Not Quite Right
|irgth.net: Loree's Birthday Party, 2005|
My main photographic goal for this event was to test out various types of film. I shot 3 rolls of color, and 2.5 rolls of Black & White.
From two rolls (Kodak Portra 400NC and Ilford Delta 400), I didn't get a single useable image. The roll of Ilford Delta 400 turned out horrible. The tonality is all wonky, and couldn't be easily fixed with curves. Skin tones were nauseating. It would take me probably 10 hours each of hand toning to get anything useable out of the 35 out of 36 that were properly exposed. The underexposed image is completely hopeless. This is rather dissapointing, as even with my subpar lighting, a few of them would have been keepers if a different film had been used.
Fuji Sensia 100 (RA) was a little bit better with 3 keepers. Fuji Provia 100F (RDP III) was the best of the color films. Kodak TMAX 3200 gave surprisingly good results, if a bit grainy. Kodak TMAX 100, of which I used half a roll (the other half was shot in Downtown Tacoma) gave acceptable results for people, but it seems to be much better for landscape/architecture.
If I had a client who demanded film, Provia and TMAX 3200 would currently be some of my top choices. That may change as I continue to test various emulsions.
My secondary goal was to see if I could cover an event with just film, in case my digital gear ever fails during a job. I also decided to try going for more depth of field, which was a huge mistake, My reasoning was that the autofocus on my film SLR isn't very good, and I wanted to make sure everything was in acceptable focus. Since I was stopped down so much, the balance I usually achieve between flash and ambient light was way off. Instead of a 50/50 mix, these photos are closer to 90/10 flash to ambient light. It didn't help that the slave flash wasn't firing properly most of the time. So instead of the soft glamourous look I was going for, most of the photos are more of the snapshot variety. The roll of TMAX 3200 I shot turned out better, as I opened up to a wider aperture and didn't use flash.
I used my 50mm f1.4 lens, which is the same focal length I usually use for parties when shooting with the 10D. The 10D has a 1.6 crop factor. The narrower field of view allows for much tighter composition. I had my 85 f1.8 with me, and I should have used that instead of the 50.
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