Decided to load up some film (and iPhone of course) and hit the country roads with my friend Thomas Perez. Thomas is a film enthusiast and does amazing portraits so it was great to learn some key techniques in exposure not only with film but with portraits in general. Today's dslr's have built in metering than make life a little easier and come with the ability to preview instantly.
The great thing about slowing down and using film is it forces you to use the old noggin and focus on the key aspects of portraiture, and for me exposure is at the top. And after a few blown rolls of film it'll make you want to learn real quick.
We headed out and found some really great locations. By chance we ran into a fellow who knew of an old place he thought we should check out, doesn't get much better than that. We also found some great open fields that were being used as monitor locations for seismic activity. Interestingly enough there was a VW Beatle keeping watch over us in the field while we snapped photos like we were in Area 51. Cue the X-Files music.
We ended the day at an abandoned house Thomas had been to before and man is it ever the perfect spot for some natural light and textured backdrops. Just the kind of place that brings you back wanting to see more.
Here are some iPhone shots from our explorations, hopefully I can finish the roll of Kodak TMAX 100 B&W Negative I shot. Really anxious to see what I learned after blowing a roll of Portra previously.
Also, if you are still reading this you are very patient, the patient kind of person who'd like to roam the back country roads and model for some photos? I'm looking to make more portraits and looking for people willing to go into some of these dusty and dirty spots so if you're interested shoot me an email by going to the contact section of this website and fill out the form and just let me know if you're interested and maybe what days/times are best for ya. You got some big shoes to fill though, Thomas is pretty darn good.