Taken circa 1993 for my high school photo class at Kettering Fairmont, this week’s digital archive is another scan from an old strip of Ilford HP5 Plus black & white film.
Nav and I worked on the theatre stage at the school, using the tungsten theater lights as a constant light source instead of flash work. I was using my dad’s Nikon F Photomic FTN Classic 35mm Manual Focus Camera, which I had started to use to learn photography just earlier that summer during a trip to Los Angeles. During the shoot, I made the decision to use a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens – mostly because I preferred, at the time, to be able to crop by zooming in-and-out instead of physically moving. There wasn’t enough light to accommodate the zoom lens, unfortunately, and of course I had to use a lower shutter speed. That resulted in the in the soft blurriness of the image. I wasn’t a fan of tripods then, either, and I couldn’t quite hold the camera steady enough during the shutter click to keep the image crisp. I remember my instructor, Mr. Mayer, commenting on my “interesting” choices after we looked at the processed image (done by hand in a darkroom at the school). Needless to say, a lesson learned that I carry with me today.
I don’t think the softness detracts from the picture, necessarily – but it would feel better if were an intentional choice. 🙂
Today, portraiture work isn’t currently part of my normal workflow. Maybe that will change in the future.
Hope you’re having a great weekend –