TK Roll 2015–3: Autocord Redux, Kodak Portra 400, and More of a Gray Day

I’m not sure exactly what the count for this roll should be. It’s the third roll I shot for the project, but it covers the tail end of the same dreary day as roll 2. To be honest, I’m not even sure how to count the weeks: do I start with January 1, count up 7 days, and then repeat? Do I start anew every Monday? I feel I should have a better idea about all of this.

And then I think, it doesn’t really matter, because the point is to grab a camera and take pictures, and do that again and again, and have a rich body of work to show by the end of the year. I’ll see where I come down on all that as the year progresses.

Either way, here’s another bunch of shots taken with my Minolta Autocord, this time with Kodak Portra 400 film. It’s noticeably different from the Superia in mood and colors, but I can’t say which one I prefer. I think I like the dark, somewhat hyperreal mood of the Superia better for this particular subject matter, but the Portra seemed to need even less post processing work than the Fuji, and its colors are so nice and muted and feel just right. What’s it gonna be? Well, I’m slowly buying up some of the last Superia in 120, so once that’s gone the question will be moot. Maybe something completely different will strike my fancy.

This is really a big part of why film photography today is just fun. One can get all kinds of different cameras, and all kinds of different film stocks, and explore what works.

Enough of the shallow philosophizing, though. Pictures:

8 thoughts on “TK Roll 2015–3: Autocord Redux, Kodak Portra 400, and More of a Gray Day

  1. The colours are terrific, especially the yellows and browns. And your way of seeing is great. There is an Autocord for sale locally that I thought was overpriced, but the more I like at your posts with this camera, the more I think $Can180 is not a bad price, even if beyond my budget.


    • Thank you so much! $180 is definitely an ok price if the camera works well. I bought mine for half that, but had it CLA’d for over €200…


        • From what I’ve read the focusing lever is what’s most likely to cause issues on Autocords. So if you do decide to go that route, make sure it moves smoothly before you buy.


          • Thank you for that information. I will keep an eye out on the listing in the hopes it sticks around long enough that a bargain can be had. Maybe another post from an Autocord in a week or so will be a reminder!


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