Urban Landscapes in Boston – Experiments with Medium Format Film Photography

I have never understood what the fuss is about medium format photography. Until last weekend, that is! This thing about the size of the negative being bigger, bokeh like buttah, the dynamic range blah blah… I knew a lot about it at a theoretical level but had never actually seen a comparison between small and medium format for myself. So I bought my first roll of 120 film, rented a camera and took a walk around town with Venks shooting some urban landscapes. You can see the results for yourself. I am stunned by the level of detail in these pictures. Highlights which would normally have been completely blown out have more detail in them than I ever would have hoped for. Just look at those clouds!!! They tell a story by themselves, don’t you think?

I think I am going to be going analogue more often from now on. There is something deeply satisfying about waiting for a roll of film to come back from processing and also thrilling at the grand unveiling of the results.

All photos shot on Kodak Portra 400 120 Professional Film, Mamiya 645 afd + 80mm 2.8 AF Film back. These are very low-res scans. I have no idea if higher-res scans will make these look any better because this is the first time I am doing this. Maybe someone who knows more about this can tell me?

  • Gayatri Rao - I love the first 3.ReplyCancel

    • admin - thanks, mamma! I have been wanting to try this for many years now. Happy that I finally got off my ass and did it.ReplyCancel

  • Sreshta - Love the first one of the buildings!ReplyCancel

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