Saturday, November 25, 2006

B&W Portrait Test Results - 1


Blogger micki said...

Portrait Without Filter
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/8
Aperture Setting - f-6.7 Manual Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Gold Reflector
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer Which I almost pitched out the window today.

Portrait With Filter
Camera - Minolta Maxxum 9000
Film - Kodak Tri-X
Shutter Speed - 1/2
Aperture Setting - f-8 Manual Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm portrait/macro lens
Hoya Green Filter
Gold Reflector
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer Which I almost pitched out the window today.

OK, the scans aren’t great, but I think they show the differences between the two portraits well enough to post for today’s undesignated Experiment Saturday. First of all, I want to say that the prints are tack sharp, which doesn’t show in these scans. Soooo.. .if you ever decide to shoot a roll of Tri-X and want to do a few portraits, this film will work well for you….just so you know.

With the first portrait I used no filters, just side lighting from the window and a reflector. The second portrait I added a green filter, the filter recommended for shooting portraits. I was very pleased with the results. You can see that my daughter’s eyes (which are blue, btw) have a more natural look to them with the filtered portrait, and there is better toning to her lips and eyebrows, as well as not such a ghostly, washed out look to her skin. After this little test shoot, I did other portraits of her and her sisters with some T-Max ISO 100. Just sent that roll off, so it will be a couple of weeks before I see those prints. So if you’re shooting b&w portraits, I would recommend a green filter for better results. As for the big flower, I knew it would get overexposed in the shot, but we stuck it in there anyway. I had paid for it, so I was getting as much use out of it as possible.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Both are fine looking, but the effects you mention do improve on the skin tone. These online shots never do justice to the quality of the original work we see at home. It will be interesting to see how the T-Max compares to the Tri-X.

11:18 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Definitely - the second, filtered shot looks more natural for sure - I like the floral addition as well.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Yep, filters do make a big difference! I remember that. I always had a green filter for people, and a red filter for the sky. The red filters totally block the cyan light from the sky and make it very dark, nearly black, and give fantastic contrast of sky and clouds. Green filters make the grass look white.

Fortunately, I can get this effect in digital without the filters. Each picture has is made up of 3 channels: Red, Green, and Blue. Each showing a B&W photo of what it would look like with that filter. :-)

Great shots, Micki!

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

The difference between the two is clear. The second is much more natural. Lovely work indeed.

I am curious about the head dress. Is there some significance to it?

12:09 PM  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

and today on shutterbug underexposed: the ueen of sheeba!....second one for me...i just love it because of the uniqueness of the subject.....8.25/10

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second one is much reflectivity do you think the flower added? I was wondering about it as a light bouncer now that I have seen it.....


12:36 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I like the 2nd one but I don't really see any detail in the flower... just the outline. Lovely portraits!

12:49 PM  
Anonymous John said...

Nicely posed portraits. Just recieved a batch of Tri-X, just waiting for the chemicals to arrive and will revisit processing again. I find if I scan in colour negative mode with my fairly modest Epson 3200 photo, I get very good results from b&w negatives.

3:12 PM  
Blogger Legabal said...

Fabulous portraits of a wonderful girl.^.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Montereyjohn said...

Beautiful child, beautiful portraits.

3:50 PM  
Anonymous Keith said...

I still use a lot of B&W film. I like Tri X and am currently trying a chinese film called 'lucky'. I use a yellow filter most of the time with B&W but also like Greann and red for some landscape work. I had some very pleasing results from a wedding witha Voigtlander bessa R2 50mm lens ilford film 50 and 400 and a yellow filter. Must post some when i eventually get a scanner. Like the 2nd shot shame about the flower, it looks like a reflector.

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I never would have noticed the difference had you not said anything, but since you did LOL I agree with all your findings LOL

All your children are Beautiful! I'm Jealous you can get any of them to site for Portraits!

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

the second portrait is my favorite...

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Shazeen Samad said...

Even the angle and pose, also the expression of the secound image is much better,, :)

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

These are lovely portraits, Micki, especially the second one.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Thanks for the great example of the usefulness of filters with B&W film. Both are beautiful portraits, but the second definitely has a more natural look to it. As you might know, I love Tri-X for its versatility.

Have you tried developing your own B&W film? It's actually pretty easy with a minimal investment in equipment.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Very nice portraits Micki. The second one is great with the flower. She looks like she's dressed as some character from Lord of the Rings. Very nice!

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Both the portraits are lovely, the pitch black background helps greatly here. And thanks for the tip on using the green filter!!

11:57 PM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Love the first one, the second one is a bit too much of a white wash on that flower :P

2:41 AM  
Anonymous angie said...

they're both quite nice, micki. great work with the the light and filter.

7:02 AM  
Blogger pcfranchina said...

They both look great!


9:18 AM  
Anonymous darr said...

If I was rich I would send you a 4x5 camera and a box load of Polaroid 55 to play with. I think you would create some beautiful portraits! I love the path your on!

9:35 AM  
Anonymous P.J. said...

Great portraits! I like how they both came out, to be honest.

Also, I give you lots of props about being able to wait so long for prints and all. Ever since I got digital, I don't think I could wait an hour for a roll of film!

As for the black and white -- you ever thought about your own darkroom? I had one when I was younger and it was so much fun. I used to get lost in there for hours and hours, developing my own film and making prints...

1:39 PM  
Blogger blackdaisies said...

: ) i love love love these!!

11:17 AM  

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