So even if the theme focuses on b&w work – it’s hard for me not to break out a little color film .  These where captured on the Mamiya RZ67 ProII camera – a wonderful beast of a camera.   Film used was Kodak’s Portra 800 film.  I find the secret to great Portra 800 images is to not treat it like a high speed, low light film, but rather rate it at 320 and meter for the shadows and enjoy the results.

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When kicking around ideas for a shoot with Caitlin I was inspired by her tattoo work – subtle yet with a strong goddess/cup/chalice feel to it.   I wanted to focus on this a bit and then do some experimental stuff for another project idea.

This was also the first shoot with the Mamiya RZ67proII instead of the Pentax 645n as my medium format body – but with the theme only about 25% of the images where shot medium format – by far most where shot in 35mm with a combination of the Nikon F100 and Canon T90.  The decision for the shift to more 35mm was led mostly by the films I wanted to use and the fact I was shooting a handmade pinhole lens on the T90.   Specific details of some of these items will be in followup posts.

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The last few images from the Forest Dance shoot have a bit of a different feel since they are the only part of the shoot captured on 35mm film instead of medium format film.

Efke 25 is an old single layer silver B&W film that is still in production.   Not my favorite by any means – but the super slow ISO allows shooting wide open even on sunny days.

The Canon T90 is an interesting camera.  It’s a bridge between the older AE-1 style of SLR and the EOS line.   It still uses FD lenses and is fully manual focus, but has the autowind, hand grip, and exposure features of the early EOS film cameras.  Oh and it flash syncs at 1/250 – something a Canon 5Dmkanything has yet to do.

Most of these where shot on a Canon FD 50mm F1.4 – wide open.  This allowed me to start experimenting with some looks for a future project.

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During the Forest Dance project I also had my Rolleiflex along with me and I too the opportunity to finish up a roll of Ilford XP2 film.

I’ve found that Ilford’s XP2 is one of my favorite films where I want a high contrast B&W but still want the convince and latitude of C41 processing.   It’s great for my cameras without meters since I can often “Sunny 16” it and get a good image back.   Of course the fact that I can get these processed at The Find Lab under their basic scanning – something you can’t do with normal B&W film is a bonus as well.

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