Cinestill 50 and 800 Portraits

Cinestill 800, natural light. +1 exposure

Cinestill 800, natural light. +1 exposure

Cinestill 800, fluorescent light

Cinestill 800, fluorescent light

Both of these photos are taken with Cinestill 800. Both are shot one stop overexposed and with no filter. In some lighting Cinestill recommends using a warming filter 85B. I don’t have one, maybe I will find one so I can see how it looks. 

The top one is natural light and the bottom one is florescent lighting directly overtop. Interesting how differently the colours turned out.

As a photographer I continually look to cinematographers and see how they light, and shoot scenes. Without travelling down this hole to deep go check out Gregory Crewdson. A photographer that when he shoots sets up with a full crew as though a movie was being shot. He will block off streets, burn houses, set up lights 80 feet in the air. His sets are so large that they necessitate communicating through radio sets. Amazing. His movie is herehttp://www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com There are also some shorter videos on Youtube.

Another cinematic inspiration is Terrance Malik. That name is probably familiar. Emmanuel Lubezki is the cinematographer on Tree of Life and a few other films for Terrane Malik. He recounts how he shot the film in this interview. Ihttp://www.theasc.com/ac_magazine/August2011/TheTreeofLife/page1.php I can watch T. Mailk's films with the sound turned off they are so well shot. 

Why mention cinematographers? Cinestill film is based off of Motion Picture film. It is modified so it can be developed with regular C-41 photo chemistry. (which is everywhere photos are developed) So this film is not to different from what would have been used in the Tree of Life. Amazing how they can get perfect negatives. 

Cinestill 800, natural light

Cinestill 800, natural light

The above photo was exposed at the box speed of 800. Better colours and blacks than overexposing by one stop like I did in the very top photo. Although, the very top photo has a nice glow to it, almost like there is steam. I gotta say one of the best places for light in the house is this bathtub...

The two photos below are the Cinestill 50 Daylight film. A finer grain for sure. I am very impressed with the latitude shown with this backlight coming from the window. I exposed for my daughters face and thought I would see a giant white block where the window is. I am shooting at a very shallow depth of field so I don't expect detail in objects through the window. This here is a great reason to shot film. 

Cinestill 50, natural light, +1 exposure

Cinestill 50, natural light, +1 exposure

Cinestill 50, natural light, +1 exposure

Cinestill 50, natural light, +1 exposure

Thanks for visiting, I do have to say, I shot what I love which happens to be a lot of my kids. I want to create a legacy for my family and strive to do it the best I can. I realize that more people would love these subjects to be models. Well, I don't :)