Weston McGhee

First Roll: Kodak Double X

Sometime early 2019 a friend and local photographer gifted me a roll of Kodak Double X. This film is a cinema film, yes the kind they use for Hollywood movies. Famous movies that have used this stock were Schindlers List and the opening scene to 007 Casino Royale. So my approach was to give a minor attempt in creating some cinematic stills, was I successful? Maybe. However I was extremely excited with the outcome of this first roll and I knew also I would attempt to photograph different people and different light times to see what this film looks like in all avenues. Sometimes I found it tough because this film is a 250 ISO film and I overexposed a bit with rating it at 200. The last few shots with Ellen I took were much slower shutter speeds and it was key not to mess up and get motion blur.

Conclusion: Would I buy this film again? Without a doubt, this film was fun to shoot and I think I would always try to get cinematic looks with it just because that would be a fun challenge to do. My only complaint though, its only in 35mm and not in medium format (120)

First Roll: 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.”