Color constancy

6 images… Of macro-ish photos on ADOX COLOR MISSION 200 and a Nikkor OC 35mm + macro tube (EI 200 / 35mm format / Nikon F)

Glad I was able to shoot a roll of COLOR MISSION 200 from ADOX! I know the rolls of this are hard to find, and I really hope more are coming out soon. From what I understand, this is a brand new color film that was resurrected by ADOX from an earlier R&D project. I also appreciate that ADOX has a MISSION to fund film research. This means ADOX is finding modern sustainable solutions and creating opportunities for filmmaking within its struggling industry…and not just releasing a film to say so.

From the sample images online, I saw straight away that it seems to highlight certain hues: reds, yellows, and, by that measure, automatically, greens. So I wanted to take pictures of subjects that display as many colors as possible. A bouquet of flowers sounded like a good idea, huh?

I am really satisfied with my results and quite surprised too. My floral photos were taken indoors by the window and my instinct just told me to shoot it at -1 (EI 100). These images came out beautifully and since my visual tastes are accustomed to punchy colors, the habit made me click on the “Linear Contrast” preset on Photoshop Curves. It just kicked my images.

I did not have the opportunity to photograph outside, except for this photo. And that was measured at 200. So my very silly surface learning is that this film works like any other color film: perfect shots at box speed when the sun is high and strong.

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ADOX is spot on with their description of the palette “a film of delicately vibrant minty greens, peach reds, airy grain”. I really hope they can keep this consistency in their next batches. From what I understand (someone correct me if I’m wrong) this film was coated a few years ago and stored in a cool house. I don’t know how it really affected the product we see today!

Ahhh!! the macro shot was such a great idea…the grain is absolutely stunning. And I love the rendering of pinks and purples. So when shooting, find scenes rich in reds, yellows, and greens!


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