Situated on the south bank of the River Orwell, just on the outskirts of a village called Chelmondiston, is a place called Pin Mill. Like many of the spots that I visit, this place lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
This spot was once a busy landing point for shop-borne cargo, along with being a centre for the repair of Thames sailing barges. It also housed many small industries such as sail making, a maltings which is now a workshop, and a brickyard. There is a long history of smuggling on the east coast, to which Pin Mill and it’s public house, the Butt and Oyster, reputedly played key parts in.
Whilst being home to a number of houseboats, there are also a number of wrecked, traditional vessels which, as you can imagine, are popular with artists and photographers alike.
Earlier this year, Kodak announced that they were bringing back Kodak Gold 200 in 120 format. With the cost of film increasing rapidly over the last couple of years, I was excited by a new “budget” film stock, and decided to give their Gold 200 offering a go as soon as I could get my hands on a box.
On getting the scans back from FilmDev, I was a little undecided. I think I’ve been so used to shooting the likes of Portra 160/400 and Pro400H, that this felt a little different. By no means in a bad way. Some have even compared it to Portra 160, but I wasn’t getting this “feel” from it. Many years back, I used Gold 200 in 35mm format and found that it was easily under exposed. Usually, I tend to err on the side of overexposure and with Portra, I tend to get the look and feel that I’m after by shooting at half box speed and metering for the shadows. Some of these shots however, felt a little off, and were similar to my experiences of the 35mm format.
The grain structure, as you would expect from a medium format 200 ISO film is lovely. I think for the price, it’s very good! Though it’s not as affordable as it once was at roughly £9 a roll! Gosh, even 35mm ColorPlus 200 isn’t as affordable as it once was, but… it is cheaper than Portra and whilst it isn’t the same, it definitely has it’s own air. I’ve a couple of rolls left, so I will experiment further and update.