Test Shot Portraits #1 and #2.

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Test shot portraits: the first in harsh artificial light last night; the second in natural light earlier today.

The focus is where I wanted it in the first, but I can’t say that about the second image (it is slightly front-focused).  Perhaps I’m out of practice, perhaps my eyesight is starting to fail me, perhaps the rangefinder (or lens) is off.

I have no idea, because this is film.

And that’s the beauty of it.


Kanto Leica M3 50mm Summilux Black Chrome Test Shot 1 Prosophos

Kanto Leica M3 50mm Summilux Black Chrome Test Shot 2 Prosophos

5 thoughts on “Test Shot Portraits #1 and #2.

  1. …Both fantastically gorgeous in every way. Focus on the second (at size you’ve posted…) honestly looks great to me; maybe my eyesight’s failing too.


    Welcome back, M3 and 50 Lux.


  2. Film really shines (for me anyway) in those weird, mixed lighting conditions like the first photo you posted. Both wonderful, and I’m too young to have my eye sight failing me so I will say the second is A-OK 🙂

  3. Looking pretty good to me Peter! Very nice. Love that “earthly” feel to these.

    A slight digression…..I must admit moving to the M4 without a meter has been a learning curve. Just got film back and unfortunately lost some images I’d have had as “keepers” due to the exposure being to low. Given when I shoot on the street it is normally between f4 and f7 I’ve got to remember to knock that shutter speed down to a much slower pace! Given the size of the Mamiya 7 it makes you realize how it’s leaf shutter really shines given you can only shoot at a top speed of f4.

  4. Thank you kindly gentlemen!

    Mark, I appreciate the kind sentiments. As for welcoming me back, you know as well as I do that it’s all about Rule #20: https://prosophos.com/2014/10/09/photography-truths-ive-learned-over-the-years/

    Jordan, I agree that (B&W) film manages to handle artificial light with aplomb. Under these conditions, I never get anything half as nice with digital.

    Andrew, the lack of a light meter does complicate matters (thank goodness for my iPhone light meter app), but I tend to take a reading only once or twice in the process of photographing. Despite that initial extra step, I’m free for the rest of my shooting so, in a way, it seems less complicated than constantly having to check exposure. I suppose it helps that I’m usually photographing under stable light conditions.

  5. Watching some of my photographs just this morning I was missing a couple cameras I got rid of; a six20 Kodak and a rare Pontiac. They were beautiful (not just externally) because you had to do everything by hand.
    I love that lack of precision, even sometimes I focus my actual cameras only with the distance dial.
    At last I accept that loss and enjoy what I learnt from them.
    Both of your photographs are in some way between Caribdis and Schila.
    The first because that shade.
    The second because the confusing background.
    Both are good.

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