the 2013/2014 portrait season opened up with sophie’s photoshoot for fashionism.gr. we had little available time, since sophie’s visit in athens was what someone would call “lightning”, and I was really busy with the upcoming athens international film festival. a couple of evening hours were sufficient to complete a set of four outfits.
I wanted to do a fully analog photoshoot, using the pentax 67 and the wonderful takumar 105mm/f2.4, but time was tight and the sunlight was fading, so I also brought the sony a99 with the minolta 85mm/f1.4 along. I shot all poses with both cameras, just to be on the safe side. the last shots were really tricky with the pentax, since the sun had set: I had to keep a 1/60 minimum shutter speed, fully open the 105mm at f2.4 and rely on the film’s latitude.
I was very pleased when I scanned the negatives. kodak portra 400 really is a wonderful film (the last two frames were pushed three stops during scanning), and – contrary to popular belief – 1/60 is a hand-holdable speed with the pentax 67. I shot two films, a total of twenty frames, and I had the 8 images I wanted. I didn’t even look at the digital stuff.
[pentax 67 | takumar 105mm/f2.4 | kodak portra 400 | september 2013]