Weston McGhee

Lomography F2/400

Its not uncommon for me to keep a roll or two in my bag when I go take some portraits. When I was shooting with Ellen I also brought my Rolleiflex 2.8C with a roll of some Lomography F2/400 color film. (Check here to see the digital shots) Now, F2/400 is a color film that was purchased by Lomography, they bought an exclusive jumbo roll of film from an older company. And like a fine wine, they “aged” it and then distributed it. When they announced this film I picked up a good handful, which was a good idea because they sold out within a day or two.

After wrapping up our shoot I ran home and went right to developing this roll. I was super excited how the negatives would render let alone if they would reveal anything, which is always my feelings about developing but that’s what makes it feel like Christmas morning haha. Anyways, I shot this F2/400 at box speed and was extremely impressed in when I did a preview scan. I’m happy I bought a good amount of rolls. With that in mind, I will be treating this film like a fine whiskey… only busting it our for special shoots or something.

Ellen at home

A few months ago I had met up with Ellen because I had some new film to shoot from Lomography.com but since I was only using one roll for a test use of the roll, I figured why not shoot some digital as well.

Something that was exciting for me on this shoot was when Ellen asked “would you want to come to my new house and shoot there?” Pft, of course! I really enjoy shooting inside with natural light, more than shooting outside with natural light. The contrast and colors with available light are some of my favorite things about having shoots inside. Another plus of shooting indoor portraits is that it adds a some comfort to the subjects, they are somewhere they know and is personal to them.

Anyways, here is the digital set. I think I will create a separate post that holds the roll of film I test shot with my Rolleiflex!

Morgan

Morgan and I met up at one of her friends house that had some amazing indoor lighting. The home had HUGE windows with plenty of light bouncing off the white walls. Such an amazing place and I’m incredibly jealous of the owner! Anyways, we fooled around with digital, film and I even made the attempt to use Polaroid Land Camera 450. Sadly I completely blew the pack film that has since been discontinued and costs about 30-35 dollars a box. As upsetting as it was that the polaroid film wasn’t successful I was happy to shoot and just do whatever came to mind with Morgan or I for this shoot. Obviously these are not the only shots, but I felt it would suffice doing a “mini-blog.”

Hannah Blake

On my last post with Ellen, I mentioned I sold my Yashica Mat 124G because I had been given a gift. That gift was a 1950's era Rolleiflex TLR, I could not wait to use. So I kicked off the new year right by shooting with Hannah. I shot both digital and one roll of Kodak black and white film. All the square (6x6) photographs you see are from the Rollei. I took a break from shooting inside and we walked downtown Boise. I found this spot at the JUMP building that has interesting light during the day and I was hoping to practice a bit with more high key lighting. Success! We continued walking the bitter cold streets and found this gorgeous light bouncing from a window down to the sidewalk. I could've shot here all day long with Hannah in this pocket of light.  

I was stoked to see the negatives from the Rolleiflex were perfect and the camera had NO issues,Woo hoo! With that being said, I feel I need to start shooting more rolls of film on shoots instead of being so conservative and shooting one. I always regret when I see a whole roll come out great and wonder "what if." 

I have been developing my own black and white for a few months now. I have a C-41 kit for color film that I have yet to put together for developing. Soon I will, there is just a little fear of the unknown and have only doing it once. When I get comfortable I think I will begin a film blog and separate the digital shoots from the film ones!