No mistaking a Marchesa gown…
My Esme, writing a letter to her daddy. Something about dinosaurs.
Contax 645 / Portra 800 / PPI
Three weeks ago I was wandering the sunlit paths and warm streets of Charleston. Now I’m editing photos with frozen fingers and a blanket with the sight of dirty snow out my window. They all said living in New England would make me hate Winter. They all said it.
Contax 645, Portra 400
Esme, very thoughtfully composing…
Contax 645 | Portra 400
I’m no expert, but I have taken a lot of photos. One of the best ways I have found to improve is to look at photographs that are striking to me and figure out exactly why. It’s not always as easy as it seems. This has become even more relevant lately while I try to understand what it is about film that always catches my eye.
So I thought it’d be fun to start working in one roll of film during portrait sessions and be able to compare film versus digital while dealing with one subject, one lighting condition, and one backdrop.
The verdict? They’re just…different. I love the contrasts of film as much as I love the brightness of digital. Hopefully just the process of examining and finding what aspects of a photograph move me will help me be able to capture them more often, film or no film.
Anyone want to share their answer to “why film?”
And of course, Esme. Kodak Portra 160 NC. Last one.
First image from my first roll of Kodak Portra 160 NC film. I’m happy.