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chrism
1-Jan-2015, 11:45
I'm going to be very brave and just a bit cheeky, given my newbie status, and start off this month's portrait thread. Hope that's OK!

My fourth large format photo involved a change of light from the one in my introduction thread, (south-facing windows plus a kitchen spotlight designed to stop me missing remaining crud on the washing up), the same Crown Graphic, my poor, tolerant son, HP5+ @640, Rodinal semi-stand (with some guesswork as I needed more volume but not more development, so 6ml Rodinal in 800ml water for 40 minutes):

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7499/16165886502_290a45a6ef_c.jpg

I think I like this!

Chris

Mark Sawyer
1-Jan-2015, 12:07
Nicely done, Chris!

mdarnton
1-Jan-2015, 12:14
Looks great. Maybe you could burn that white spot over his shoulder down a bit?

Peter Lewin
1-Jan-2015, 12:15
Time for you to drop the "newbie" stuff, that's as fine a portrait as any! Very nice job.

Ari
1-Jan-2015, 12:24
Good portrait, and nice job of shooting HP5 at 640 ISO; I didn't think it could look that good underexposed.
I may just go wild and use mine at ISO 400. :)

Nathan67
1-Jan-2015, 12:27
Fujinon 360 f6.3 wide open. Horseman monorail, Polaroid T55 neg scanned before degunking...

https://throughfujinoneyes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/polat55_gunk_ingrid001.jpg

Nathan67
1-Jan-2015, 12:30
Polaroid T64 this time, (tungsten balanced) Same set up as above. Lit with Arri fresnels by the way :)

https://throughfujinoneyes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/polat64_ingrid004.jpg

SergeiR
2-Jan-2015, 20:46
finally, first series in this year ;)

8x10, Vitax #4

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7541/15994877917_5cced60ab1_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qnpVXc)Glimpses - 3 (https://flic.kr/p/qnpVXc) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7570/15994869447_7af70572a7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qnpTra)Glimpses - 1 (https://flic.kr/p/qnpTra) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

mdarnton
3-Jan-2015, 07:26
Fujinon 360 f6.3 wide open. Horseman monorail, Polaroid T55 neg scanned before degunking...

Really like that one a lot!

D-tach
3-Jan-2015, 07:57
finally, first series in this year ;)

8x10, Vitax #4


Love that second one Sergei!

mdarnton
3-Jan-2015, 11:17
Not necessarily the best shot from the shoot; just the first one scanned,
but I like it. 8x10 x-ray film, 36cm Heliar, but with a layer of diffusion added
in Photoshop, so this isn't an example of what the lens does!

Main is a gridded softbox, feathered not to hit the background, hair/shoulder
light is a grid, and fill is bare bulb right next to the lens on the left, all
300WS strobes. I'm really liking what bare bulbs do as fill lights.

I guess I'm going through a Karsh phase . . .

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16000290279_0cd39d81f2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qnTERM)

Alex Hersh (https://flic.kr/p/qnTERM)
by michael.darnton (https://www.flickr.com/people/118045067@N03/), on Flickr

Pfiltz
3-Jan-2015, 14:36
Fomapan 100, 1 hour stand in Adinol..

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/4x5/Carmen.jpg

Peter Lewin
3-Jan-2015, 14:55
Pfiltz: beautiful! Your tonality of the high key areas is wonderful, it makes the subject's face really pop (and the fact that she is very attractive doesn't hurt :)).

Pfiltz
3-Jan-2015, 18:24
Thanks Peter... I've always found High Key easy to shoot whether it be film or digital. I always see a lot of low key work here, so I thought I'd venture over to the other side of the road. ;)

mdarnton
3-Jan-2015, 18:54
Another from the same sitting. 4x5 Graflex Super D, this time, with its own
190mm Optar. I'll be doing more and putting them up on my LF Flickr page.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8585/15570274743_f333d39e5b_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pHTJdP)

Alex Hersh 3 (https://flic.kr/p/pHTJdP)
by michael.darnton (https://www.flickr.com/people/118045067@N03/), on Flickr

Pfiltz
4-Jan-2015, 12:08
Not necessarily the best shot from the shoot; just the first one scanned,
but I like it. 8x10 x-ray film, 36cm Heliar, but with a layer of diffusion added
in Photoshop, so this isn't an example of what the lens does!

Main is a gridded softbox, feathered not to hit the background, hair/shoulder
light is a grid, and fill is bare bulb right next to the lens on the left, all
300WS strobes. I'm really liking what bare bulbs do as fill lights.

I guess I'm going through a Karsh phase . . .

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/16000290279_0cd39d81f2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qnTERM)

Alex Hersh (https://flic.kr/p/qnTERM)
by michael.darnton (https://www.flickr.com/people/118045067@N03/), on Flickr

I like the toning. I would to have liked to see his right arm/hand somewhere... Just a thought.

mdarnton
4-Jan-2015, 13:55
Good thought. Thanks.

Ari
4-Jan-2015, 19:29
I like the toning. I would to have liked to see his right arm/hand somewhere... Just a thought.


Good thought. Thanks.

I wouldn't need to see a hand or arm, but just to have the right side more delineated, or separated from the background.
His right shoulder is nicely and subtly separated from the background, I would have liked to see that along the right arm more.
Nice look, good shot all the same.

mdarnton
4-Jan-2015, 21:12
I'm not excusing myself, but explaining:
What inspired me on these was seeing the Steichen show at the Art Institute of Chicago last month. Consequently, I'm on a Karsh, Steichen, 1930s-1950s portrait binge now. Fortunately, the cellist came to me and specified he wanted an old-style B&W portrait, shot on large format, which he'd heard I was experimenting with (how perfect!)

In our shop we have a Karsh and a Hurrell of Heifetz (not the normal Karsh one--I couldn't find it on the web), and in both cases there's a total lack of interest in detail in dark areas of dark clothing, or separation from background, which is very contrary to my own habit of detailed, open shadows. Then at the Steichen show, I saw the same thing, especially how he used bright areas popping out of total darkness, without too much regard to whatever was going on with the dark--no outlines, for instance, of dark bodies on dark fields, and absolutely NO possibility of detail in many black areas, and believe me, I looked for it.

What I did here, then, was intentional, with just a tiny bit of shoulder and hair light from directly above to separate only the top lines, but I (also) am not sure whether I overdid it or not, this being the first time I've tried it.

One thing I didn't do, which I notice in some Karsh and Steichen published work, is some very artificial retouching to outline bodies. There are traces on my negs of what you want to see, but I'm not up to that yet, though I am warming up my pencils. :-)

This picture also made a big impression on me:
http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/.a/6a00df351e888f883401a73dbd2195970d-800wi
I have never made negs that thin and detail-free! So then I started looking for those same empty blacks in Karsh's work, and they are there, too, though less than Steichen regularly did.

Steichen:
http://www.bjp-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Steichen-Lily_Pons-940x1172.jpg
http://www.bjp-online.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Steichen-Greta_Garbo_John_Gilbert-940x1185.jpg
https://petitemelancolie.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/edward-steichen-dancer-harriet-hoctor-for-vanity-fair-nd.jpg

One might think it's just the reproduction, but there were quite a few original prints in the show with no detail at all in the blacks, against black, in the same vein as the first link above, of Lily Pons. It really made me think about letting pure design and layout take over against information.

axs810
4-Jan-2015, 21:24
mdarnton - I'd suggest next time using a gridded strip box for a subject like this. You wouldn't worry about light hitting the background (from your description it's sounds like that's what you were going for) and it would also make the reflection on the cello a little thinner and less distracting. I suppose it would also have been nice to have a very slight fill on the left side of the cello. Just a suggestion :)

mdarnton
4-Jan-2015, 21:27
The main is actually a gridded 2x3 soft box, feathered to miss the background, as you're suggesting, but too wide, perhaps. I probably should burn that reflection down a bit more. . . there's detail in the neg to do it.

By the way, I also had a background light down low to put a sunburst behind the shoulders, but decided to go more Steichen than Karsh, and left it turned off.

There's a later version here where I made everything less contrasty and brought the highlights down--as it wore on me the image I put up started to feel too harsh: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeldarnton/16188815462/sizes/c/

axs810
4-Jan-2015, 22:59
Yeah in my opinion the softbox may have been a little too wide. Strip boxes are generally pretty thin but it would have lit the subject the same but kept a smaller/thinner reflection

jesse
5-Jan-2015, 02:03
Ebony 4X5, Voigtlander Petzval, Fomapan 100
http://forum.hklfc.com/data/attachment/forum/201501/03/152749rjrbklosgww1okl1.jpg

ThePhilosopher
5-Jan-2015, 07:30
After quite a hiatus I used my Alpina for some portraits. This shot is with my Sinar Alpina w/Xenar 150mm f/5.6 and what happens when you forget what film is loaded - this is Portra 160VC stand developed in Rodinal 1:100
http://www.bartkophoto.com/Selah3/Selah_45_0003.jpg

Here is some rather expired Ektachrome E100VS in Arista E-6.
http://www.bartkophoto.com/Selah3/Selah_Ektachrome_0003.jpg

Finally, one of my last shots with FP-100C45.
http://www.bartkophoto.com/Selah3/Selah_Pola_0002.jpg

axs810
5-Jan-2015, 07:37
Woah awesome I didn't know you could develop c41 film with rodinal lol! Nice results too

Ari
5-Jan-2015, 07:53
Friend and fellow photographer, Clive.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7529/16020003557_ab9f2bb31c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qpCGVT)Clive (https://flic.kr/p/qpCGVT) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

Toyo 810M, Cooke XVa, HP5+

Peter De Smidt
5-Jan-2015, 08:04
Ari, that's a natural feeling portrait. The utter lack of harshness is very appealing. Please stop making me want to get a Cooke lens!

ThePhilosopher
5-Jan-2015, 08:39
Woah awesome I didn't know you could develop c41 film with rodinal lol! Nice results too

Call it a happy accident - I had no intentions on having that happen, it was in a holder labeled as Plus-X. Just a good reason not to take off too much time from shooting LF.

Ari
5-Jan-2015, 08:47
Ari, that's a natural feeling portrait. The utter lack of harshness is very appealing. Please stop making me want to get a Cooke lens!

Thank you, Peter; sorry, I can't help with the not-wanting-a-Cooke part. :)

alex from holland
5-Jan-2015, 09:41
Henk
11x11" tintype
Dallmeyer 3A wide open at f4

http://upload.pbase.com/image/158723569/original.jpg

SergeiR
5-Jan-2015, 10:20
Love that second one Sergei!

Thanks, Tom. That was one i aimed to shoot, along with corset one.. :) First one was more of "oh crap, that looks cool, just hold on for a second" moment ;)

SergeiR
5-Jan-2015, 10:22
Keep dorking with Vitax, getting hang of perspective, light it captures better and so on (testing patience of me wife too :))

8x10 xray, abrasion toning and print screen. Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8663/16020783539_3e0d2c90b6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qpGGMR)Portait with headscarf (https://flic.kr/p/qpGGMR) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

logan.egbert
5-Jan-2015, 12:13
I really love this one Sergei. Damn.

alex from holland
5-Jan-2015, 12:18
strong Sergei!

Stoogley
5-Jan-2015, 12:42
Fomapan 100, 1 hour stand in Adinol..

http://www.keepsakephotography.us/4x5/Carmen.jpg

Wow! Those eyes.

Very nice high key shot.

SergeiR
5-Jan-2015, 15:21
I really love this one Sergei. Damn.

strong Sergei!

Thank you, Alex and Logan.

JoeV
5-Jan-2015, 15:35
Keep dorking with Vitax, getting hang of perspective, light it captures better and so on (testing patience of me wife too :))

8x10 xray, abrasion toning and print screen. Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8663/16020783539_3e0d2c90b6_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qpGGMR)Portait with headscarf (https://flic.kr/p/qpGGMR) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

Great image, Sergei. I'm not familiar with "abrasion toning and print screen;" perhaps you can elaborate?

~Joe

Nathan67
5-Jan-2015, 17:22
Sergei! Cracking work as usual!
Pfiltz! Lovely clean look here!

Nathan67
5-Jan-2015, 17:25
Another from a recent shoot with an opera singer. Horseman 5x4 monorail with Fujinon W 360 f6.3 Lit with Arri fresnels
T-Max 100, 1:100 Rodinal stand dev.
https://throughfujinoneyes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/t-max-rodinal100_ingrid001.jpg

mdarnton
5-Jan-2015, 18:47
Keep dorking with Vitax, getting hang of perspective, light it captures better and so on (testing patience of me wife too :))

8x10 xray, abrasion toning and print screen. Vitax #4

That's VERY cool.

SergeiR
5-Jan-2015, 19:36
Thanks guys.

Joe - its technique developed by William Mortensen to do dodging/burning with specific textures, and utilizing print screens in process of finalizing whole thing. Its a bit different from your typical dodge/burn.

alanbutler57
5-Jan-2015, 22:01
Thanks guys.

Joe - its technique developed by William Mortensen to do dodging/burning with specific textures, and utilizing print screens in process of finalizing whole thing. Its a bit different from your typical dodge/burn.

The best homage to Mortensen I've seen. Bravo!
You are abrasion toning silver prints before scanning?

jp
6-Jan-2015, 11:36
Really enjoy the Mortensen technique and style!

I was at the beach a couple weeks ago when a warm day or two melted our precious snow. Normally we don't dress like this in December. Found a new beach I hadn't yet photographed and had a lot of fun. It is now 5f and windy and we won't be dressing like that for a while.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8657/16029080159_b362ac3ff6_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qqre62)
img581 (https://flic.kr/p/qqre62) by philbrookjason (https://www.flickr.com/people/13759696@N02/), on Flickr

4x5 speed, gundlach hyperion 9", fp4+ in pyrocat hd.

ckagy
6-Jan-2015, 12:13
Thanks guys.

Joe - its technique developed by William Mortensen to do dodging/burning with specific textures, and utilizing print screens in process of finalizing whole thing. Its a bit different from your typical dodge/burn.

Pretty please, can you tell a little more about these processes? I've spent all morning consulting the oracle (google) and haven't even come up with even a good starting point. You made such a striking print - I know the abrasion toning and screen printing is a small part of it, but wow!

Peter De Smidt
6-Jan-2015, 12:32
See Print Finishing, by William Mortensen and George Dunham, http://www.amazon.com/Print-Finishing-William-Mortensen/dp/125840706X

seven
6-Jan-2015, 15:28
very nice work, Sergei ! what screen did you use ? something you made ?

Ken Lee
6-Jan-2015, 16:21
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8657/16029080159_b362ac3ff6_c.jpg

Excellent !

SergeiR
6-Jan-2015, 16:41
See Print Finishing, by William Mortensen and George Dunham, http://www.amazon.com/Print-Finishing-William-Mortensen/dp/125840706X
Yep, thanks for link Peter. Thats one and another one is Negative.

I think they explain it better than i could, plus i modified process slightly, adapted it to my needs.


very nice work, Sergei ! what screen did you use ? something you made ?

Yup. Much like Mortensen did - i scavenged around and scanned quite a few things, from canvas to stained paper (artsy paper from calligraphy section in from Hobby Lobby , they got nice texture and can be stained)). So i have quite a number of "ready to go" sets , that can be printed or overlayed right away.

SergeiR
6-Jan-2015, 16:42
I was at the beach a couple weeks ago when a warm day or two melted our precious snow. Normally we don't dress like this in December. Found a new beach I hadn't yet photographed and had a lot of fun. It is now 5f and windy and we won't be dressing like that for a while.


4x5 speed, gundlach hyperion 9", fp4+ in pyrocat hd.

Very nice and sweet life portrait.

ckagy
6-Jan-2015, 18:05
Thanks for the pointers, gentlemen!

ThePhilosopher
7-Jan-2015, 08:10
Really enjoy the Mortensen technique and style!

I was at the beach a couple weeks ago when a warm day or two melted our precious snow. Normally we don't dress like this in December. Found a new beach I hadn't yet photographed and had a lot of fun. It is now 5f and windy and we won't be dressing like that for a while.
4x5 speed, gundlach hyperion 9", fp4+ in pyrocat hd.

This is a keeper - I'm hoping to take many LF portraits of my wee ones (even though they're still a coming attraction).

Will Whitaker
7-Jan-2015, 08:59
Not exactly 2015, but that's when I finally got around to trying to scan it. Yours truly taken in 1983 when I was much younger. :rolleyes: I had hair color then. (At least I still have the hair, although not nearly so bushy anymore, thank goodness.) Well, it was the '80's!

I think I had bought my first LF camera within the year preceding this. It was a Wista 45DX and my lens was a Nikkor-W 210. This is when they still made Polaroid Type 52 and I got to fooling around one day with the 4x5 and a single clamp-on utility light from the hardware store. The scanner is unforgiving - it picked up the coater marks very faithfully!

http://wfwhitaker.com/images/wfw.jpg

richardman
7-Jan-2015, 14:54
"Snapshot of My Wife"

Of course, a snapshot means setting up the 4x5, extend the bellow to 365mm to use the new 14" Gold Dot Dagor, and fiffle fiddle diddle. This is why I am switching to shoot color negs from slides - somehow the highlight is burned but I still like the photo a lot.

http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150107-Scanned-696.jpg

Alessandro Bocchi
7-Jan-2015, 16:49
Padua (PD) Italy - Christine wearing a Mask. I try to take some pictures at home with just one simple light that i built myself. I made also some development test and practicing with the scanner.

- Camera: TOYO-FIELD 45 AII L (Linhof)
- Lens: VOIGTLANDER Heliar 210 1:4.5 in Compound shutter
- Exposure: 1/5 seconds at f 6.3
- Film: FOMAPAN - 100 ASA - size 4x5"
- Developer: ILFORD PQ UNIVERSAL 1+9 - 30 seconds at 19 C than KODAK HC-110 - Dilution H (1+63) - 9 minutes and 15 seconds at 19 C
- Stop: ILFORD ILFO STOP
- Fixer: ILFORD HYPAM FIXER
- Lightmeter: Gossen Lunasix 3 reading the incident light
- Lighting: One continuous Light

- Scanner: EPSON V700 and EPSON Scan 3.81
- Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8601/15968492822_7c8f1afdcc_b.jpg

jp
7-Jan-2015, 20:31
Thanks ThePhilosopher, SergeiR, Ken!

Richard, if it's shot on negative film, the detail is probably there in the highlights and needs some different scanning.

richardman
8-Jan-2015, 01:02
Richard, if it's shot on negative film, the detail is probably there in the highlights and needs some different scanning.

JP, it's on Provia. I am moving to negs films, but still have boatload of Provia left :-)

richardman
8-Jan-2015, 01:03
Actually, looking at the slide, I think I could recover the highlight. Vuescan was being too aggressive again. Let me try again...

richardman
8-Jan-2015, 01:40
OK! Much better. That's for post processing when sleepy :-)

chrism
10-Jan-2015, 13:29
I hope there isn't a rule about more than one entry into the monthly portrait thread. I have been playing around. My first Graflex Crown Graphic had broken hooks on the Graflok back, and I had to hold the back on with rubber bands. I bought another Crown Graphic from KEH to cannibalise, but it turned out to have a Graphic (or spring) back, not a Graflok. With a set of jeweler's screwdrivers and some determination I swapped the backs, changing the ground glass only focusing screen from the Graphic to the ground glass and fresnel lens from the Graflok in addition to changing the backs. I suspect only someone who has played with these Graflex cameras will be following me at this point! The concern at this stage is that the ground glass surface that used to sit at the same plane that a sheet of film in a film holder would occupy in the donor camera is now displaced by the plexiglass fresnel lens that I have placed under it. Why didn't I think of that before spending hours making a hybrid camera? Shall I take out the fresnel, move it above the ground glass as some recommend? Use the ground glass by itself which is bound to work but will be dark everywhere except the centre, obviating the possibility of using the limited movements offered by Graflex cameras? I decided to try it out and see what happens. I found a Graflok back on the Bay all by itself so I can afford to do an experiment while I wait.
Now just to be difficult, I didn't want to stick with the Linhof 127mm lens that I got with my first Crown Graphic. It equals a 42mm lens in 35mm ('tiny format') terms and I want to do portraits. I have obtained a Rodenstock Apo-Sironar N 210mm lens and ordered a carbon fibre lens board from the Czech Republic to mount it. This should equal a 70mm lens in the tiny format, which was the minimum for portraits that I would choose in my days there. I hate doing experiments with too many variables—don't you? Thinking that a day with no film developed is a day wasted, I went ahead and corralled my poor wife into sitting in the kitchen. I took two photos, one at f16 for increased depth of field in case my fresnel lens added to the Graphic back threw off the focus, and one at f5.6 just in case it didn't. The second turned out to be just fine! Now I have to decide whether to swap to the proper Graflok back or not when it turns up in a week or so—I suspect I shouldn't mess with proper focus! Here it is, HP5+ @400, f5.6, 1/15, Rodinal 6ml in 900ml for 40 minutes semi-stand and a Hasselblad X1 scan:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7509/15627987573_7bd91224fd_c.jpg

I see that Flickr continues to oversharpen images embedded elsewhere. Oh, well.

Chris

mdarnton
10-Jan-2015, 15:44
Good, solid picture. I like it. You will like the 210mm focal length.

Maybe you should do some tests to see precisely where focus is sitting with things the way they are now, then decide if you need to change anything.

Jiri Vasina
10-Jan-2015, 16:08
Have decided some things are more important and some are less, and in the past 6months have returned back to my LF shooting...

This is a shot of my wife, Sunday afternoon relax before last Christmas



http://www.vasina.net/wp-content/gallery/lide/p4x5-115_web.jpg
http://www.vasina.net/?p=6811
"Sunday afternoon relax"


Shot with M.P.P. Mk. VII 45" LF camera and Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 135mm :4.7 lens on 45" Kodak T-Max 400 film exposed at EI 320, developed in Rodinal (R09).

Oren Grad
10-Jan-2015, 17:22
Have decided some things are more important and some are less, and in the past 6months have returned back to my LF shooting...

Very happy to see you back, thanks for sharing!

mdm
10-Jan-2015, 18:18
Me too.

David Karp
10-Jan-2015, 20:43
Yes. Absolutely.

Michael W
10-Jan-2015, 21:42
http://whystoptime.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/lf-harald-8x10-blog-copy.jpg

This is from December. Deardorff 8x10 with Apo Ronar 360mm at f/9
HP5 in Rodinal. Window light with room lights off. Neg scanned on Epson V700.

Andrew Plume
11-Jan-2015, 03:59
Jiri, Hi

great to see you back on here, please continue etc etc - and btw, I've always enjoyed your work, there's something really fresh about it

regards
andrew

Andrew Plume
11-Jan-2015, 04:00
and for the odd member who doesn't think that a Xenar is a very respectable lens, Jiri's image certainly confirma that it is

andrew

Scott Davis
11-Jan-2015, 07:18
https://dcphotoartist.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/barbarabodnerhermagis.jpg

Canham 5x7, Hermagis Eidoscope 11" f5, 1/30th @ f5 via Jim Galli shutter.

scheinfluger_77
11-Jan-2015, 09:46
Yes that is a lovely photo. I wish I had a way to adapt my 300/4.5 to my Crown, but the only thing I can visualize is something that looks like a Patriot missle battery. I think that would be inviting trouble.

and for the odd member who doesn't think that a Xenar is a very respectable lens, Jiri's image certainly confirma that it is

andrew

Jiri Vasina
11-Jan-2015, 13:01
Thank you all for the kind re-welcome. I was a little ashamed of myself, unsure, thinking whether I even should return here after such a long pause without a word from me. So I'm happy for "you not turning your back on me". And yes, I have learned (sincerely hope so) a lesson about priorities, time...

Regarding the Xenar: both of my versions (the 135mm f:4.7 and the Xenar 210mm f:4.5) are from the 50's, and the 210mm is my most used lens overall. I just love the way it renders the image. I have several lenses with relatively close focal length, a 180mm, a 160mm and the 210mm is the one I choose most often. Because of it's character. One reason for the difference from others' experience might be, that I most often shoot it at f/8 or f/11, and more likely in the f/4.5-f/8 range than anything above f/13. I only rarely shoot any lens at f/32 or stopped down more. To me, this is the way to let the lens speak it's character, to shoot it wide-ish...

Jiri

Pali K
11-Jan-2015, 14:22
This is from December. Deardorff 8x10 with Apo Ronar 360mm at f/9
HP5 in Rodinal. Window light with room lights off. Neg scanned on Epson V700.

Really nice Michael! I just got this camera and have a very similar lens on its way so it's nice to see what you can do with this combo.

- Pali

timglass
11-Jan-2015, 14:30
Ari, love this portrait. I just shot my first 10 shots with a technika 4by5. If i may ask, what is your favorite developer for portraits. the paper is hp5plus. thanks tim If this is against thread protocol, then how did you develop this nice picture.

Ari
11-Jan-2015, 14:50
Ari, love this portrait. I just shot my first 10 shots with a technika 4by5. If i may ask, what is your favorite developer for portraits. the paper is hp5plus. thanks tim If this is against thread protocol, then how did you develop this nice picture.

Hi Tim,
Thank you; I use HC-110 developer, dilution H, for all my films. Developed in a Jobo 3005 on a motorized base.

goamules
11-Jan-2015, 18:16
Sisters 2015. 8x10 Tmax with Velostigmat, Soft setting 5.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7489/16073196999_a99734cc99_c.jpg

Ray Bidegain
11-Jan-2015, 19:23
127946
Portrait of N. 8x10 Platinum print.

Ray Bidegain
11-Jan-2015, 19:24
127947
Nick 8x10 Platinum print

Ari
11-Jan-2015, 19:33
127947
Nick 8x10 Platinum print

Really loving the background here, Ray. A lot.
Nice-looking guy, good pose, nice suit, but the background is killer.

timglass
11-Jan-2015, 20:53
thanks Ari

mdarnton
11-Jan-2015, 21:37
Ray Bidegain:
Portrait of N. 8x10 Platinum print.

Really, that is a perfect portrait; hands, pose, framing, light, everything.

Ray Bidegain
11-Jan-2015, 21:50
Really loving the background here, Ray. A lot.
Nice-looking guy, good pose, nice suit, but the background is killer.

Thank you Ari, it is a very cool daylight studio here in Portland that I sometimes use.

Ray

Ray Bidegain
11-Jan-2015, 21:50
Really, that is a perfect portrait; hands, pose, framing, light, everything.

Thank you for your kind words mdarnton

mike rosenlof
12-Jan-2015, 10:42
Have decided some things are more important and some are less, and in the past 6months have returned back to my LF shooting...

This is a shot of my wife, Sunday afternoon relax before last Christmas



http://www.vasina.net/wp-content/gallery/lide/p4x5-115_web.jpg
http://www.vasina.net/?p=6811
"Sunday afternoon relax"


Shot with M.P.P. Mk. VII 45" LF camera and Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar 135mm :4.7 lens on 45" Kodak T-Max 400 film exposed at EI 320, developed in Rodinal (R09).

I like the setting, light, sharpness, etc, but the eyeglass frames cutting across her eyes disturbes me. Welcome back to LF!

goamules
12-Jan-2015, 12:08
Here's another with a different lens I got at a flea market for $20. 12" Commercial Ektar on Ilford 125 8x10:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7526/16079795837_68ee4d50bc_b.jpg

axs810
12-Jan-2015, 22:17
Unless the girls re-did their hair I think one of your photos might be reversed Goamules :p

goamules
14-Jan-2015, 16:27
OOps, sorry, got the film, print, scan, or something reversed. This one is wrong, the bracelet on my younger is on he left hand.

richardman
14-Jan-2015, 22:09
I shot 30 sheets this past weekend for my https://www.facebook.com/Transformations.CosplayPortraits Be afraid? :-)

"Casual" of Elizabeth:
http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150115-Scanned-714.jpg

In her Carnevale costume:
http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150115-Scanned-711.jpg

billie williams
15-Jan-2015, 10:08
127946
Portrait of N. 8x10 Platinum print.

Beautiful portrait. Her hands and face are lovely and the texture on the table adds a subtle dimension. (I think it's really hard to make hands look that graceful.)

cikaziva
15-Jan-2015, 11:16
http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu96/nejad_ljemani/Luka743_zps85899be2.jpg (http://s637.photobucket.com/user/nejad_ljemani/media/Luka743_zps85899be2.jpg.html)

http://i637.photobucket.com/albums/uu96/nejad_ljemani/Luka744_zps4383cd60.jpg (http://s637.photobucket.com/user/nejad_ljemani/media/Luka744_zps4383cd60.jpg.html)

thicktheo
16-Jan-2015, 12:22
Clearing out older negatives: Speed Graphic & Aero Ektar, Kodak Commercial Internegative film 4325 (expired 1996, developed with Digibase C-41 kit).

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7511/15675139713_aeb65a63e4.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pTabVx)

M.Lange
17-Jan-2015, 07:09
http://www.pagephoto.fr/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/photograph/508/bf580a2d8b55f3e936935d3e9c9e67f91421429648.jpg
Sinar Norma

Miguel Coquis
17-Jan-2015, 08:02
[QUOTE=M.Lange
Sinar Norma[/QUOTE]
M Lange, this is a very intersting visual !
I am very sure that many LFF fellows are enjoying it !!!
Very nice colors as well.
Thanks for sharing,
MAC

Ari
17-Jan-2015, 08:21
http://www.pagephoto.fr/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/photograph/508/bf580a2d8b55f3e936935d3e9c9e67f91421429648.jpg
Sinar Norma

Lovely everything, interesting pose and expression as well.
Nicely done!

Andrew Plume
17-Jan-2015, 11:36
127946
Portrait of N. 8x10 Platinum print.

Hi Ray

typically terrific work - I always enjoy visiting your website

regards
andrew

Scott --
17-Jan-2015, 15:39
Annual birthday portrait. My little boy is 15.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8669/15681369654_db9c2bcc4b_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pTH7Sj)Bubba at 15... (https://flic.kr/p/pTH7Sj) by Scott -- (https://www.flickr.com/people/87126550@N00/), on Flickr

Sironar-N 210/5.6, 4x5 Arista.EDU in DD-X

Scott Schroeder
18-Jan-2015, 15:20
Three plates from today. She's due in two weeks so this was kind of the only shot I had at this.....
Whole plate BGA, 12" derogy no4

http://schroederworks.com/Wetplate/KarynPregnant001.jpg

http://schroederworks.com/Wetplate/KarynPregnant002.jpg

http://schroederworks.com/Wetplate/KarynPregnantwithStew001.jpg

Ari
18-Jan-2015, 21:32
No images, Scott.
And congratulations!

Scott Schroeder
18-Jan-2015, 21:44
umm...oops. Not mine Ari! haha. It's a coworker.
Apparently my site is under attack so the images aren't coming through right now....

richardman
18-Jan-2015, 22:36
This is "casual clothing" which goes with the "Attack of Titans" Cosplay photo I took of them a few months earlier. You might say, "wait a minute, Richard, aren't these fine women wearing costumes?" and you would be incorrect. These women are wearing "lolita fashion," which is more similar to punk or goth as a fashion statement, rather than costuming per se. You're welcome :-)

http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150118-Scanned-725.jpg

benrains
19-Jan-2015, 06:44
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8642/16131184349_a5fd88d016_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qzsx76)
kara (https://flic.kr/p/qzsx76) by Ben Rains (https://www.flickr.com/people/8376113@N07/), on Flickr

Deardorff 8x10
Rodenstock Sironar-N 300/5.6
Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50

SergeiR
19-Jan-2015, 07:03
Deardorff 8x10
Rodenstock Sironar-N 300/5.6
Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50

Great image.

SergeiR
19-Jan-2015, 07:05
Annual birthday portrait. My little boy is 15.

Good grief.... :) Not so little and round-cheeky anymore, eh? :) Good portrait, and gratz on another year ;) (i believe parents should always be congratulated on their kids birthdays too :))

benrains
19-Jan-2015, 08:27
finally, first series in this year ;)

8x10, Vitax #4

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7570/15994869447_7af70572a7_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qnpTra)
Glimpses - 1 (https://flic.kr/p/qnpTra) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

This one is really spectacular. Well done!

alanbutler57
19-Jan-2015, 09:12
This one is really spectacular. Well done!

Absolutely agree. Bravo!

Jiri Vasina
19-Jan-2015, 09:54
kara (https://flic.kr/p/qzsx76) by Ben Rains (https://www.flickr.com/people/8376113@N07/), on Flickr

Deardorff 8x10
Rodenstock Sironar-N 300/5.6
Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50

Fantastic portrait...

Ari
19-Jan-2015, 18:11
Taken last week during my Dad's recent visit.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7546/16322028925_b6f47f104e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qSjExP)Papa (https://flic.kr/p/qSjExP) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr


And trying a new kind of blending thing in LR5:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8590/16134812908_08b035fb90_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qzM8Ks)Papa2 (https://flic.kr/p/qzM8Ks) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

Both Toyo 810M, Cooke XVa, HP5+

richardman
19-Jan-2015, 19:14
"Azreal the Angel of Death and the Queen of the Damned"

I love doing this project also because the stories I hear, cosplay that: brought a couple together; made a sister bond stronger; brought awareness of her Asperberger to the cosplayer; and now brought tears to a loving mother's eyes when her son won in a masquerade contest for the most amazing wing work I have ever seen...

For the https://www.facebook.com/Transformations.CosplayPortraits project

http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150119-Scanned-727.jpg

Peter De Smidt
19-Jan-2015, 19:21
Good stuff, Ari. The second one is particularly fine.

Ari
19-Jan-2015, 19:21
Thank you very much, Peter; being a new technique for me, it looks a bit heavy-handed right now.
Maybe it'll grow on me.

richardman
19-Jan-2015, 19:22
Lindsay, the masquerade director said in response to my posting: "Watching her cry tears of joy as I handed her rosettes almost made me lose it myself."

Ari
19-Jan-2015, 21:03
Uh-oh, I accidentally erased that second image; here it is again:

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8590/16134812908_e498791754_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qzM8Ks)Papa2 (https://flic.kr/p/qzM8Ks) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

ghostcount
19-Jan-2015, 23:09
Very good Ari.

What was the HP5+ developed in?

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 06:32
Very good Ari.

What was the HP5+ developed in?

Thank you, Randy; I develop everything in HC-110, dilution H.
And I didn't erase that image after all, sorry for the twice-posted image.

SergeiR
20-Jan-2015, 07:03
Ari - very nice and clean set of portraits.

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 07:28
Thank you, Sergei.

Peter Mounier
20-Jan-2015, 08:49
Ari
Both of those are really nice! Beautiful portraits. The second one looks like it has a spot light on your dad's face. Was that intentional?
I can't see the second one on the original post, so something did happen to it if you didn't delete.

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 09:19
Hi Peter,
Thank you; yes, the look is intentional.
The "studio" (our kitchen) is the brightest place in the house during the winter. But the light is not great, as it mostly comes from below, from reflected snow.
And the overall effect is usually one of mostly middle gray everywhere; rather than embrace it, I fight it.
The spotlight effect is a LR tool, an inverted ND filter that one can re-size and re-shape and then modify.
I'm not sold on it yet, and I wouldn't use it if I were shooting in different light, but it's still early in the going.

Peter Mounier
20-Jan-2015, 09:24
Ari
Thanks for the explanation.

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 09:34
You're welcome, Peter.

Here's another attempt with the same filter, same "studio" lighting, but shot closer to the floor:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7482/16135052720_3be36d14c7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qzNn39)Zsu (https://flic.kr/p/qzNn39) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

Toyo 810M, Cooke XVa, HP5+

Peter De Smidt
20-Jan-2015, 09:42
I like the effect, Ari, but perhaps a bit more subtle?

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 09:45
Agreed, Peter. I realize different screens will see things differently, but how does this look?

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7562/16140613259_e2f155d3f7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qAhRZv)Zsu2 (https://flic.kr/p/qAhRZv) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

Raffay
20-Jan-2015, 10:01
Amazing shot! I think this looks more natural IMHO.

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 10:17
Thank you, Raffay; on my monitor, it looks overly grey, full of midtowns.
I like the look, but it definitely needs more work.

Pali K
20-Jan-2015, 10:23
Ari, the 2nd version looks the way you described it on my screen which has been calibrated. I like the 2nd version. Really nice work as always.

- Pali

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 10:27
Thank you very much, Pali.
My own screen was calibrated a year ago, I can't imagine it's too far gone, so thanks for confirming what I see here.

Peter De Smidt
20-Jan-2015, 10:59
Agreed, Peter. I realize different screens will see things differently, but how does this look?



Much better, imo of course.

I just calibrated my Nec 10 minutes ago. :)

ghostcount
20-Jan-2015, 11:46
You're welcome, Peter.

Here's another attempt with the same filter, same "studio" lighting, but shot closer to the floor:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7482/16135052720_3be36d14c7_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qzNn39)Zsu (https://flic.kr/p/qzNn39) by Ari4000 (https://www.flickr.com/people/44110300@N06/), on Flickr

Toyo 810M, Cooke XVa, HP5+

Good stuff, Ari.

Ari
20-Jan-2015, 11:49
Thank you, Randy.

SergeiR
21-Jan-2015, 00:39
We had rather tough couple of weeks here. but finally recovered to play tonight

8x10, Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8571/16305674746_6ef02367c3_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qQSR2d)Portrait with derby hat (https://flic.kr/p/qQSR2d) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

towolf
21-Jan-2015, 05:38
Had a bit of a session after dinner. Somehow my light box is not powerful enough for ISO 50 x-ray film and f11/f16. I get EV 9-ish and 1/2 second. Somehow that is too long for some people. Theyre dithering. I think they do that more standing up than sitting.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8635/16323000831_232318c9aa_n.jpg (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8635/16323000831_d49314f90e_h.jpg)https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7527/16138915357_3e7289fcf3_n.jpg (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7527/16138915357_4ef61d0347_h.jpg)https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7536/16298848786_c0b91824f0_n.jpg (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7536/16298848786_36fcf8cfeb_h.jpg)
Fujifilm HR-E 30 with Symmar-S 300

Andrew Plume
21-Jan-2015, 13:34
Thank you, Randy.

Ari, Hi

this is, I'm assuming your good lady..........? great work as always

but, y'know there's a more serious issue here.............

................

................

is 'the Cooke' a permanent keeper?

my best

andrew

SergeiR
21-Jan-2015, 20:43
And another 8x10, this was original idea. With Dallmeyer 3D

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7569/16152133877_c260f530e7_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qBiUER)Pause (https://flic.kr/p/qBiUER) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

Ari
22-Jan-2015, 12:23
We had rather tough couple of weeks here. but finally recovered to play tonight

8x10, Vitax #4

That could easily turn me into a soft-focus fan; well done, Sergei!

Ari
22-Jan-2015, 12:26
Ari, Hi

this is, I'm assuming your good lady..........? great work as always

but, y'know there's a more serious issue here.............

................

................

is 'the Cooke' a permanent keeper?

my best

andrew

Thank you, Andrew, and nice to hear from you.
Yes, happily, the Cooke is here to stay. :)

SergeiR
22-Jan-2015, 12:53
That could easily turn me into a soft-focus fan; well done, Sergei!

thank you. I don't really think that 3D is truly soft focus. It actually is razor sharp and not much aberrations are going too.. It softens, much like Vitax by actually defocusing - you move rear element which effectively changes focal length of lens.
Part of softness attributes to X-ray film i use. Its fine for me and fits well into how i do like to shoot. Other folks hate it and start stripping it and moving things around. I have couple of super duper true SF ones - Imagon and Imagon-like designs, or much softer petzvals (which i might actually sell, now that i got coupe of lenses i truly wanted and these guys are sitting on shelf).

This particular Dallmeyer is mounted now onto front of Wollensak's pneumatic shutter.. Theoretically i can control aperture by it, as well as getting speeds other than 1/30 , 1/8 and T, but i never got around to fully CLA it.
But for flash it doesn't matter. I just open shutter, pop flash, close shutter. Its two wee Elinchrom quadra heads, one with gridded umbrella to light subject and another one is just bare gridded to throw spot on the wall.

And i got to remount and shoot my process Cooke's lense now - i never thought about using it for portraits for some reason :)

Andrew Plume
22-Jan-2015, 14:40
Thank you, Andrew, and nice to hear from you.
Yes, happily, the Cooke is here to stay. :)

Ari

that's great

best

andrew

Ari
22-Jan-2015, 14:53
thank you. I don't really think that 3D is truly soft focus. It actually is razor sharp and not much aberrations are going too.. It softens, much like Vitax by actually defocusing - you move rear element which effectively changes focal length of lens.
Part of softness attributes to X-ray film i use. Its fine for me and fits well into how i do like to shoot. Other folks hate it and start stripping it and moving things around. I have couple of super duper true SF ones - Imagon and Imagon-like designs, or much softer petzvals (which i might actually sell, now that i got coupe of lenses i truly wanted and these guys are sitting on shelf).

This particular Dallmeyer is mounted now onto front of Wollensak's pneumatic shutter.. Theoretically i can control aperture by it, as well as getting speeds other than 1/30 , 1/8 and T, but i never got around to fully CLA it.
But for flash it doesn't matter. I just open shutter, pop flash, close shutter. Its two wee Elinchrom quadra heads, one with gridded umbrella to light subject and another one is just bare gridded to throw spot on the wall.

And i got to remount and shoot my process Cooke's lense now - i never thought about using it for portraits for some reason :)

No, I meant the Vitax; the 3D is exactly as you say: razor sharp.
The Vitax looks great combined with X-ray film.

Christo.Stankulov
23-Jan-2015, 03:23
Heliar 210/4.5
http://www.cjoint.com/15jv/EAxlGRuRJco_5_.jpg

David Lobato
23-Jan-2015, 18:37
Their father was utterly fascinated with the Deardorff and enjoyed seeing the kids on the ground glass. So what the heck, I put in a film holder and snapped it for him. I will send a print.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55432652/Brazos%20Bend%20Fishing%20Kids%20004%20550LFF.jpg

8x10 Arista 400, 240mm Schneider Symmar-S

M.Lange
24-Jan-2015, 07:40
We had rather tough couple of weeks here. but finally recovered to play tonight

8x10, Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8571/16305674746_6ef02367c3_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qQSR2d)Portrait with derby hat (https://flic.kr/p/qQSR2d) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr
Good stuff

RSalles
26-Jan-2015, 12:15
Ari,

Beautiful, strong shot, mesmerizing version of "The Eyes of Laura Mars",

Cheers,

Renato

Ari
26-Jan-2015, 12:26
Thank you, Renato.

alavergh
26-Jan-2015, 19:53
128541

evanbaines
27-Jan-2015, 19:00
128583

I am working on a series of military portraits that, while maintaining an appropriate sense of decorum, focus on conveying more of the subject's personality. This was the first in the series on large format, and my first time shooting a large format portrait in quite a while. A more detailed explanation and previous shots in the series linked below. This shot was on a Wista 45vx, Nikkor 210 @f/16, FP4+ @80. Its not the best "scan," but a preliminary until I send the neg off to my print-maker.

http://evanbaines.com/index.php?/color/military/

djdister
27-Jan-2015, 19:09
128583

I am working on a series of military portraits that, while maintaining an appropriate sense of decorum, focus on conveying more of the subject's personality. This was the first in the series on large format, and my first time shooting a large format portrait in quite a while. A more detailed explanation and previous shots in the series linked below. This shot was on a Wista 45vx, Nikkor 210 @f/16, FP4+ @80. Its not the best "scan," but a preliminary until I send the neg off to my print-maker.

http://evanbaines.com/index.php?/color/military/

Evan,

It's a good LF portrait, however its not much removed from an official portrait. How about an environmental portrait, taken in the person's office or work setting?

Peter De Smidt
27-Jan-2015, 19:26
Nice job, Evan. I was recently reading one of Abel's books on portraiture. It was probably from the 40s. He stressed the need for camera movements for portraits, and his example was using swing to keep all of the insignia equally sharp in a portrait of a military person. I'm not suggesting that you need to do that.

Tri Tran
27-Jan-2015, 22:35
A few days ago I was thinking about quitting photography although it is my lifetime passion. Please don't ask me why. Today, Sabrina inspired me again when she was trying on her Winter Formal Dress. Here is the result, and let's see how it goes.

TItle: Sabrina
Format: 8x10 in
Media: Archival Fine Art Pigment Print
Lens: 18 in Cooke portrait lens

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/xoF6ve.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/ipxoF6vej)

Miguel Coquis
28-Jan-2015, 06:41
A few days ago I was thinking about quitting photography although it is my lifetime passion. Please don't ask me why. Today, Sabrina inspired me again when she was trying on her Winter Formal Dress. Here is the result, and let's see how it goes.

TItle: Sabrina
Format: 8x10 in
Media: Archival Fine Art Pigment Print
Lens: 18 in Cooke portrait lens

http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/xoF6ve.jpg (https://imageshack.com/i/ipxoF6vej)

Great portrait TT !
BTW, one can always "think" about quitting...
photography would not quit YOU !!!
When looking back to your past work, there is an evidence of a great difference, something is getting much fine, simply, direct and harmonious !!!
Thanks,
MAC

Ramiro Elena
28-Jan-2015, 14:54
A portrait of a writer friend who's publishing his latest book this week.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8589/16203210298_fecf3fb850_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qFPFUN)
Guillamon (https://flic.kr/p/qFPFUN) by rabato (https://www.flickr.com/people/71073452@N00/), on Flickr

Kodak Electron stand developed in Moersch Tanol
Isco-Gottingen Kiptar 185mm f3.1

Ari
28-Jan-2015, 15:01
Ramiro, splendid!
That is a very fine lens, and an even better operator behind the lens; bravo!

SergeiR
28-Jan-2015, 15:22
Elena, great shot. bravo.

SergeiR
28-Jan-2015, 15:51
8x10 film, Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8564/16205412547_9a9fcfc092_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qG1YyB)Dolly in red dress (https://flic.kr/p/qG1YyB) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

Miguel Coquis
28-Jan-2015, 16:06
8x10 film, Vitax #4

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8564/16205412547_9a9fcfc092_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qG1YyB)Dolly in red dress (https://flic.kr/p/qG1YyB) by Sergei Rodionov (https://www.flickr.com/people/24930737@N05/), on Flickr

I like this !!!
Curiously, a couple weeks ago I posted a "mask" portrait and it was removed somewhere else by "moderation flow".
Comment was;
...Sorry, someone complained and I guess they're right. A portrait is a portrait, not a portrait of a mask :)
To be or not to be... or at least let the others be !
Thanks for the beautiful Dolly, Sergei !!!
Miguel

SergeiR
28-Jan-2015, 16:20
thank you, Miguel . Dolly is actual live person, however :) Its her modeling sudo-name. I know her real one too, but I always respect people's wishes to privacy.

Old-N-Feeble
28-Jan-2015, 16:33
thank you, Miguel . Dolly is actual live person, however :) Its her modeling sudo-name. I know her real one too, but I always respect people's wishes to privacy.

Yeah, but did you monik 'er?

fishbulb
28-Jan-2015, 17:02
Ramiro and Sergei, excellent work! Obviously totally different styles but I love them both!

David Lobato
28-Jan-2015, 18:07
A portrait of a writer friend who's publishing his latest book this week.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8589/16203210298_fecf3fb850_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qFPFUN)
Guillamon (https://flic.kr/p/qFPFUN) by rabato (https://www.flickr.com/people/71073452@N00/), on Flickr

Kodak Electron stand developed in Moersch Tanol
Isco-Gottingen Kiptar 185mm f3.1

Excellent Ramiro

Ramiro Elena
29-Jan-2015, 01:45
Thanks, not entirely happy with the result but it will have to do. Book comes out this week :S

Ramiro Elena
29-Jan-2015, 07:25
Here's the same set up with Foma 100 so you can see the difference in the skin.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8612/16390833985_af05c30a5c_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qYpiTX)
Guillamon 02 (https://flic.kr/p/qYpiTX) by rabato (https://www.flickr.com/people/71073452@N00/), on Flickr

Jiri Vasina
29-Jan-2015, 08:01
Ramiro, the second one works better for me. But I think it's because of different composition, not thanks to the film... on the other hand and as you emphasize, in the foma film the skin is "smoother"...

Jiri

M.Lange
29-Jan-2015, 10:40
Excellent Ramiro
gorgeous

SergeiR
29-Jan-2015, 11:25
Ramiro, the second one works better for me. But I think it's because of different composition, not thanks to the film... on the other hand and as you emphasize, in the foma film the skin is "smoother"...

Jiri


Same here. I like composition on this one better.

Ari
29-Jan-2015, 11:34
Make that +3...or +4.
Nicer look to the skin, that Electron film really brought out the reds in his face.

mdarnton
29-Jan-2015, 12:07
I like the first better---for me, it's more intense, less normal. Which did the author choose?

Ari
29-Jan-2015, 13:01
I shot a few more plates today, this was the best of a mediocre bunch; I'm still very happy to share it here, as I'm learning what I can about wet plate.

F4.5, 9s, OWH

http://i1367.photobucket.com/albums/r790/Ari4000/WP4_zpsf49b60b2.jpg (http://s1367.photobucket.com/user/Ari4000/media/WP4_zpsf49b60b2.jpg.html)

Peter De Smidt
29-Jan-2015, 13:44
There's something very direct about it. It shows a lot of promise.

Ari
29-Jan-2015, 14:10
Is it the fake, pencil-drawn moustache? :)
Thank you, Peter.

Shootar401
29-Jan-2015, 14:22
128583

I am working on a series of military portraits that, while maintaining an appropriate sense of decorum, focus on conveying more of the subject's personality. This was the first in the series on large format, and my first time shooting a large format portrait in quite a while. A more detailed explanation and previous shots in the series linked below. This shot was on a Wista 45vx, Nikkor 210 @f/16, FP4+ @80. Its not the best "scan," but a preliminary until I send the neg off to my print-maker.

http://evanbaines.com/index.php?/color/military/

All the Army personal are medics (62) except for one 18 and one 11 series.

Did you seek this out intentionally or did it just happen that way? Great photos by the way!

Peter De Smidt
29-Jan-2015, 15:38
Is it the fake, pencil-drawn moustache? :)


That must be it! ;)

evanbaines
29-Jan-2015, 15:57
All the Army personal are medics (62) except for one 18 and one 11 series.

Did you seek this out intentionally or did it just happen that way? Great photos by the way!

Thank you!

The Doctors are my teachers, the butter bars are my classmates, the 18-series is my old team leader, and the 11A was a classmate's brother.

brittphoto
29-Jan-2015, 17:13
Just starting to use a newly bought Sinar P2 8x10 after 40 years of occasionally using Kodak D2. 128664 I grabbed our gardener for a portrait. Then my daughter128665

evanbaines
29-Jan-2015, 17:19
The portrait of your daughter is a really great expression!

ghostcount
29-Jan-2015, 17:55
Just starting to use a newly bought Sinar P2 8x10 after 40 years of occasionally using Kodak D2. 128664 I grabbed our gardener for a portrait. Then my daughter128665

Welcome to the forum Mr. Britt - wonderful website and impressive work. Looking forward to seeing more portraits with the Sinar.

brittphoto
29-Jan-2015, 19:16
brilliant!

brittphoto
29-Jan-2015, 19:28
I'm punching the portraits up with the polycontrast 3 setting in Onone software. I shoot HP5 8x10, develop for 4 min. in Dektol deluted 1-3 ('cause I'm lazy and learned this technique in Las Vegas in the darkroom of the Flamingo Hotel in 1967), then I fix, and my only wash is in the faucet for a while, the dry and scan on a Epson 4990. i'm really having fun looking for the glint that every one has. Tired of the digital thing and of course in my career it was all film. Great forum.

Ramiro Elena
30-Jan-2015, 01:32
I like the first better---for me, it's more intense, less normal. Which did the author choose?

I think he'll go for the Foma one. It makes more sense.

Ari, those eyes! wow.

M.Lange
30-Jan-2015, 03:22
I shot a few more plates today, this was the best of a mediocre bunch; I'm still very happy to share it here, as I'm learning what I can about wet plate.

F4.5, 9s, OWH

http://i1367.photobucket.com/albums/r790/Ari4000/WP4_zpsf49b60b2.jpg (http://s1367.photobucket.com/user/Ari4000/media/WP4_zpsf49b60b2.jpg.html)
magnificent

Ari
30-Jan-2015, 08:19
Well, thank you; that's not deserved, but thank you all the same, Mr Lange.

Ari
30-Jan-2015, 08:20
I think he'll go for the Foma one. It makes more sense.

Ari, those eyes! wow.

Thank you, Ramiro; it's the "collodion effect".

chrism
30-Jan-2015, 13:46
Welcome to the forum Mr. Britt - wonderful website and impressive work. Looking forward to seeing more portraits with the Sinar.

Very nice indeed, and what a set of work you have on your site!

Chris

rich caramadre
30-Jan-2015, 15:59
here is mine.

Ari
30-Jan-2015, 16:13
here is mine.

You forgot to add the image, Mr C.

photojeff3200
30-Jan-2015, 19:44
Clearing out older negatives: Speed Graphic & Aero Ektar, Kodak Commercial Internegative film 4325 (expired 1996, developed with Digibase C-41 kit).

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7511/15675139713_aeb65a63e4.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/pTabVx)

I really love this composition. Very captivating with a slight, uneasy balance and questionable expression by the model. Really great image!

jeff

Robert Brazile
31-Jan-2015, 07:54
My friend Malcolm, a rustic furniture maker, at his barn workshop on the family farm in Cohasset, Mass. Only had time for a quick grab with the Crown Graphic and the light was very direct and strong at that time of day, so the interior of the barn disappears. But it captures him reasonably well.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7414/16219345908_058baec6b2_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/qHfosY)
CG-035 (https://flic.kr/p/qHfosY) by rbrazile (https://www.flickr.com/people/87045848@N00/), on Flickr

Crown Graphic, Kodak Ektar 127/4.7, Fuji Neopan Acros 100

Robert Brazile
Arlington, Mass.

chrism
31-Jan-2015, 12:45
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8651/16225952499_8e61e1051f_c.jpg

Even my beloved wife (and it has been 39 years since we met) might say a soft-focus lens has a proper place in the universe. I will try harder (and softer, all at once!)

Chris

Ari
31-Jan-2015, 14:22
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8651/16225952499_8e61e1051f_c.jpg

Even my beloved wife (and it has been 39 years since we met) might say a soft-focus lens has a proper place in the universe. I will try harder (and softer, all at once!)

Chris

Fantastic portrait, I wouldn't change a thing.
Well, ok, maybe the distracting white thing in front of her, but this is such a wonderful portrait.

richardman
31-Jan-2015, 17:00
"Into the Unknown" inspired by "Over the Garden Wall"

For the https://www.facebook.com/Transformations.CosplayPortraits

http://richardmanphoto.com/PICS/20150121-Scanned-747.jpg

chrism
31-Jan-2015, 19:21
Fantastic portrait, I wouldn't change a thing.
Well, ok, maybe the distracting white thing in front of her, but this is such a wonderful portrait.

Thanks, Ari. She insisted on holding a book when I said I didn't want it to look like a police ID photo!

Chris

stradibarrius
1-Feb-2015, 06:39
This such a great photo and one that will be treasured by you and your family in the future!
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8651/16225952499_8e61e1051f_c.jpg

Even my beloved wife (and it has been 39 years since we met) might say a soft-focus lens has a proper place in the universe. I will try harder (and softer, all at once!)

Chris

Michael Cienfuegos
1-Feb-2015, 08:28
Fantastic portrait, I wouldn't change a thing.
Well, ok, maybe the distracting white thing in front of her, but this is such a wonderful portrait.

+1 Don't change a thing, I love it.


m

Andrew O'Neill
1-Feb-2015, 09:12
Very nice portrait, Chris.

Peter Lewin
1-Feb-2015, 11:49
Chrism: OK, after all of the praise from various posters (who may or may not have experience taking pictures of their wives!), how did the only critic who counts (your wife) like it? (I ask with a certain amount of self-interest, since my wife usually tells me that any portraits I make of someone else are very nice, but my pictures of her? ... not so much.)

Ramiro Elena
1-Feb-2015, 12:02
...since my wife usually tells me that any portraits I make of someone else are very nice, but my pictures of her? ... not so much.)

Welcome to the club (sic)
I have stopped photographing her just so save our marriage.

Ari
1-Feb-2015, 13:12
...since my wife usually tells me that any portraits I make of someone else are very nice, but my pictures of her? ... not so much.)


Welcome to the club (sic)
I have stopped photographing her just so save our marriage.

Funny, my wife tells me the exact opposite; grass is always greener, I suppose.

chrism
1-Feb-2015, 17:31
Chrism: OK, after all of the praise from various posters (who may or may not have experience taking pictures of their wives!), how did the only critic who counts (your wife) like it? (I ask with a certain amount of self-interest, since my wife usually tells me that any portraits I make of someone else are very nice, but my pictures of her? ... not so much.)

I'm currently banned from using her as a subject. Does that answer your question?

C.

M.Lange
1-Feb-2015, 22:54
http://www.pagephoto.fr/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/photograph/508/cf7b27e4ae8bf7f1b862ae0d8e2231a01422819314.jpg
Sinar Norma

SergeiR
2-Feb-2015, 07:22
I'm currently banned from using her as a subject. Does that answer your question?

C.

Using fill-light might be better answer than just using SF lens, btw. Just an observation.

SergeiR
2-Feb-2015, 07:23
..
Sinar Norma

interesting one.

jp
2-Feb-2015, 16:04
Using fill-light might be better answer than just using SF lens, btw. Just an observation.

That's a good suggestion. Then the lighting will be lighting shape more than detail.

chrism
2-Feb-2015, 16:24
Using fill-light might be better answer than just using SF lens, btw. Just an observation.

Thanks for the thought. Sooner or later I'm going to have to address lighting, rather than looking for a sunny window and hoping....

Chris

SergeiR
2-Feb-2015, 20:28
Thanks for the thought. Sooner or later I'm going to have to address lighting, rather than looking for a sunny window and hoping....

Chris

Its same deal as with lighting orange. Dips and wrinkles are accentuated if you do not fill shadows. First rule of thumb when shooting for texture - use side lighting, and then if you want to destroy texture - front lighting. All goes from there ;) Generally speaking - females never look to have their skin texture to be accentuated ;)

Jiri Vasina
3-Feb-2015, 00:50
This one was shot at the begining of January, so I'm posting it here yet:


http://www.vasina.net/wp-content/gallery/lide/p6x8-008-c1_web.jpg

Jana
http://www.vasina.net/?p=6861

Shot with Seneca Improved 6 8” (Whole Plate) camera and Schneider-Kreuznach Symmar 300mm ƒ:5.6 on 6 8” sheet of Ilford HP5+, developed in Rodinal (R09). Cropped for presentation (and published as such with her permission), full image is not intended for all eyes... ;)

appletree
3-Feb-2015, 07:24
Its same deal as with lighting orange. Dips and wrinkles are accentuated if you do not fill shadows. First rule of thumb when shooting for texture - use side lighting, and then if you want to destroy texture - front lighting. All goes from there ;) Generally speaking - females never look to have their skin texture to be accentuated ;)

Interesting, thanks for this. I have much to learn about lighting myself. I want to get into portraits.

Pali K
3-Feb-2015, 23:00
http://www.netsoft2k.com/Docs/Media/Pictures/Scans/Deardorff/Deardorff%20Test%204x5%20-%201%20Web.jpg

Took this picture of my dad to test out the newly acquired Deardorff (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?119079-Deardroff-8x10-What-to-look-for-and-value&referrerid=44967) and the Schneider 360mm F6.8 Symmar-S combo. This was taken with the 4x5 reducing back on Portra 400 since I didn't have any 8x10 film until today. It was 17 degrees F and my dad insisted to open up the jacket for the photo - he thinks he is a real model haha.

- Pali