Experimenting with higher contrast in my portrait work.
Rolleiflex 3.5 E3, Ilford HP5+ film
developed in Cinestill DF96 Monobath
I was happy to get together with my good friend Ken last Saturday. We met up at The Only Cafe of course. Fairly dimly lit, so I ratcheted up the ISO on the Sony A7ii to 6400. Impressed with the lack of noise! The lens was an old Nikkor 50mm f1.4, mounted via adapter and shot wide open. Quite happy with this image!
Sony A7ii, 50mm Nikkor 50mm/f1.4 lens, ISO 6400
Every year on January 1st I go out in the morning with a film camera, so whatever else happens in the year it will still be another year in which I shot film. One of my goals this year is to shoot more portraits, so from the roll I shot yesterday I am choosing a portrait of fellow film photographer Alan Gaunt, who came along with me and Bill Smith for the January 1st outing.
Canon FTb, 50mm/f.8 Canon FD lens
Kodak TMax 400 film
I finally shot my first roll of the relatively recently re-introduced Kodak Ektachrome 100 E6 slide film. I had a fun session with my good friend Nyx in High Park. (Black and white images to follow in an upcoming post!). I love the look of this slide film, and it is always a pleasure to work with Nyx.
Nikon F5, 105mm/f2.5 Nikkor lens
Kodak Ektachrome 100 E6 Slide film
I took this portrait recently with my 1945-50 vintage Voiglander Bessa 66 folding medium format camera. There were a number of reasons why this image should not have turned out: this is a scale focus camera (meaning you have to judge the distance), and I was shooting wide open; no margin for error. I was also pushing HP5+ to EI 1600 for the first time. But what I got was one of my favourite portraits of the year!
Voigtlander Bessa 66 camera (Color-Skopar 75mm/f3.5 lens)
Ilford HP5+ @EI 1600 (developed in TMax developer 1+4)
As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, here are two more images from my shoot with Lauren last week, this time in black and white.
Nikon F, 105mm/f2.5 Nikkor lens
Kodak TMax 400 film, developed in TMax developer