Michal Dzierza
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Film. Photography. Journalism. A visual blog by filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Michal Dzierza.

Italy on film - 35mm and 120mm

A recent trip to Italy was a perfect opportunity to use extensively my two film cameras - the 35mm Olympus OM1 I’m completely in love with, and the mighty Pentax 67. Which I’m also in love with, but I’m not sure it’s as portable as my Olympus. After all, it was designed to be used in a studio setting, and not to be schlepped up and down Rome’s hills and along Puglia’s olive groves.

I wanted to use both cameras mostly to take advantage of the beautiful Mediteraanean light. My Pentax was meant for portraits only, while the dinky Olympus served as an all-purpose camera. It didn’t always work that way, but here are soem of my favourites from the trip.

Let’s start with people:

I used primarily two films: Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Ektar 100. While the former worked well for portraits and street, the latter proved really excellent for landscapes, particularly on bright, sunny days.

Click on images to move between the slides:

Most of my film photography however relied on the more versatile Portra 400.

Here are a few of my favourites from the trip. Again, click on images to move between the slides: