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    Re: August 2016 Portraits

    Thanks, Peter and Jesse!
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    Re: August 2016 Portraits

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8711/28641937264_1180f1c325_b.jpg
    lily and madeleine by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Goerz Dagor 14"/7.7
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  3. Thread: Arnold Genthe

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    Re: Arnold Genthe

    Here's a link to the article-
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Without-40-000-priceless-1906-S-F-quake-photos-6205223.php
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    Thanks, all! And I don't really sell prints as my traditional darkroom printing skills aren't up to scratch. (My digital printing skills are top notch though.) Someday maybe.
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    Definitely inspirational. Whenever I see work I really admire, after enjoying it, my second impulse is to start reverse-engineering the lighting setups and camera angles. :)
  6. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    Hah! A sharp eye; doubly so because there's only a small bit of it in peeking out in that photo. It's a 2252B. Not quite as old as my camera, but still pretty old.
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8698/16279273563_0139948a8b_b.jpg
    morgan by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/5x7 back
    Wollensak Vesta 14"/5
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
  8. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    I think commercial studio strobes have only been around since the 1950s, so there's also the 100 years or so of portrait photography that precedes electronic flash to give you plenty of ideas of the...
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    Re: Nude

    FWIW, I didn't think the original observation/question was rude or inappropriate. I also stopped paying much attention to what other people think of my work years ago. I'm just doing my thing...
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    Re: Nude

    If you look a bit more carefully at the image you'll notice that the fern fronds in front of the model as well as the texture of the plaster wall behind her are in focus--aside from some softness...
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    Re: Nude

    http://40.media.tumblr.com/13c29a32d86502eb9f30e7576f63c30b/tumblr_nlkmq3DBC91qz8bxwo1_640.jpg
    sharnayla by Ben Rains, on Tumblr

    Century Studio 10A w/5x7 back (image cropped)
    Wollensak...
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8741/16880876931_50458474dd_c.jpg
    morgan by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/5x7 back & cropped
    Wollensak Velostigmat 12"/4.5 (w/ modified soft-focus...
  13. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    This one is intended to be a recreation of a Alfred Cheney Johnston image. It's reasonably faithful, except I don't have anywhere near as nice or large of tapestries and rugs to work with, and her...
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    http://40.media.tumblr.com/f56e9f6bd8a2c3b5f2c09c2b2da02ca9/tumblr_nl9l6pwwSo1qz8bxwo1_640.jpg
    sharnayla by Ben Rains, on Tumblr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Vesta 14/5
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    These are both fantastic! She's got a bit of a Minnie Driver look about her as well.
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    http://36.media.tumblr.com/521fc1e849ce1bb9ca4c1b8083e2a007/tumblr_nlbeipJ1LE1qz8bxwo1_540.jpg
    morgan by Ben Rains, on Tumblr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Velostigmat 12"/4.5 (w/...
  17. Thread: Nude

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    According to wikipedia, Lillian never had any children (and there's nothing mentioned one way or the other for her sister Dorothy.) My guess would be no, unless they're distant cousins. But then,...
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    Re: Nude

    https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/101463863/m=900/f6f683ef2b66b2a526b95222e1bb60b4
    sharnayla by Ben Rains, on 500px

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Vesta 14"/5
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    Sophia, a fierce and radical friend who will smash your state.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7653/16782155631_57d44e80b6_c.jpg
    sophia by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back...
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    Re: Nude

    With this one, I think the lower contrast works because the light was very low and even and there's still enough side-light hitting her face that you get some separation of tones. Another factor is...
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    https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/101332681/m=900/85312b6efcbc9a90febfd721d64a4d9e
    morgan by Ben Rains, on 500px

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Velostigmat 12"/4.5 (w/ modified soft-focus...
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    Re: March 2015 portraits

    Sharnayla with homage to E.R. Richee.

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8742/16149349483_3e8fd6413b_c.jpg
    sharnayla by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
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    Re: February 2015 Portraits

    I love this!
  24. Thread: Nude

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    Re: Nude

    Thanks! No LF photos from the quarry shoot though. It was too cold to deal with live models and the slow pace of using a big camera. We've plans to go back once the weather warms up.



    It was...
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    Re: Nude

    Thank you.



    Thanks!



    Yes, I wish her leg weren't cut there either, but I ran out of space and was pressed up against the opposite wall of my studio. I always wish I had another 1-2...
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    Re: Nude

    Thanks!



    No, I haven't. Although I nearly did when Yahoo! first took Flickr over and basically ruined the site with their "improvements". It's gotten a little better since then. The main...
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    Re: Nude

    https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/98574373/m=900/9573529f9f0c61cde738da8de3b995b8
    morgan by Ben Rains, on 500px

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Vesta 14"/5
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: Nude

    This is meant to be a portrait, and I find my subject's hands to be second only to the expressions on their faces. Quite often I place emphasis on the hands of the people in my portraits.



    The...
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    https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/98387929/m=900/d051c70712e4b64c1b1346ef1c095a1a
    morgan by Ben Rains, on 500px

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Vesta 14"/5
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: February 2015 Portraits

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/16295038430_73455dd2a5_c.jpg
    sharnayla by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Raptar 11⅞"/4.5
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: February 2015 Portraits

    They're just tattoos. :)
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    Re: February 2015 Portraits

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7419/16271949870_7b0a5f183f_b.jpg
    morgan by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back
    Wollensak Raptar 11⅞"/4.5
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    Thanks Randy! It's not terrible, still interesting enough to share.




    Yeah. It disappointing when I pulled it out of the fix. The shoot was brief and last minute with just 8 sheets of film,...
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    Re: Images of mistakes - good or bad..

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7556/16300936206_46e968b5a1_c.jpg
    kara by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Deardorff 8x10
    Rodenstock Sironar-N 300/5.6
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: January 2015 Portraits

    This one is really spectacular. Well done!
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    Re: January 2015 Portraits

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8642/16131184349_a5fd88d016_c.jpg
    kara by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Deardorff 8x10
    Rodenstock Sironar-N 300/5.6
    Ilford HP5 Plus / Adonal 1+50
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    Re: December 2014 Portraits

    Thanks! It's all natural light with the curtain covered picture window in the background as the sole source of light (with some reflection off the interior walls acting as a fill.) This was a "hail...
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    Re: December 2014 Portraits

    Shot a while ago, but I only just finished it this month.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7519/15999085681_e5d902eb08_c.jpg
    rachel by Ben Rains, on Flickr

    Century Studio 10A w/8x10 back...
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    Re: November 2014 Portraits

    Thanks Will! (Given all the construction in recent years you'd probably have a hard time recognizing the city.)
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    Re: November 2014 Portraits

    Selina's mystery. This is from the summer, but I only got around to printing and scanning some of the images this past week.

    https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8644/15883361205_a829a43461_c.jpg...
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