What are your thoughts on Portra 160 for medium format? I like it for 135 but does it hold up on 120?
Portra 160 is a great film in medium format. I just looked and I don’t have anything posted on flickr with the new Portra 160, but I have shot with it and will post some of those eventually. I always liked Portra 160NC and the new stuff seems just as good.
The only reason I haven’t shot more with Portra films in general is that the Fuji counterparts (400H and 160S or NS) have typically been cheaper. I think Fuji 400H is still less than Portra 400, but Fuji 160NS, though supposedly still in production, is pretty hard to find these days, while Portra 160 is not. I also have found myself preferring Portra 160 over the NS for a lot of night work, simply because I like the colors better.
But anyway, yeah, buy a bunch of Portra 160 and stick in your fridge. I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results.
Have you ever thought about shooting the 12 O'Clock Boys? I saw the documentary the other day and it made me think about your work.
I happened to catch one of them riding by about six years ago…
…these days I actually don’t see them that much. I have yet to see the documentary, but I just noticed it’s available online now, so I’ll have to watch it soon.
There was a much bigger phenomenon of young men riding around on dirt bikes and ATVs four to six years ago than I’ve noticed now. At that time you could find them just about everywhere, but for my style of photography (fixed lens and manual focus), I was never really in a position to capture them well. It would be interesting to do portraits, if I could ever get that close and anyone was willing. The police cracked down on the bikers a lot in subsequent years. They couldn’t really chase them, but they started a program of impounding unlicensed bikes. There are a couple of parks where I know they still ride, but even there, I think the frequency is less.
Most of my “street” photography and portraiture involves a lot of serendipity. I don’t really do stories and seek out people in the way I would probably need to for something like this.