The night was dark and full of sexy Dick pics, Dick Grayson to be exact. I had the opportunity to shoot with the elusive @takacosplay as he portrayed Nightwing. We hit up downtown in the early evening and ventured into an alley that gave a creepy vibe but didn’t scare us away. I brought out the Nikon D750 and borrowed an 85mm f1.8 G from my friend. Nightwing forgot his weapons at home so we had to improvise a few stances. After reviewing the photos and talking with another photographer, I got a few tips on how to make an action hero more imposing. Highly unlikely that I’ll remember to use them when the time is needed, but I’ll try.
In the end, Nightwing took it upon himself to rescue a young damsel from boredom.
A few weeks ago, I was approached about trying to do a shoot with Christmas lights. I didn’t realize how fun it was to play with these during a shoot, or think about the warmth created when having the lights directly around you. We had a powwow to get a general vibe for the shoot and got started. We shot with just the Christmas lights as a source and brought out a strobe for me to get some practice in. There was also a mixing up of the gear even more so than usual since I had random items on hand. Even though the final images could have been edited to match, I took a different approach. The specific cameras gave me a feel, the Nikon was dark and “contrasty” while the I felt light and softer with the Fuji.
Nikon D750 with a black backdrop
Fuji XT-2 on the couch with light walls
I decided to try some slide film a while back and have only recently sent the rolls in to get developed. Handling these on island is a bit too costly for me to afford locally, so I had to ship a box off to the mainland. A friend had recommended a company called AGX Imaging out in Michigan. AGX was great on the pricing and turned the images around flawlessly. This isn’t a sponsored post, but I really would like to talk about the experience working with them. Mike at AGX handled all my questions about the mailing process and everything returned very well taken care of. I probably should have had Mike scan the slides.
The second half of the process where I chose to scan the images myself, didn’t work out as well as I had hoped. The roll of film appears to look great, but I couldn’t seem to nail the scanning down properly as the colors looked off and a line appeared throughout most of the images. I tried adjusting the colors and cleaning the scanner but it couldn’t get the results I seen on the slide. This is definitely my fault and I need to look up some tips on how to handle my scanner better. It requires a lot of time and knowledge to be comfortable with all the different steps involved for getting your film to the medium you desire.
It’s the middle of January 2017 and some of these rolls went as far back as 2015. I know a lot of people can build a huge backlog of undeveloped film, but this has been the longest I’ve personally taken to get the processing finished.
The Mamiya RZ67 got a taste, but those slides had the most trouble for me to scan correctly.
The Yashica 635 had one fancy rolls that has stopped production since I picked it up in Japan. Provia 400X
Lastly, I’m pretty confident these were shot with my Contax G1 on Provia
Met up with Kitten on a beach without really thinking of what the area would have for lighting at night. It turned out to be pitch black and pretty damn creepy. Luckily we didn’t run into anything and I had my flash. In really dark spots like this, it helps to have a flash light so your camera can focus a lot easier. Using an off camera speedlite is still a bit foreign to me if the light is heading straight for the subject. It took a while to find a groove with the flash and where to set it, I’m really trying to focus on speeding up how long this adjustment period takes. Due to the sketchy feels and pitch black scenes, I liked the hard shadows coming across everything.
I’ve seriously had my eye on one of the printers for a while, I was very tempted to grab the SP-1 at the huge price drop right before this printer was announced. I managed to use my friend’s SP-2 during my recent trip to the Bay Area and was convinced that I’d pick one up as soon as it got a bit cheaper. The day arrived much sooner than expected when I found it for $50 off. This printer uses the same battery as the Instax Mini 90S, which has been generally long lasting . The printing quality has increased, images are sharper and the colors look better than the SP-1. I can’t see a huge need to upgrade unless you really like burning through these prints, but it’s worth the few extra bucks if you’re thinking about grabbing one of the printers.
The setup was pretty basic. I didn’t bother reading the instruction manual before I started and managed to do the basic prints without any trouble. The images may be cropped so be sure go through the editing in the Instax app. There are some extra bells and whistles for making a collage or other things, but I prefer to just stick with a single image, the mini film feels too small to handle a mix of images. Well, my opinion may be biased due to bad eyesight.