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Discussion in 'People Photography' started by Alpha, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. Alpha

    Alpha Troll Extraordinaire

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    Okay, so the photos aren't old. But the film is. Kodak EPY (64T) expired in 1980. Shot at EI50 and cross-processed. This is not a diptych, btw. And they're a bit soft because of the damned flatbed scanner. And if you'd like to be added to my ignore list, just try calling me on the rule of thirds.


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  2. jstuedle

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    I would never call you on a rule Max. Seldom use 'em myself. :) Amazing quality for 25 Y.O. expired film. Was the BG a neutral gray? The skin tone looks good, just the BG looks a little cold.
     
  3. Alpha

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    The BG is actually a little warm in real life...it's unbleached canvas. The color shifts in general are undoubtedly due to the use of tungsten film without a daylight-balancing filter, and then cross-processing. I'm not entirely sure why it's more pronounced in the second one. I guess that's just the nature of the beast.
     
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    What kind of camera did you run this through? I like the vignetting.
     
  5. Alpha

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    The vignetting is due to the lens. It's an 80mm Rodenstock Heligon from a Graflex XL (6x9) mounted onto a recessed board for my 4x5 monorail. It doesn't quite cover 4x5.
     
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    I can feel her lips.
     
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    I find that an obvious backdrop distracts the viewer and creates a contrived, artificial, and deliberately posed look to the image. I would shoot outside with a fast lens and use depth of field to blur out a dark or light background to give more of a romantic, natural, feel to the image.

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  8. Alpha

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    I doubt there will ever be anything natural looking about expired and cross-processed tungsten film shot at daylight temperatures. The lens is extraordinarily fast: f2.8 on 4x5.

    This isn't your ordinary portrait session. They're friends who came over to my room, had a couple glasses of wine, and enjoyed themselves in front of the camera while I tested this film for the first time. I think you have my intentions confused. I was well aware of the backdrop being obvious. As you can see from my many comments to others on the board who I criticize for placing their subjects too close to the backdrop, I'm no stranger to that technical issue. I also beg to differ that shooting outdoors and opting for a bokeh background gives any less of a contrived or artificial look. Expressions of affection have no "natural" setting. They're natural anywhere and everywhere.
     
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    I absolutely LOVE the tenderness of the first image. :)
     

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