.

Is Evanual9 talking about a depth of field aspect of the image or something else?  I'm also not sure if that shot at the start of this thread was back-focused slightly or not.  

I miss shooting film and developing my own negatives.  Should be able to again soon though, finally, which helps.

I like the photos in the real thread/article.  Gold 200 seems like a good compromise film considering contrast, saturation, color cast, and cost.  

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
4/18/22 3:33 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Thank you for that. I'm still wrapping my head around the settings.

Truth be told, I'm leaning pretty heavily on the Pentax's built-in light meter to take photos.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 3:34 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

It's a good, simple meter. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 3:38 p.m.

And there is a warmth to film that's just feels to comfortable. I recently came across some shots from college–studio work, all done on 35mm that I processed and printed–and, all these years later, they still look timeless. 

pinchvalve (Forum Supporter)
pinchvalve (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/18/22 3:49 p.m.

For me, the end result is still being seen on my crappy monitor, so the extra time and effort are not positively impacting the final product as much as they could. If this was my mother sharing 5 x 7 prints versus printing them on her cheap inket printer on regular paper, the results would be much more dramatic. I like the idea that film is not dead yet however, it has a long and rich history and should survive in some form.  

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
4/18/22 3:50 p.m.

You should have asked before you took these to Eckerd's. I still have some coupons.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/18/22 4:56 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Lisa would totally hook us with those coupons. 

kaybat
kaybat New Reader
4/18/22 7:02 p.m.

Ormond Loop!

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
4/18/22 7:15 p.m.

Good stuff. Pentax made some good glass. Gold 200 is a nice film; I use a fair bit of it. I would be remiss if I didn't mention that it is now available in 120. I haven't tried Gold in that format yet, but medium format is a whole different animal (sample on Ektar through a 1930s Rolleiflex):

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/19/22 9:18 a.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

That looks awesome–so warm and just so period-correct.

I started running film through my A-1 and need to finish that roll. And then need to break out my K1000 and F-1.

I asked for film for the holidays, and the family delivered....

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
4/19/22 9:32 a.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

I need to try out Gold but finding it right now is a nightmare. I have tried Porta 400 and Lomo 400 so far. Bought so Fuji 200 yesterday.

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
4/19/22 10:02 a.m.

In reply to 93EXCivic :

Everyone has their film preferences. I've tried most of the color offerings and I come back to Kodak every time. My go-to for anything serious is Ektar, but it does get pricey. Gold is a nice lower cost option that still offers traditional Kodak colors. I recently tried a few rolls of ProImage 100, which was different but interesting, much like Ektar in that it really varies in appearance with slight over- or under-exposure (whereas Gold is pretty consistent across a wider range of exposures). Color Plus 200 is an older Kodak emulsion, and might be worth a look as well.

If you really want to get fancy, get some Ektachrome. I love it, but it's eye-wateringly expensive.

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
4/19/22 10:11 a.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

Yeah. I am finding I mostly prefer black and white but a change up to color is nice. I'll probably try out Ektachrome as some point but right now spending that much money on a roll when I am still learning and messing up shots seems a bit silly.

My understanding is Lomo 400 and 800 is made by Kodak btw. But the both went up in price as well.

Tomwas1
Tomwas1 New Reader
4/19/22 2:55 p.m.

My 92 through my $100 dollar Samsung...

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
4/19/22 3:21 p.m.

Did Samsung sell film cameras?  

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
4/19/22 4:20 p.m.

In reply to pres589 (djronnebaum) :

Apparently quite a few.

http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Samsung#35mm_Cameras

aw614
aw614 Reader
4/20/22 9:03 a.m.

Yeah I have a Samsung point and shoot film camera that was my parents that I keep around, but haven't used much. 

I tend to use Fuji 400 still, since its easy to find and versatile. 

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
4/20/22 9:53 a.m.

In reply to 93EXCivic :

I shoot more TriX than anything else, but there are some things that call for color, and as you say, it's nice to switch up every now and again. I normally shoot without a meter, but for Ektachrome I make an exception; when you do go for it, make sure your metering is accurate (and meter for highlights, not shadows) or you'll miss a lot. I did shoot some of the Lomo 800 stuff a while back  (found some in the freezer - one of the dangers of a film stash is that you forget what you have), but I haven't gotten it developed yet. Need to do that.

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Dork
4/20/22 11:15 a.m.

Awesome stuff, Colin.

 

I really want to get my old Praktica LTL out now.

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
4/20/22 1:22 p.m.

My favorite game was to push Fomapan 400 Action to something around EI 2000.  Same with Tri-X 400.  I'm a bit sloppy with that stuff and it's hard for me to really know exactly where the push is landing (because I refuse to get super into the weeds and would rather just look at the resultant images and figure things out from there).  I'd like to play more with Foma 400 as it seems to create wonderful images only part of the time...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/20/22 4:22 p.m.

And I totally cheated last night with my Fujifilm X100V and some film/grain simulation. (These are right out of the camera, though.)

 

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
4/20/22 4:59 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I've also played with the film simulation modes on my X100F too. The color modes never seem to get quite to where I want them without some tweaking afterwards, but I'm probably being too picky. I will say that a pretty credible imitation pushed TriX is possible with the right fiddling; samples straight from the camera:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/20/22 5:12 p.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

Nice. I bought this one as a "walking-around" camera for trips to New York. I decided to wait for the V and did the presale.

The camera arrived like the Monday of lockdown. Womp, womp.

So I took a ton of photos while just walking around the neighborhood. We have a lot of walking paths, hence lots of fences to shoot–cool details. 

I am digging the camera and trying out more of the simulation modes. 

02Pilot
02Pilot UberDork
4/20/22 6:28 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

If you haven't already, check out FujiXWeekly for film simulation settings. Not perfect, but lots of food for thought.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/20/22 6:55 p.m.

In reply to 02Pilot :

Thanks for the tip. 

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
4/20/22 8:19 p.m.

If you follow Murilee Martin's facebook page (better known as "Judge Phil" of Lemons racing fame), he's been taking pictures of vintage cars with vintage cameras for years. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/21/22 1:07 p.m.

Something related from the Classic Motorsports site: Shooting Classic Cars with Classic Cameras.

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