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Spain on Film: 35mm Film Photography

Spain on Film: 35mm Film Photography

This is the second part of my road trip through France, Spain and Portugal and the first part of the Spain section. We drove from France down the Atlantic Coast, into Spain and then continued on into Portugal. Homeward bound we went back into Spain and then back to France.

This post depicts the film photography of the places we went in Spain before we headed into Portugal. The last time I was in Spain was back in 2007 when I went to Barcelona, and also where I was robbed of everything apart from my passport. I hadn’t been back since then and I really wanted to see more of a country I actually enjoyed despite being the victim of theft. The Spaniards in Barcelona were so warm and friendly and extremely helpful after my ordeal and I wasn’t disappointed this time around.

After we left Biarritz in France the very next stop was Saint Sebastian. We couldn’t get a place to stay there due to Bentley being with us but we found a tiny little town not far away on the seaside that had a vacancy. There’s just nothing like sitting at a beach restaurant at sunset, drinking white wine and eating squid with the ones you love. The place was so small that I don’t even really remember the name of it. I’m sure it’s in our itinerary somewhere but it really was a sleepy seaside town.

It took quite a while to get used to the way Spaniards do things, especially when it comes to siesta. They sleep through the hottest part of the day, from say 11 until about 2pm. So finding a place that’s open during these times is almost impossible and it means you end up eating your lunch at about 4pm. Then dinner is even later, earliest 9pm but common at 11pm. It was very easy to forget how things worked and go hungry, but we usually got by with ordering some tapas throughout the day to keep us going. In the end, after two weeks in Spain and Portugal we were so used to it that eating dinner at 10:30pm became normal!

Some of the other places we visited were La Coruna, Vigo and (Camino de) Santiago where we watched all the pilgrims line up to receive their certificates after completing their pilgrimage. I really enjoyed A Coruna, the city of glass and even managed to find a camera store that sold Kodak Portra 400 after I had run out of the minimal stock I had bought. To develop and scan my negatives, I use a lab in Valencia, Spain called Carmencita Film Lab. To say that they understand Spanish light is an understantement. They KNOW, they ARE Spanish light. Which is, to say the least, incredible. You just don’t get the same kind of light in Western Europe that you do up here in the Nordics. It’s so much more creamy and pure and more golden. I just adore it.

Here you can see examples of the Kodak Portra 400 and the Fuji Pro400H and in this instance, they are very close to each other in saturation and tones. I would dare say that the Kodak out-performes the Fuji, here, but it’s very close indeed. If you’d like to see some more film photography and love France, you can check out the first part of this road trip by clicking HERE

Film Photography

Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm filmFilm Photography

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Film Photography

Outside San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Outside San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Outside San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Outside San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm filmFilm Photography

Outside San Sebastian, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm filmFilm Photography

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm filmFilm Photography

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Fuji 400H 35mm film

Vigo, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Film Photography

Vigo, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Film Photography

Vigo, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm filmfilm photography

La Coruna, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Vigo, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm filmfilm photography

Vigo, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Film Photography

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

film photography

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

Film Photography

Santiago, Spain Photographed with Kodak Portra 400 35mm film

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  • Lela - August 27, 2015 - 17:13

    I love Europe. Your photography has me jonesing to get back. Great film captures!ReplyCancel

    • admin - August 27, 2015 - 20:58

      Wow, thanks so much for your beautiful compliment. If you ever make it to the Nordics let me know. :-=ReplyCancel

  • Megan - August 31, 2015 - 15:33

    These are lovely! It makes me want to get my Pentax out of the closet!!ReplyCancel

    • admin - August 31, 2015 - 15:45

      Thank you! Definitely give that Pentax a workout! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Van Tabbert - August 31, 2015 - 15:46

    I love to bring my 35 mm with me on vacation too. It makes me feel touristy and I love the look of the images that come off my OM-10. Your images inspire me to travel!ReplyCancel

    • admin - September 1, 2015 - 10:58

      Thanks very much. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brenden - August 31, 2015 - 17:52

    What beautiful film photos of your trip to Spain! Film just feels magical doesn’t it?!?ReplyCancel

    • admin - September 1, 2015 - 10:58

      It definitely does. So different to shooting digital.ReplyCancel

  • Angie E - August 31, 2015 - 19:23

    Absolutely beautiful! This makes me want to visit!ReplyCancel

    • admin - September 1, 2015 - 10:58

      If you ever get a chance you definitely should visit. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - August 31, 2015 - 19:29

    WOW! Stunning! I love your use of light and lines, apparent throughout all these photos. You are a very talented photographer. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • admin - September 1, 2015 - 10:58

      Thank you so much Jeanne. You made me blush!ReplyCancel

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