Category: Modelling and Fashion

Naima Act II: Film

Today, more images of Naima, created with one of the film cameras I used at the shoot: an early 60’s ere Zenit 3M, with the Helios 44/2  58mm f2 lens that is becoming my new best friend as far as portraiture is concerned. As for Naima, she has a look in these images that to me has an Old World sensibility that I like. Both images were shot on Tri-X, developed in Diafine. Lighting was done with a late 50’s movie light, through a lighting umbrella

Naima on film

Naima on film

Naima Act 1: Digital and Lensbaby

This weekend I had the pleasure of working with Naima, using three cameras (two film, one digital). I’m starting with the digital camera here: my Nikon D7100, using my Lensbaby lens for the selective focus effect. Naima brought intriguing, nuanced expressions to the shoot. Stay tuned for more!


Hooded Figure


One last image from my recent shoot with Justine. I like mages where faces are partially obscured, and the power of eyes carries the image.



Nikon D7100, 18-200mm Nikkor lens

The Quiet of the Snow

Another image from the snowy shoot with Justine this past Saturday in High Park. The snow is like nature’s diffuser: the light is softened and sounds are muted, sharp edges and angles are rounded by a covering of snow. This image is not tack-sharp, but for me I feel it captures the mood of the the shoot.

In the Quiet of the Snow


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar
Tri-X @ EI 800, developed in Diafine.
Post work with Lightroom and NiK Efex

Low Light

Shooting was a challenge in terms of light this past Saturday. Indoors at the Allen Gardens on a dreary day it was not very bright. I had one roll left of Delta 3200, and developing it in DD-X (at the time listed for EI 6400, not 3200) gave a look I quite like, wit ha smooth tonal range.

Delta 3200 / DD-X


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Ilford Delta 3200 film @ EI 3200
Developed in DD-X 1+4, 12.5 minutes @ 20 C

Portrait of the Artist: Natasha

It was lovely to work with Natasha again. Since we last worked together she has discovered she has a great talent for drawing, so a portrait of her makes a nice addition to my long term “Portrait of the Artist” project. In her expression I see the same thing I have been privileged to see in a number of artists: the joy of imagination, and the ability to tap into it. Shot in late afternoon in a fall day with the light rapidly fading, the Tri-X/Diafine combination made this film image possible.



Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Tri-X @ EI 800 developed in Diafine

Dance of the Seasons

On a cold and blustery Saturday, a very brave Rowena was an amazing model for an outdoor dance-themed shoot.

The Dance of the Seasons


Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Kodak Ektar 100 film, negative scanned
and edited with Lightroom and Nik Efex

Sabrina 1

I had the pleasure of working with Sabrina, (the daughter of a theatre friend of mine) on Thursday. As someone with both dance and theatre experience, Sabrina was a natural when it came to posing and expression, and needed next to no instruction.



Rolleiflex E3, 75mm/3.5 Xenotar lens
Tri-X, EI 800, developed in Diafine 3+3

Holly I: Personality

I had the fun of working with a new model named Holly earlier this week, doing a retro pin-up genre shoot. The key ingredients for pin-up are personality, personality and personality! 🙂 And Holly had all three, a great sense of humour and a true understanding of the pin-up genre on her part made for a fun, productive shoot!



Nikon D7100, 50mm/1.8 D Nikkor lens
Post work with LightRoom and Nik Efex