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Medium format review: Kodak Portra 400 pushed to 1600 (+2 stops)

My name is Andrew and I am a fine art destination wedding photographer in Italy (Lake Como, Amalfi). When arranging the boho style photo session I have reviewed many sample images to understand what is the perception of this style. All this time I was thinking about film - how would I achieve the same colour pallet with film, which film? I remember from the past that by pushing Portra you start getting those brown colours to be more dominant. So I thought that it would be quite interesting to see what happens if I push 2 stops - would it give me more brown tint that I would aim at? I have picked some sample images and emailed them to my lab, just to make sure they understand what I want. Then I loaded the Portra 400 into my Mamiya AFD645 and started this boho style photo shoot on both - digital and film. I also used Ultramax and Ilford HP4 on a smaller camera but this is a different story. Here you will find samples from the pushed Kodak Portra 400 (medium format). I shot it at ISO1600, I used external light meter to measure the light and I applied some correction to the final result. I don't feel like I have achieved the colours that I wanted and I was saved by digital shots this time, however I had quite a nice time during photo session by swapping several cameras and enjoying each moment of the shoot. Here are the images and I hope you will like them:

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