WRONG ISO!!!! Street photography with the M3 (color)
ISO... its what determines the sensitivity of your film, or sensor for you digitogs out here. now a days if there isnt enough light all you do is jump into your settings and bump of the ISO and BAM problem fixed! This is not the case with Film...well sort of. I set out today to shoot some street photography on what is known as the king of street photography cameras, the Leica M3. I know that street photography is normally done with BW film, but I wanted to try something a little different this time. Making my way downtown, I decided to shoot the streets with some FujiColor 200.
Once there, I busted out the light meter and for whatever reason forgot my film was rated at 200. Instead of 200, I set my meter to 400 and preceded to shoot anything that caught my eye.
Ok now its time for a little Film education. For those that don't know, when shooting film at a different ISO then it is rated for, this is called pulling and pushing film. Pulling film is rating or shooting film at a lower ISO and Pushing is shooting film at a higher ISO.
Ok I know what your thinking...how does shooting film at a different speed actually change the physical ISO of that film. Well thats easy, it doesn't! =) What changes the actual ISO is what you do to the film when you develop it!
I dont want to bore you with all the details, but to shorten the whole explanation, changing the films ISO is done by changing the developing time or temperature of the chemicals being used. I would go into a deeper explanation but thats for another post! =) In the end, I pushed the film by extending the developing time and what you see are the results. One last thing keep in mind, PRO films push better then Consumer films. Films like Portra do better when pushed or pulled compared to films like fujicolor. When pushing consumer films you run into all sorts of trouble, one example is consumer film can produce weird color shifts when pushed or pulled. ok thats it folks and as always, here are the rest of the photos!