Usually, a holiday for my wife and I is a chance to explore somewhere we’ve never been and experience a new culture, but every so often we just want to lay down for a week in the sun. We’ve only done this once before, but this year decided to go one step further and book an all-inclusive trip to Lanzarote for a week, so we didn’t even have the stress of deciding where to eat or carrying a wallet.
For various reasons I won’t go into here (this isn’t TripAdvisor, after all) it didn’t quite go to plan, but we had a really nice week anyway. In complete contrast to every other holiday we’ve been on in the last five or six years of me taking photos, I didn’t struggle to choose which photo gear to take with me. I wanted something robust and easy to use that I didn’t have to charge. The Olympus OM2-N was the natural choice paired with a 50mm f1.8 lens. I also took a 28mm 2.8, but it didn’t get to see any of Lanzarote, and sat in the safe for the week.
This was the first trip we’ve ever been on where I only took a film camera, so I wasn’t sure how many rolls to take with us. In the end, I threw four random rolls into my bag and hoped that would be enough. I ended up shooting three different colour film stocks, so I’ve picked a few of my favourites from each roll and written a few thoughts.
Kodak ColorPlus 200
Ah, old reliable KCP. My long-standing favourite film stock gave me some nice results again. I really like the warm tones you get with ColorPlus, and the cost means I don’t feel guilty for burning through a roll in an hour of excited snapping.
FujiFilm Superia Xtra 400
A film I’ve largely ignored in the past. I told myself that I didn’t care for Fuji’s green tones, but it turns out that if I shoot it at 200 and give it a load of bright light, it looks nice. I think my dislike for Fuji colours comes from shooting it on overcast or dark days in England. After this roll, I’m likely to pick up some more.
Kodak Portra 400
I think this was my first roll of Portra 400 aka the most hyped film of all time, next to Kodachrome. I only shot the tail end of a roll in Lanzarote, but I like it. I shot this at 200 to overexpose it a bit, but I’m not sure I got the best out of it on this trip. I’ve got another blog post to come on the results of this roll, so I’ll save my other thoughts for that.