When Cat and I did the digital Urban Wildling photoshoot, we did three things: digital photographs for me and 35mm photographs for the both of us. So yes, I was lugging around three cameras.
I finally got back the film I used (click here to check out some of the other photographs from that particular film) and they turned out even prettier and more charismatic than the digital shots.
I am not a big fan of the standard 50mm lens on my Canon AE-1 simply because the sharpness and depth of field aren’t that great, but the quality of the film definitely balances it out. The Ilford Delta is quickly becoming my absolute favourite monochrome film because of the contrast and how fine the grain is. I’m not someone who enjoys a realistic spectrum of grey in black and white photographs unless I’m using infrared film.
Thank you Cat for always being willing to model for me! It’s amazing how her icy-blue eyes pop so much in these photographs even though they’re black and white, though I’d say the makeup really helps (not that I’m tooting my own horn here or anything).
I have a new camera now – a Minolta, which I’ve always wanted – with a higher-quality lens with an amazing macro mode. It provides a very sharp image and breathtaking depth of field when prioritising aperture, so I can’t wait to finish my first film on that one just to see what they look like in print.
I’m also mentally sketching out ideas for a possible long-term portrait project based on the gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon, so let me know if you have any suggestions or if you even think it’s a good idea at all. As always, any likes or comments are greatly appreciated.
And, if you’re in the UK, happy bank holiday!