The shots above were taken on Rollei Retro 400s film, personally developed in the darkroom with D76. Note the subtle light leak on the upper left hand corner of one image. Rollei Retro films are very sensitive. Be careful when loading the film into the camera.
The photos above were taken on Kodak Portra 400 film. I had to use a new photo lab to get this roll developed because my usual lab’s machine was under repair. I’m definitely not satisfied by this new lab. There were these odd sticky dots all over the film. Some of which can be seen in the scans. I certainly won’t be going back there any time soon.
The shots above were captured with Kodak Tmax 400 film, personally developed in the darkroom with D76.
One of my professors has this mint Mamiya RZ 67 Pro II camera which, sadly, gets very little use in today’s digital age. I’d seen the camera sitting on the shelf for sometime, and I decided to do a bit of research on it. Turns out that this beast of a medium format camera (6×7), weighing in around 6 pounds, was once one of the most common studio cameras around. There are many perks to still using one today, one of which is that it can be coupled with a Polaroid back to shoot instant film. I was eager to give the Mamiya a go, so I sheepishly asked my professor if I could borrow the camera and Polaroid back as long as I took utmost care of it all. Since the camera is rarely used, she agreed and I was overjoyed : )
Here we have 25 portraits that I shot of my friend Hwa ( my Korean sign language is improving ^^ ) on three different films, Rollei Retro 400s, Kodak Portra 400, and Kodak Tmax 400. I’ve also shot using the Polaroid back, but I haven’t scanned those images just yet…all in good time. Some of the photos are a touch out of focus. In my absent mindedness, I forgot to bring a tripod out to shoot with. This is a big mistake – since the Mamiya is such a chunky camera and I didn’t have a neck strap, it was a bit hard to shoot handheld, but I managed for the most part. It takes a bit of practice. The lens, a Mamiya Sekor 110mm F2.8, is a true thing of beauty and works splendidly with medium format film. I absolutely love this lens’ swirly bokeh…simply divine for portraits. Fortunately, the professor has allowed me to continue shooting with the Mamiya for the remainder of the semester. I have a feeling it’ll get a lot of use from now til June, provided I can find the time to go out and shoot with it. I must admit I’m swamped these days. I’m working and studying too much, but I’m passionate about photography and I am certain that I will continue my craft. For now, check out these portraits which represent my first attempt at shooting this particular analog camera and stay tuned to see the Mamiya RZ / instant film photos I’ll be uploading sooner than later. Enjoy~! © Patrick Bresnahan