Here’s a quick collage of my recent portrait work from late summer to autumn of 2018. This year I’ve been extremely interested in portrait photography and it’s about time to share some of my favourite picks. I’ve typically made a write-up about each individual shoot, but this time I’m conserving my energy and just compiling a ‘best of’ selection for your viewing pleasure. All of these shoots are based on different kind of concepts — some are cinema and/or vintage inspired, some are just straight forward portraits. All shot on black and white film of course.
Various films and few different cameras are used for these photos. I’m still of course using my Leica M6 a lot, with the Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f2 lens. I also used Olympus OM-4 quite a bit during the summer and fall with the awesome Zuiko 50mm f1.4 lens. It’s worth to mention that none of the Olympus shots have not been taken with f1.4 aperture. You’d perhaps assume that it would be the default setting for portraits, but the truth is that the lens looks crap at f1.4 and I’d never intentionally use it, as it pretty much just renders the image quality to a pile of smudge. I don’t think I’ve gone any larger than f2.8 or f2 in any of these shots. My Zeiss isn’t as fast, but thank god it has been engineered properly and it’s not smudgy even wide open. None the less, I rarely shoot it wide open though, even though one would be tempted.
I’ve used mainly few different films for portraits lately: Ilford HP5+, Kodak Tri-x and Kodak T-max. On few occasions I’ve found myself using some other slow Ilford emulsions as well, like Ilford Pan F+ 50 and Delta 100, which are excellent for portraits.
Most of the images I’ve developed and scanned at home, using Kodak D-76 developer, diluted to 1:1. I still use my Epson V330 scanner, which is the cheapest (I paid 50€ for it) and most underrated of all Epson scanners. There’s also couple of medium format images in the mix. They’ve been developed and scanned by Kamerastore.com.