Ricardo Kalaidjian
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No. 28 SAN FRANCISCO (OR WHY I LOVE PORTRA 400 +1)

I've wondered for a long time if there is a difference between shooting Portra 400 and pushing it one stop or shooting Portra 800 to begin with.

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In theory they should wield the same results but for some reason I always think 400 pushed looks so much better. 

I shot this roll the first day I arrived in California, I had taken 15 rolls of Portra 400 with me and my initial plan was to shoot all of them +1.

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I ended up going back to box speed after about two or three rolls, and although I love the way the pictures came out, I find myself wondering if they would have looked better pushed one stop, I guess I'll have to go back :P

Pushing Portra 1 stop brings out more contrast and takes away some of the famed over-exposed look that Potra is known for since basically what you're doing is under-exposing the roll

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The 35mm Summilux works perfectly with the aesthetic too, its signature "dream-like" rendering works really well with the rugged grainy look that film starts to display when its pushed. 

One of the many advantages of shooting a "pro" film like Portra is that you can really push it (no pun intended) and it will retain beautiful colors and resolution, if you try this with a cheaper (and other not-so-cheap films) you might find you get mushy results

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I had to include that one 😂 sorry

Thats all I got for this week folks,

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Keep shooting everyone!

Ricardo