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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-09
Categories: Portrait
Camera: Rolleiflex 6008, Rolleiflex 150mm
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-12-15 6:59
Viewed: 1201
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After months of studying film cameras and techniques I am realizing that for me Film is very useful in portraits so I am going to switch. I will continue to use Digital for everything else because there is no question how versatile digital is.

I won’t be posting so many photos now because it takes time to do the processing and get back the transparencies but when I have something I feel is good I will post it.

This is a shot I took of Mallory in LA last week. I use the 150 mm lens that is the equivalent to about an 80 mm lens on a full frame digital camera. As I have written I don’t use a light meter to set the exposure but rather use the digital camera on LIVE VIEW and transfer the settings after the ISO is set the ASA and the Apertures are set the same. Another obstacle in using the Film camera is the focus that is manual. At first II had a split image Focus Screen but that was difficult because I am continually focusing on the subject’s eyes which are never in the center of the screen. I recently got a Bob Maxwell Focus Screen that is a Matt finish and seems to be much better.

There is something “Alive” in my opinion in these film shots, a warmth that doesn’t seem to exist with the digital shots.

Using a Medium Format Film camera at full scan resolution the shot can be printed at about thee feet squared at 300dpi.

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We seem to be at work around the same time, Roger.
Beautifull sharp picture and good hazy background.
Does your story mean you are fysically going back in the darkroom?
I would have the time for that, not the patience though.

What a lovely portrait of this charming woman, Roger!

I like her red hairs against a well blurred BG, in addition to her friendly smile.
Amazing light and exposure with natural colors of the skin tones.
Can't say whether to include feet or not but overall I admire this work.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-12-15 7:42]

Hi Roger,
An excellent result from your experiment with Film camera. The 150mm lens on a Medium Format camera is excellent for portraiture and you did obtain a stunnng result!
Great warmth in the lighting producing accurate skin tones. I like the bokeh BG to render a 3D effect.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-12-15 8:23]


Quelle iamge et cpatage sueprbe uqel portrait de cette charmante dame fantastique compo et iamge quelle position superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié

Film presents greater challenges to photographers and admire you for trying to master the format. Digital makes me lazy and I tend to rely mostly on the technology instead of honing my photographic skills. This is a nice capture of this beautiful woman. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

Hello Roger,
To be quite honest, I think something should happen to save film photography but don't know what as it seems to be dying out. I spent many pleasant hours in the darkroom and, unlike Joop above, I would have the patience but not the time. I am talking about real B&W film photography with one's own darkroom and I am still fascinated by the work of the great masters like Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Ernst Haas ... to name a few, and those great masters of portraiture Bill Brandt and Karsh of Ottawa. Thank you for bringing us some film photography. It is much appreciated.

ola Roger
As you know I love "reds"...Very sharp. great possture, full of cute and happy. She looks very sexy and ready to make a " Telma and louise"
um abraço

Hi Roger,

Lovely portrait of Mallory,lovely warm light allied to her lovely red hair,as to you going back to film,I left it behind on September 2004 and never had an inkling to go back,I loved my darkroom days,but even using large formatt film I feel especially with the Nikon d800 it's way ahead when it comes to really large prints. I still love taking my Nikkormats and Nikon f4 out to remember the good old days.

Good choice the lady and the switch to digital

Hello Roger,
Very good photograph, very good sharpness, very good composition, very good background.

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