I've been shooting a lot more with film, in particular with the TLR; this definitely slows me right down into thinking about each and every shot; extending this to my use of digital where appropriate (e.g. still need to do some high-speed fire at gigs)
Hardly believing it myself, it turns out that coffee can act as a film developer. This I had to try.
Three different films (XP2 at 400, FP4+ at 125 and HP5+ at 400), all developed at the same time:
five minutes soaking in water
16g Na2CO3 (anhydrous) added to water
add 10g Vitamin C
1.5g KBr (anhydrous)
40g Red Label instant coffee
make up to 1 litre of water
1 minute of agitation
rest for 59 minutes (at 21°C)
wash, stop, wash, fix, wash
All three films showed negatives of good density. However, it's become clear that my Paragon 135mm f/2.8 and EOS-1 do not agree on metering if I stop the lens aperture down. In fact, it seems to underexpose by a significant margin at f/8. This is completely the other way around compared to my EOS-7D which overexposes by around 1.6 stops. Better light metering is required on my part!
I shot a fair amount of this “straight out of camera” on my 7D using Reala, EtoC and ZERO custom picture styles. Lenses used were mostly the 135mm f/2.8 and 50mm f/1.8, with my Sigma, and Jeff's 70-300mm and 18-135mm making an occasional appearance.
Started to get “in the zone” with street photography. Great fun. And amazing architecture in York.
The idea is simple: bring your face, bring a camera, bring a friend... we're here to make new profile pictures!
Fans of photography — behind the lens or in front — are invited to come along and meet people, take pictures, and hopefully end up with some fantastic new portraits. Who cares if your Facebook profile picture is awesome already? This is your chance to get another! And you also get to practice taking photographs of people, become a bit less shy about having your picture taken, make new friends, and generally just have a laugh.
So grab your camera, hair brush and mirror and let's see what bonkers creative portraits we can come up with!