Just another amateur guy who loves film WordPress blog.

  1. great blog my friend
    wonderful pictures
    love the sensible erotic component

    • Cooking Film said:

      Loving film Wolfgang. More and more. So organic.
      Thank you my friend.

  2. perhaps you would like to have a look on one of my blogs :

    he is in the moment a little dead because i am very busy and have to work on another near comercial blog , but this blog is not interesting for outsiders
    wis best wishes from austria

    • Cooking Film said:

      Thank you my friend I will check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Diana said:

    happen to be researching work based on Gary Isaacs and stumbled into your blog.
    1st excellent interview with Gary
    2nd your work is wonderful, I have bookmarked your blog and look forward to returning ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Cooking Film said:

      Thank you so much Diana for the kind words.
      Gary is indeed a world class photographer and he was kind enough to let me talk a little about his work.
      Not only the images but the stories about them, everything is connected and photography is just a tinny bit of a bigger picture which is his life.
      Sometimes I get this… teenager fever that makes me wish I was Gary Isaacs. ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven’t lost hope!
      Thank you again Diana.

  4. Diana said:

    good morning Paulo…

    Gary’s work is wonderfully real.he capture’s glimpses of people’s lives. very candid.

    thank you as well for a glimpse of your work ๐Ÿ™‚

    you have already developed {no pun intended} your own unique style. Hopefully one day I’ll be looking for your work to feature ๐Ÿ™‚

    continue on the path you’re on and you should be fine Paulo.

    • Cooking Film said:

      Diana you are indeed most kind.
      May the gods of photography take pity on me and I’ll keep on the path. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you for taking the time to leave a word.

    • Thank you Zรฉ, nothing but a hobby. Keeps the mind busy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Hi,
    Your blog is really amazing and not only because you’re a great photographer.
    Your reader/watcher can feel a real sensitivity in your words and pictures…
    Keep on showing us all this.

    • Thank you so much Salim, you are much too kind my friend and thank you again for taking the time to leave such a kind comment. You just left me without words.

      • You’re more than welcome. The quality of your blog is rare!

      • Bowing at you my friend. Thank you.

  6. Hi there,

    I am a big fan of your blog and I always come back when new pictures and recipes are up. It’s a great reference for me!

    I was wondering how you scan your negatives? What scanner/methods? If you’ve answered this before somewhere, apologies.

    Keep up the great work!


    • Hello Dan and thank you very much.

      I have a Canon 9000F which is my only scanner and I use it for 35mm and 120mm. I pretty much do it the standard way.

      I scan the negatives 1:1 at 2400 dpi in RGB mode even for black and white film. There’s no special reason for this I just like the dark brown color cast on some of the images from using that RGB mode with black and white film.

      The Canon 9000F also has several film profiles and I always select the matching profile. In some situations, when using Adox films or Rollei films I use the Kodak TriX profile as the Canon does not have profiles for those films.

      I save the images in TIFF format and open them up in Photoshop. I use Photoshop the clean up the images from dust and hairs and I always adjust brightness and contrast. All the Photoshop adjustments apart from using the cloning stamp tool are simple things that can be done in the darkroom.

      In some few (very few) situations when a certain image is going to be printed on a magazine I enhance the sharpness using the High Pass filter.

      From my experience I can tell you that there’s nothing like doing things in the darkroom, that’s where the magic really happens.

      Thank you again for your words and please forgive my limited English.

  7. Hi there,

    Just when you think you’ve found all the best websites out there……I was delighted to find your site this morning. I was in the process of talking myself in to the Zeiss 45/2.8 for the Contax 645 and researching the lens which in turn lead me to your site. Beautiful images, a real pleasure to view.

    Thanks, Jason.

    • Thank YOU Jason.
      Please do plunge into the 45/2.8. The whole system is top of the art, as you know, and the 45mm is beautiful.

      Thank you again for the kind comment my friend.

  8. Awesome blog and great photos! Thanks a lot for doing this. Is there a way to contact you about some development advice? I didn’t want to spam the comments section with questions.

    • You are too kind, thank you a million times.
      Yes of course, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.
      My personal email is: paulopires@me.com

      Please feel free to ask anything my friend.

  9. I’ve enjoyed stepping into your world so many times. My first film rolls are in the Lab. It has been awhile, maybe 3 years, and then only playfully rather than with intent. I found this little shop on the Tottenham Court Road in London, that had boxes of film stacked up high on the shelves, all in date, with a way to go. A steady stream of people wandered into the shop to buy and process film. Every time a roll was handed in for processing, it was being pushed or with some special instructions. Anyway, your work is inspiring, just want to say.

    • Your words are very kind Rufus and it is clear that the seed was already in you. You know I’m no fundamentalist and I don’t ever participate in film/digital wars but I do try to motivate others like others motivate me.

      Maybe I’m naive, but I do believe that together we can keep this medium very much alive with our little communities and our enthusiasm.

      Go for it my friend and don’t let any “less than good” results put you off film. We can learn from everything we do, right or wrong, but we can.

      Ansel Adams used to say that… ending each year with 12 good shots it’s an amazing average!
      I’m still working on my first good shot. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • That’s a warm cosy feeling that we can aim for twelve. I got myself a little FM2A and a 50mm f/1.8. Boy, do those colors look so beautiful, so real, so solid. Brings tears to the eyes. And, I had to think. And, I had to use the palm of my hand. And, I had to use my eyes.

  10. Love your work and enjoy reading your blog immensely. I wish you posted more often. Yours is one of my absolute favourite sites, thank you.

    • Your words are moving. I can’t thank you enough.
      Sometimes it’s hard no to mix gear and stuff posts with more personal ones but, I feel honored to be worthy of your time.

  11. Great, great blog !!! I love to understand what is behind a picture, not only technical stufs but the concept, the idea even if it is just trying to look for certains specifications onfilm and devellopers materials. Sorry my (very) bad english. I will keep follow as I do for a long time.

    • Obrigado Miguel. Nรฃo viso promover-me de algum modo mas simplesmente partilhar umas ideias e experiรชncias.

      Renovo os meus agradecimentos.

  12. I have a friend in Lisbon who is getting rid of his darkroom gear, including an Omega D2 with Zone VI cold light head. If you are interested please contact me.

  13. Great blog Paulo! Just came across it when searching for 120 B&W shooters in Portugal.
    Since I live most of the year in Sweden, it would be great to know where I can buy D76 and fixator in Portugal, as well as archive sleeves to keep the negatives safe. I am initiating my father into analog photography and need to buy these for him (otherwise I will need to carry them with me from Sweden, which I think is unnecessary).
    Keep up with the great photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, you have a poetic eye. Please keep on doing it!

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