Orwo NP15 a roll of film from GDR times- I am back for the analog photography community
I found this ORWO NP15 film roll in a vintage photo shop in Budapest. The Hungarian capital is my to go location if I am looking for analog equipment. One can find real treasures if they know where to look for them.
Information of the ORWO films can be found on analoguephotolab.com and this is the original description I found on that site.
Manufactured by ORWO factory in Wolfen, NP-15 was cheap and available alternative to western unavailable brands. NP films (Negative Panchromatic) were sold in many formats and speeds, from 135 to cut sheets and from 15 DIN (ISO 25) to 27 DIN (ISO 400).
So I loaded that roll in my Nikon FE2 camera and first I had to determine what DIN15 would be in ISO since the dial wheel for setting your film speed on the Nikon is in ISO.
So it turned out that DIN15 is 25 ISO which is a super low speed for photography. I knew I needed a lot of sunlight or long exposure times to see an actual outcome in the end.
Of course you never know how your pictures will turn out when buying a roll of vintage film. You don't know how it has been stored and to what it was exposed. It even could be that it had been exposed at some time and rolled back to look as new...(happened only once but it happens)
We where on set for my exam movie where you can read about in this post that I posted in the CINEtv community.
I really like to take behind the scenes photography and generally documenting the progress of movie production.
Film lights are awesome! They are strong and at that day we where imitating sunlight coming in through the windows. I thought that this might be a good point to try to shoot a pic of my main actors.
You can see Angelina Kamp and Jan Krawczyk in one of the breaks during takes. In the background you can see the time machine that we built of scrap metal and cables.
One can see that the turnout is pretty grainy but still we have a picture where the subjects are visible and we have a good balance in contrast.
The next picture is @tinty.art my wife in Steyr this was taken 4-5 years before we got married in the same city we would marry later.
It was a super sunny day so I could try to shoot without artificial lights.
This is the photography
A lot less grain the in the previous one which is obvious since the light was super strong. Yet the image looks like it could have been taken 50-60 years ago.
I hope you liked my comeback to the analog photography community.
Let me know in the comments below!