It has been a while since I’ve done any kind of photo shoot. I got talked into doing someone’s senior photos several weeks ago. I decided to go all-film, with my work camera that hasn’t seen the day of light in a while – Mamiya 645 PRO. I used two rolls of Fuji PRO 400H and one roll of my precious Kodak Portra 160NC. In reality, I shot 2 frames of HP5+ too, in the Ricohflex, but that’s still at frame #2 so that will have to wait a while. The last lab that processed my film lost my roll in return mail, well, technically the post office did, but who knows. So, this time I used Dwayne’s Photos in Kansas – can’t go wrong with them since they are world famous – they were the last lab that processed Kodachrome.
The shoot went alright, not the greatest since, apparently my subjects were in a hurry. I had about 2 hours to finish up. Technically, we never got around to every spot we planned, and I had to start an hour or two earlier than I’d like to, in terms of lighting. I think the results are a lot better than I anticipated, everything technical is essentially spot on, given the conditions. Some of the poses could be more desirable, however, I always like to keep a certain sense of reality and personal traits in the photo as much as possible.
I think I still know what I’m doing.