Film Pictures from Istanbul

Film Pictures from Istanbul

Film Pictures from Istanbul

Last week I spent a quick 5 days in Istanbul. I had mostly good vibes about the city. I loved it’s food, architecture, history, markets, and culture. But WOW are there a lot of people! There were long lines for the touristy things, and the non touristy things had tons of people too. I wouldn’t mind going back someday soon to check out more of modern day Istanbul, while staying well away from the touristy areas.

Normally I photograph destinations as much as I can with my DSLR, but this time around I thought I’d try something brand new: shooting film. Okay, film’s not brand new, but I’ve never shot film in a foreign country so the experience was new to me. I wasn’t sure which camera would be best, so I completely dorked out and brought all three of my film cameras: the Holga, the Canon AE-1 Program, and the Canon Rebel K2.

Here are some of the film pictures (digital ones to follow):

Istanbul 4

Canon AE-1 Program + Kodak Ektar 100

 

Istanbul 5

Blue Mosque – Canon AE-1 Program + Fuji Velvia 50

 

Istanbul on Film 4

Blue Mosque: Holga + Fuji Pro 400H

 

Istanbul on Film 6

Canon Rebel K2 + Kodak Portra 800

 

Istanbul on Film 7

Canon Rebel K2 + Kodak Portra 800

 

Istanbul on Film

Canon AE-1 Program + Fuji Velvia 50. Not a good indoor film; I held the camera steady against a pillar

 

Istanbul on Film

Canon AE-1 Program + Fuji Velvia 50. You can really see Velvia’s saturation with this one

 

Istanbul on Film 10

Canon AE-1 Program + Fuji Velvia 50

 

Istanbul on Film 11

Canon AE-1 Program + Fuji Portra 400

 

Istanbul on Film 2

Canon AE-1 Program + Kodak Ektar 100

 

Istanbul on Film 12

Canon AE-1 Program + Kodak Ektar 100

 

Istanbul on Film 1

Canon AE-1 Program + Kodak Ektar 100 film

 

Istanbul on Film 13

Canon Rebel K2 + Kodak Portra 400

You can really see the “film look” with these photos. Each film type has a specific feel, and I really didn’t do much to these shots in Photoshop after scanning. Okay, so they’re not my best shots ever, but I really like how they came out and it’s a good starting point for more shooting with film. What do you think of Istanbul? Would you ever try shooting film (again), too?

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Comments ( 5 )

  • Katrinka

    These pictures are great! I’m a film photographer in Istanbul, and I find the city really lends itself to lovely film pictures– it’s a city that’s full of mysteries and film really captures it. I recently got a Holga and have been taking my first roll for a spin around the city, hopefully it will come out nicely. Thanks for the beautiful images!

  • Arvee

    It’s a beautiful city! I wish I could go there! 😉 I also have a Canon AE-1. Do you also find it heavy lugging it around? Haha. What’s your favorite film with your AE-1 Program?

    • Ed Graham

      Hey Arvee it’s a bit heavy but not too bad. I like Velvia 100 and Portra 160, each is a great film for its intended use. Have you got some good shots with your AE-1?

  • Reet

    I love love love your Turkey photos. Filled with emotion and promise I was so excited to view I showed all my family. later this year we start our first ever overseas adventure and Turkey is top of the list.

    I love your site for an aspiring amateur I can only offer thanks

    Moreeta

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