fou mal

this week’s portrait entry is efi, also known as fou mal. I’ve known her for a while and was more than happy when chryssa, the relentless driving power behind fashionism.gr, told me we would do a photoshoot with her. it was a cloudy morning when we went over to the act & react office, which would provide the outfits for this fashion/portrait session.

since sophie’s pentax 67 photoshoot, I’ve decided I’ll be doing all my photoshoots with film, but on this particular occasion my kodak portra 400 stock was depleted… so I had to use the sony a99 with the minolta 85mm/f1.4, which is a great combo but not as good as a cranky old medium format film camera. I obviously wasn’t going to let this photo opportunity pass without shooting any film, so I settled for black & white film: a roll of fomapan 200 loaded in my recently-acquired rolleiflex t camera.

the rolleiflex t is the twin-lens-reflex camera to end all discussion of twin-lens-reflex cameras for me. small, light, bright viewfinder, easy to focus, great tessar 75mm/f3.5 lens, what’s not to like? sure, there are more advanced rolleiflex models, but I got a nice swap deal for this model and I’m quite satisfied.

I shot a single roll of film and I managed to burn the first exposure right out of the box, so I had a total of eleven 6×6 frames, out of which I deem that the following seven are good enough to publish. shame I didn’t have any color film at that moment, this shoot could have been all-out-analog.

 

[rolleiflex t | fomapan 200 creative (developed in diafine) | october 2013]

 

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

efi | rolleiflex t | fomapan 200

 

…and here are a handful of the digital shots. the sony a99 & minolta 85mm/f1.4 is an excellent combination for portraits (especially for low-light stuff), but I much prefer using film – medium format really is a whole different animal compared to 35mm (film or digital). you can see the whole photoshoot over at fashionism.gr.

 

efi | sony a99 | minolta 85mm/f1.4

efi | sony a99 | minolta 85mm/f1.4

efi | sony a99 | minolta 85mm/f1.4

efi | sony a99 | minolta 85mm/f1.4

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