This image turned out way more contrasty than I originally envisioned it to be. I should hardly be surprised as the lighting was pretty harsh. I got to this location far later into the day than I originally intended and the sun was blazing without hardly a cloud in the sky. It was one of those days where even just looking into the viewfinder one felt like your retinas were going to burn to a crisp from the harsh glare of the sun.Read More
So here is a comparison that I imagine most photographers can relate to. After developing this roll of film I probably flipped back and forth between these two photographs for the better part of an hour trying to decide which one I liked better. These two frames were exposed one after the other. More or less the same pose. The exact same exposure and lighting conditions on each.
The only difference between the two images really is that one I pulled back the camera in the scene just a little bit to add a bit more of the environment into the image. One little change and I create an hour of anxiety for myself. The life of an artist folks. It’s a constant thrill ride let me tell you.
Ultimately I feel like I decided on the top image as my favorite. I think the added negative space in the overall composition has a better emotional effect in this particular case. Still, both images are nothing to sneeze at. I love the soft lighting and the harsh straight lines of the staircase cutting directly through the frame.
Phew!! I just got home from a very long hike in the sunshine in the Columbia River Gorge and now it’s time to rest my feet, and my back, and just write out a relaxing blog post. So yeah, ok, I realize this image has nothing at all to do with hiking, or the outdoors, but it does have to do with a lot of sunshine.
I’m not going to deny I was hoping for a bit less contrast and a lot more detail in the shadow areas of this image when I exposed the frame. I think ultimately I underdeveloped the negative a bit too much which in turn kept details out of the shadow areas and makes the image appear to be very contrasty. Just outside the window on the right side of the frame there were a lot of flower bushes which is the shadow patterns you are seeing across the model’s body.Read More
Working through some of the rolls I made while in California and this one stood out enough for me to scan it right away. I’m a sucker for a basic portrait. Especially when a portrait is made with some very nice and subdued natural light. Sure, it may be a very simple and frequently done way to make a photograph but I never claimed to be re-inventing the wheel here.
Photographed with the Hasselblad 500c/m and Ilford HP5 film. I developed this per the standard development process recommended by Ilford. Rodinal at a ratio of 1:50, 20 degrees C. at 11 minutes. the light was so flat and even I knew I didn’t have to do much in the development process to get good results.
It’s nice when all the pieces line up to make a good photograph.
I’m still developing rolls of film from my first serious shoot with the Hasselblad 500c/m. I’m still really wowed by the results. In all honesty, I’m only typing that out because it helps me mentally justify the cameras I sold off in order to buy the Hasselblad in the first place. I’m willing to bet more than a few people who end up reading this can relate.Read More