Studio Portraits with Kodak Portra 800
Let me start out by expressing how pumped I am to branch back out into color film with Kodak Portra 800. I couldn't be more pleased with the results and happy to call this my color film of choice for the next several months.
"Why 800 speed film?"
I've found that 800 speed film is my "do all" film speed. During bright daylight I throw a -2 Stop ND filter on and hit the streets running at around a beatiful f/8-11 range that I've fallen in love with using the Voigtlander Bessa R2A and Zeiss ZM 35mm lens. When dusk comes around or I find that next dark destructed building, pop off the ND filter and fly around at a comfortable f/5.6 or so. I'm over shooting wide open but will dive into it when absolutely necessary. Enjoying the beauty of film with crystal clear focus and detail of Zeiss lens' will always kill.
To be honest, I was very hesitant jumping back into color film. I've fallen in love with Kodak TMax 400 (pushed to 800) and even more so with developing in house. It's a beautiful thing that has really opened my eyes to the quality film can provide.
"But wait, I thought you had a local lab in your town (Huntsville, AL), why not just reach out to them and develop your color film?"
Great question. I would continue to use them but have realized... they suck. Like bad. And I'm over it on all levels. To be fair, they are pretty ok at developing pharmacy film and mediocre at scanning that in. I'm overly negative with this topic because I'm passionate. I have no clue how a company that focuses heavily on film developing sucks so bad at their craft. It's almost as if they don't want film to come back at a better quality than digital. Like they want it to fade out of their business so some other highly passionate film shooters can open their own lab and kill the game for North Alabama..................
I digress. I love my community. I love North Alabama. I'm a passionate person and that can bring out my most positive and negative sides. I heart you Southerlands Photo.
Here is the photo set from my studio session shooting with:
- Body: Voigtlander Bessa R2A
- Lens: Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.8
- Film: Kodak Portra 800
- Light: Paul C. Buff Einstein 640 lights with beauty dish & PLM
- Model: Samantha Hood
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Why is this open? What happened here? Right on the side of the highway and left to be forgotten. No "no trespassing" signs. Could this really be open to the public? Such a waste.
Things said to myself as I was pulled deeper into this wasted building.
I love finding it. I love telling it's story.
- Voigtlander Bessa R2A
- Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.8
- Kodak TMax 400 @ 800
- Guntersville, AL
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I took some time to go explore Florence, AL and came across this abandoned fireworks facility. Not pictured is the small add on to the far end of the building that serves as a Mexican restaurant. I found it odd and interesting so I walked around to see what I could see.
It never ceases to impress me what man lets go of. I'm sure abandoned buildings like this get to where they are because of money or the lack there of, but what a waste of space. I come across quite a homeless people when I explore and I think about how facilities like this could have been donated to a charity that could be an outreach for people in need.
- Voigtlander Bessa R2A
- Zeiss ZM 35mm f/2.8
- Kodak TMax 400 pushed to 800
Portraits on Kodak TMax 400
It's a done deal y'all. I've committed to shooting 100% on film for personal projects. But not just any film, Kodak TMax to be specific. I love everything about this film and SUPER pumped to have Kodak's re-released TMax P3200 on my side. I now have every ISO range needed to capture it in black and white AND develop and scan myself. Nothing has satisfied me creatively as much as owning this process from start to finish. To note, I shoot all street and portraits on my Voigtlander Bessa R2A. It's definitely a great tool for the job with the Zeiss ZM 35mm and 50mm lenses. With that said, I'm currently shopping around for a medium formate camera that I can really leverage for my film portraits.
Some of these shots were captured with the Paul C. Buff Einsteins and white beauty dish. It's really a match made in heaven. I hope you enjoy.
I don't have a lot to say about this amazing muscle car other than that when I found it... I said out loud "you've got to be kidding me". I was walking through the hills of Seattle trying to find a solid vantage point to get a photo of the skyline and this slapped me in the face. It's actually an absolutly beautiful canary yellow with black top. It was stunning to say the least.
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Portraits on the Streets of Chattanooga
As I'm sure you've noticed on my gram... I've been diving back into 35mm film full speed ahead, but there are times that call for digital. Some would argue that film can conquer all styles of shooting (me being one of them), but when going for a specific look in a short amount of time, sometimes you have to choose a quicker tool to capture the vibe.
As you all are aware, we live in an instant gratification/no education/no experience/point & shoot/skill-less world of endless "photographers" across our great nation. Yes, at the risk of being overly negative... I'm calling all of you out that don't even know the simple principles of the exposure triangle. Go on with yer bad selves and keep dumbing down photography for the rest of the world... (as you can tell, I'm a bit passionate on this topic).
Disclaimer: This isn't directed at the new shooters to the game, and if anyone has any questions about photography, both digital or film, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I'd love to geek out with you.
With that said... I head out to Chattanooga, TN to capture photos of Ciscily Crislip for a Spring ad I'm putting together for Unclaimed Baggage. It was completely impromptu and we had a blast!!
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- Canon 70-200mm Lens
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Portraits in the Rain
It's always a pleasure working with a model you have a history with. Lauren has been great to work with for well over a year now. Once you develop a working relationship with your crew things go smoother.
We had a full afternoon to explore Scottsboro, Alabama to shoot some upcoming Spring apparel for an ad I'm buildling. This particular day the sky decided to fall out and we had to work with the limitations we were given. "But Matt... why not just work on a different day"? Great questions, it's becuase this is the only day we had the model and opportunity to shoot. So... adapt and overcome. Fortunately, the sky dried up just long enough for us to capture this beautiful back country road and stay relatively dry.
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- Canon 70-200 Lens
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I did want to point out a little note on the last image. This was shot outside under a gazebo. To get this "studio backdrop" feel to the image I exposed my background first, then angled higher than normal, exposed the model a bit brighter than her surroundings and BAM... it looks fake LOL! Kind of a neat look to it that may work well for some of you. This was a happy accident. Not a designed shot.
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Ilford Delta 3200 is a bit tough to get through being a higher ISO (for my style of shooting), but when you get through your first roll and see what it produces... you'll be hooked for sure.
For me, I shoot a lot in direct sunlight then slowly transition to darker city scapes or inside venues. I fell like in order for me to keep pushing this beautiful film I'll need to invest in a good ND filter for the Bessa R2A and Zeiss ZM 50mm f/2. Sure I could nab Fuji Acros 100 and push it to 400 or 800 to find a happy middle ground, but I'm really in love with the Ilford 3200 feel.
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