Lauren & My Beauty DishSaturday, November 10, 2012
Mamiya RB 67 Pro-SD 140mm lens
Beauty dish attached to Visatek monolight
Fuji b+w FP-3000B
Makeup and Styling Rebecca Stewart
I took the pictures in this blog today.
I still remember the excitement of seeing my first camera behind a pawnshop in Washington DC in 1956. It was an Agfa Silette. I bought it for $25 and I asked the man who sold it what kind of film I should buy. His reply is easy to remember after all these years, “Buy the best film made, Kodak Tri-X. That morning, in DC, on a road trip with some of my St. Edward’s High School (Austin) classmates had not begun well. We had gone to a session of the US Senate which I found boring. We then went to the office of our Texas senator who gave us each a card signed by him attesting to our presence at that day’s Senate session. I looked at the man with the big ears, Lyndon B. Johnson and as soon as I was out the door I chucked the card into a waste paper basket. I would certainly do things differently now!
|Same as above but with Fuji Instant Colour 100 ISO film
I can remember my first studio in Vancouver, a shared space on West Pender and the big studio with a cove on Hamilton Street before Yaletown became fashionable and expensive.
Perhaps some 25 years ago I bought a demo Dynalite power pack with three flash heads that served me well and has served me well until now.
The Dynalite heads had a recessed flash tube in a built-in reflector. In their time they were state-of-the art small and powerful. The recessed heads took all the abuse I gave those lights. Until quite recently I could take pictures using these Dynalite heads with an optical spotlight, a Fresnel spotlight, an umbrella (I abandoned umbrellas early in my career) and with my fave the softbox (small, medium and very large). I have a Profoto ring flash adapted for use with a Norman 200B portable battery pack and with that Norman I can light in strange ways with the bare flash bulb. I can light a room in a 360 degree angle.
|Fuji FP-3000B Instant Film
A month ago Focal Point closed. I bought a Visatek mono light (the power generator is built into the head as one unit as opposed to my Dynalite that has flash heads connected by cables to a power pack). The Visatek has protruding flash tube that easily fits into a beauty dish.
From Ken at Beau Photo I purchased a largish Chinese made beauty dish. Horst Wenzel elegantly adapted it to fit my Visatek light.
Today Rebecca (15) made up her sister Lauren (10) to resemble the look and eye makeup of Claire Bloom in Limelight a film I saw with the girls some months back.
I snapped some pictures of Lauren which Rebecca styled for me with expertise that shows promise. I used the beauty light with my Mamiya RB-67 Pro-SD with a 140 mm lens. At close quarters the Visatek at minimum power gave me f-16. I shot with Ilford FP-4 processed in Kodak T-Max Developer, and with Kodak Ektachrome 100G (I will have to wait until Tuesday noon to get the results from The Lab. I also took two Fuji instant 3200 ISO film shots and one with the Fuji Instant colour film.
|Same as above but with Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Time Machine at Platinum Print setting
I am excited with the results. It is an excitement that is no different from that first camera, that first enlarger…
That excitement of experiencing something for the first time rejuvenates the soul and placates the ills of one’s body.
|Fuji Instant 100 ISO film and Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Time Machine at Early Colour setting
|Fuji FP-3000B negative peel scanned (left) and then reversed (right) showing the Sabattier Effect
|Ilford FP-4 100 ISO Corel Paint Shop Pro X2 Time Machine at Platinum Print setting
|Same as above
|A beauty dish similar to mine