Glacial carved walls of basalt construct the Gateway to the Gorge. A vein of life for humans for over 9,000 years, “Nch’i-Wana,” the Great River (Sahaptin word for the Columbia) delivers energy, sustenance, and fun.

This Mecca for people was once inhabited by many different tribes and re discovered by Lewis & Clark and other explorers. In these Old Growth Forests you can hear the Chinook elders whisper if you listen quietly enough.

These photos were shot just on the other side of the river from Multnomah Falls near Portland, OR in the Columbia River Gorge during the summertime in 2019.

Photo of me by Dustin Gil, here I am holding the main set up I captured this roll of film with.


– Kodak Portra 160 35mm Film / 120

– Canon Rebel 2000 EOS 

– Sigma 35mm f/1.4

– Canon 100mm f/2.8

– Polarizing filter

Likey the lichen.

This camera combo is one of my all time favorites, paired with a classic film.

Kodak Portra 160 is a daylight color film, that is on the smoother / natural side of the color spectrum. Perfect for skin tones.

– Available for 35mm and 120

– Designed for daylight, and nice indoor studio light

– Natural looking skin tones, low saturation, plenty of detail

Picture of my feet after a dip in the river. Sigma 35mm f/1.4

This film is made for the artistic, professional, or serious amateur.

If you are just starting out shooting film, go for the cheaper ones like Kodak Gold or find some expired film like this or this on Ebay or family members who haven’t gotten rid of their old camera gear yet.

Cyrus shooting some macro slow mo footage of a frog.

Portra 160 captures a wide range of information and detail, in the shadows, highlights, and mid-tones. This aspect is one of my favorite qualities from this film, because of the freedom it gives me with each photo, post-development.

Little plants and little lichen. Portra 160

– Less saturation than Porta 400

– If you push the film and shoot it at around ISO 100 it overexposes it by one stop, but brings lots of details out in the shadows

I love Portra 160 when I am shooting portraits in natural light or bright settings, and I love Portra 400 when I’m looking for a more saturated look, and when I’m in situations focused around color and motion or landscapes. (This is a situation where I clearly could have used 400)

Day trip over to the Oregon coast to grab some waves. Shot this on the Rebel 2000.

For these photos I shot, I wanted to try Portra 160 at sunset to get the awesome orange colors from the other side of the river. Even though I sacrificed my ISO sensitivity with shooting so low at sunset, it gave me the opportunity to edit the colors with as much information as possible. My second thoughts are saying that a ISO like 400 would have given me more colors to work with, but with less detail and more grain.

Oregon at Sunset on Kodak Portra 160

My main camera right now is the Canon Eos Rebel 2000.

The only reason for this was, I broke my Canon Eos 1N (another favorite) and needed to replace it pretty quickly so I ended up buying one of these at a Camera shop. I’ve gone through a few now the past couple years, sold a few, given a few as gifts.

Looking through the window at the great Fig tree. Shot with the Canon 100mm

These cameras are great, so I made a little list on why Canon Rebel 2000‘s from the 90s are awesome:

– They are fairly cheap ($15-$40 Range)

– Goes great with any canon lenses you have for your digital canon set up (I absolutely love this with the Sigma 600mm and 35mm)

– Pop flash is useful & fun

Best grapes ever. Shot with the Canon 100mm.

– Full manual controls, Autofocus, Aperture Priority, Bracketing

– Great for beginners looking to get into film with digital compatible lenses

– Easy to find and cheap on eBay. Here are a few examples: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Similar Cameras: Rebel G, Rebel S, Eos 650, Eos 620

This camera is one for the “creatively bankrupt” artists that have the urge to shoot film with their nice digital lenses.

Miley girl on Kodak Portra 160.

The lens I shot most of these images on is a Sigma 35mm 1.4.

I’ve been using this lens for years now and this focal length is one of my favorites. I love the way you can capture something similar to the human eye, but with the width a 50mm lacks.

Chicky! Shot on the Sigma 35mm 1.4.

– Beautiful depth of field with the 1.4 f-stop

– I’ve heard this lens is sharper than the canon version

Sunshine in the hot tub. Shot on the Sigma 35mm 1.4.

– Versatile and can shoot almost anything within reason

The 35mm is a great all around lens coming in handy for candid portraits, semi landscape type shots, and close-ups. A good hiking/adventure/everything lens.

Landscape on the Sigma 35mm 1.4.

Another landscape of the Columbia River Gorge on the Sigma 35mm 1.4.

For someone looking to get into film photography I would recommend this camera + this lens to start off with. The Canon Eos 650 and the Canon 50mm 1.8 or an old zoom lens is usually more budget friendly for someone who hasn’t shot much film.