I’ve always been fascinated with the stories behind stories. Why not the stories behind photographs? Occasionally, throughout 2017, I’ll be writing the stories behind some of my favorite photos. We’ll begin in November, 2016, as I was testing a new lighting setup in preparation for some portrait work for a client. I had finished dialing everything in, just about to start packing everything up, when my daughter came outside and volunteered her services as lighting guinea pig. With the digital cameras put away, I turned instead to some older stuff.

Specifically, a Canon A1, circa 1979, and Ilford FP4+ 35mm film. I had just loaded up the film to partake in November’s FP4 Party, a competition of sorts with Emulsive, an online film photographer’s cooperative. Using one light, camera right, I took three frames, hoping one of them would turn out. One of them did, thankfully, but the two others are instructive:

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Canon A-1, 50mm, F8, 1/60th, ISO 100. One speedlight through small octobox, 1/8th power.

 

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Canon A-1, 50mm, F8, 1/60th, ISO 100. One speedlight through small octobox, 1/8th power.

We were just out in the backyard noodling around, when I re-heard Robert Capa’s bit of advice: “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” One more frame, much closer, and this is what came out:

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I was lucky enough to make the “Best of November” post on Emulsive. You can see it, and a lot of other great work, here.

Until next time,
Brent

 

 

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