For medium format color negative film I am an absolute Kodak fan. Here is a few shots from the recent Forest Dance project that was captured on the Pentax 645N and using Kodaks Portra 160 film. Processed and scanned by The Find Lab.
So a few years back I saw a photo of a ballet dancer, the focus was just on the legs and feet while en pointe, and I always wanted to do something along those lines – but in a woodland setting. Earlier this year after my move to 100% film I got just that chance.
I reached out to Denver model and classic trained dancer Shelby Carr and discussed the shoot idea. While she had no shortage of dance photos in her portfolio the combination of film and the forest sounded like something just a little different so we setup the shoot.
Most of this shoot was captured on the Pentax 645n – a truly wonderful portrait film camera, which I’ve since sold. Despite being such a beautiful portrait camera, and was truly my goto camera for weddings and portraits, I find the subject matter of my shoots to be pretty varied these days and I’ve moved to something that while still wonderful for portraits – also is excellent for macros and landscapes as well.
Here’s a few of my favorites – I’ll follow up this post with some detailed posts on the films and gear used.
I love to watch this from time to time to remember what we’ve lost in the digital age. Computer plugins and actions may get better over the years, but I’ve yet to see anything come out of any dSLR I’ve owned (and I’ve owned a lot) that rivaled the beauty of Kodak Kodachrome.
To a large extent I’m fairly fortunate – not many film photographers today can honestly say they’ve shot Kodachrome as I can. It wasn’t always my goto slide film, but more than a few rolls made it through my early AE-1’s.