7.06.2011

Random Portraits.


Renae G. Hblad.  150mm.  Film.


Renee Zellweger.  Canon film camera.  135mm soft focus lens (Canon) Panatomic X


Sweetish Hill Bakery.  Mamiya 6 with 75mm lens.  Tri-X



Kinky Friedman.  Writer.  Musician.  Perennial Gubernatorial candidate.  Hblad.  Film.  150mm.


Mike Hicks.  Brilliant designer.  Leaf 7afi 40 megapixel camera.  Schneider 180mm f2.8 lens.


Renee Zellweger. Pentax 645.  120mm lens.  Tri-X.  


Belinda.  Canon TX film camera.  Bulk loaded Tri-X.  Canon 135mm 3.5 lens


Mousumi.  Hblad.  180mm f4.  Tri-X.  



David Yarritu.  Yashica TLR.  Tri-X or equivalent. 


Rene N.  Leica R8.  90mm Summicron.  Agfa APX 100.  Scanned from a print.


Renae G.  Leica R8.  80mm Summilux.  Black and white film.


Rene N.  Leica R8.  90mm Summicron.  Agfa APX 100.  Scanned from a print.


At the Mean Eyed Cat Bar.  Nikon D700.  85mm 1.8.


Ben.  Olympus EPL-1.  In b&w mode.


Renae G.  Hblad Superwide.  Tri-X.  Fun stuff.


Dad.  EP-2.  60mm 1.5  b&w setting.


Sarah S.  Hblad.  150mm.   Agfapan APX 100.


Me.  With some sort of Canon contraption.  Looks like a 7D with a 15-85mm.


Old Hasselblad.  Film.  Zeiss.  Belinda.


A young Ben systematically destroys, but does not eat, a cheese danish from Sweetish Hill Bakery.

Fuji 6x9 cm rangefinder camera.  Kodak T-max 400 CN film.  Scanned.

Lots of cameras.










21 comments:

Anonymous said...

That boy is a rock star. Super nice shot.

KC Walker said...

I love the Belinda portrait. It totally looks like she's looking at Ben.

Joel said...

Nice work....you get extra points for remembering where you got the danish....

Nick Giron said...

Belindas portrait is very poignant.

Ben reminds me of my son at that age.
Eating out was an excercise in producing large tips and profuse aplologies as the restaurant staff would be feverishly trying to right the wrongs left behind in the "war zone", the radius around my sons high chair.

Anonymous said...

Your Tri-x portraits are awesome! I say it all the time: Stop the digital G.A.S. and SHOOT FILM!!!

Michael Ferron said...

Have to tell you Kirk I like the film shots better. A debatable stand I know and my taste is not related to the subject matter or compositions alone. The tonality and organic earthiness of the film rocks.

(PS Renee Z is a total doll.)

Bold Photography said...

Interesting how you chose a few photos with the subjects looking out of the frame...

Dave Jenkins said...

Nothing random about these portraits except the selection and sequencing.

Frank Grygier said...

A wonderful body of work.

PvR said...

Always enjoy the visual as well as the verbiage. Much better than groovy.

Patrick Dodds said...

Didn't think I'd be saying this but yep, the film shots seem to have more depth. Strange...

Paul Amyes said...

Love the portrait of the Kinkster. Medium format film certainly has a certain way of rendering portraits. I must get my old kit out and shoot some more.

Ed Lara said...

Kirk - thanks for sharing these, I don't remember you posting the last two photos of Belinda and Ben---the portrait of Belinda is the best you've shared so far in my opinion. And that shot of your Dad with the Oly Pen F 60 1.5 is amazing, looks even better than Leica M glass!

Dave Jenkins said...

Kirk, are you still standing by this post or would you say something different now?

http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2009/04/everything-old-is-new-againphotography.html

kirk tuck said...

Dave, It's gotten harder to do film since labs are so scarce, kodak chemicals are hard to find in the stores, etc. But yes, I stand by what I say in this post. I shoot more and more digital but it comes down to the sheer momentum of the marketplace....

neopavlik said...

You have a Rene/renae/renee theme going on.

Always a good day to see a Renae G picture.

Juznobsrvr said...

wonderful portrait, kirk... i am now more inspired to do portraits... thanks for sharing

mbka said...

!!! I suppose this was the 'from my portfolio' post to silence all critics ;-), especially those from a few posts back. What a series of deep, stunning images. I detect a tinge of Jeanloup Sieff in some, minus the 'torse nu' thing. Very impressive.

I have to concur with above commenters who liked the film versions better, especially the 120 format ones. It is puzzling because it's all been digitized anyway. The tonality went through the same grinder. Why is it so hard to get this tonality right out of digital... I suppose the color mix before conversion and the individual (curve) response of each color of the spectrum is more complex than many think...

Mindless said...

I would love to shoot with film, it still has a taste like nothing else but for sports it is much clever to choose digital and yes, unfortunatelly labors are expensive now more than ever.

Craig Yuill said...

I recently pulled a couple of film SLRs out of the cupboard and shot a roll of slide film with each. I do my own scanning. I found that the time it takes to scan a slide, do some mild post processing, and fix up spots and areas here and there (I use Aperture 3.1) adds up to about an hour on average. It can take longer if I'm experimenting with something, or doing serious correction work caused by things like gunk or scratches left on the slide by the processing equipment, which is something one doesn't have to worry about when shooting with a digital camera. These days even dust isn't much of a problem on most DSLRs. I can't imagine how a professional photographer today needing high-quality digital images would be able to spend the kind of time per image needed to work with film. Even if the scanning was done professionally, the post-processing work can be very time consuming.

Anonymous said...

Agree with so many others, the portrait of Belinda taken with a Blad is a stunning capture indeed.

If I lived in the USA I would have loved to attend the San Diego workshop, ah well.