First things first, I have to confess that I am 80% a digital shooter. It’s more convenient because I work mostly with models, and therefore, attention to detail is important, so I like to occasionally be able to check the results on the LCD screen.
Recently, I did some cleaning up in my studio and I came across a few rolls of expired film, and I decided to use them in a project that reflects on memory and distance. The camera I used was an old Canon EOS 50E, which I had purchased years ago off eBay.
I shot two rolls of film in a span of 3 weeks. First, I used Kodak T-MAX 400; three weeks later, I shot this roll of Superia X-TRA 400, which I saved on purpose for this beautiful model, especially because I was hoping her blue hair would look good on a saturated film. I also insisted on using as much red and blue colors on the outfits, so that the results would fit in a balanced RGB mood.
We broke the session (timewise) into two parts; I shot the first set of frames around 6 PM, in my garden, trying to take advantage of the available shadows, in order to preserve as much as possible of the color palette. The second half of the roll was just before sunset, on the hills around my neighborhood. The light was simply wonderful, paired with the beautiful colors of sky and hills. The biggest challenge was to get a decent exposure of the model’s extremely fair skin under direct sunlight. I measured the exposure a few times using my Canon 5D Mk4, and hoped for the best.
The lens I used is my trusted Canon EF 50mm f/1.4, which ensured the beautiful crisp result on the portrait work. I develop and scan my films in a local photo lab, so I cannot provide any further useful technical information.
I must say however, the results are very much up to my expectations, and I hope the readers of Emulsive will enjoy them as well. Thank you for reading.
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