Shana is another photography student at the Arts Council of Princeton, but a few of us have discovered that she is natural in front of the lens, as well.
Back in 2013 and early 2014, Shana sat for portraits as I tried to handle a large format camera for almost the first time, and that session and the following session resulted in a few images that made me happy.
In November this year, I had the chance to work with Shana again. I brought out all the weapons — the large format camera, my Canon EOS 5D Mark III, and a camera I haven’t used in a while and don’t normally consider using for portraiture, the Mamiya C330 twin lens reflex. The C330 already had a roll of film loaded, and since it had been such a long time since I’ve used that camera, I lost track of what type of film was already inside. I assumed it was Ektar 100; turns out it was T-MAX 400. I was way off, and when it came to develop those photos, I had to make adjustments so the negatives wouldn’t be overexposed.
Following the remaining shots on T-MAX 400, I shot Ilford Delta 100. I used either Ilford HP5+ 400 or Ilford Delta 100 in the large format camera. I am currently reviewing all the negatives to determine which I’d like to print in the darkroom. It’s taken a while to get to this point due to my travel over the past few months. Update: I’ve updated this post with some images from the T-MAX 400 roll, developed later.
On my photography Facebook page, I’ve already shared a few “previews” of these sessions using digital results from the Canon.
Here are my favorites from the two most recent sessions with Shana. The black and white photos were shot on film as I described above, scanned with my Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner, and edited in Lightroom to remove dust and scratches, which seem impossible to avoid with film. I love the darkroom process, but with digital this is never a problem. Furthermore, I added a little warmth to the black and white in Color Efex Pro.
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About digital prints. Chromira prints are produced by a high-quality print shop in the Princeton area. Metal prints and canvas prints are produced in New York City.
Shot with the Mamiya C330 twin lens reflex
Shot with the large format camera
Show with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III