Portraits round 1

Portraiture

Portraiture is a very exciting branch of photography probably because of it’s subject. It is indeed a very ancient and natural thing to depict our fellowman. Therefore enormous amount of portraits has been created over the history and especially nowadays.

Most likely this is the reason why portraiture is not easy to do well, fortunately all of us genetically attracted to faces. People are hard-coded to recognize human faces virtually everywhere and in anything even if there is only a few random craters and some shadows on the surface of a dead planet.

I also do love good portraits, and I am generally taking a lot as well. Unfortunately I am not as good as I wish to be.

It is rather hard to catch the moment of emotion in a right composition among proper lights to get a really special portrait. In addition as it is an interactive process you have to be connected to the other human-being on a level which is challenging and exciting at the same time.

This is overall very rewarding for me and I am going to keep shooting portraits for sure, hopefully on a higher and higher level.

I was planning to post some of my portraits here for a long time ago, but on the other hand I decided to push myself to publish new works as much as possible.

Finally the time has come and I have developed a few rolls of film a few days ago. So now I have some new photos which I will mix up with a few not so new ones.

The recent shoots caused a quite a bit of excitement because as always everything was experimental. I have tested a new focusing screen in my Pentacon Six as well as 2 new types of film (Fuji Across 100, Lomo Lady Gray 400) and  this was the first time I used Kodak D76 developer.

It turned out all good, however there were lessons to learn again.

Some new shoots

Nico (Girona, Spain), Pentacon Six, Biometar 80mm, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Cannoscan 9900F

SavE (Girona, Spain) Pentacon Six, Biometar 80mm,  Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Cannoscan 9900F

Paolo (Prato, Italy) Pentacon Six, Biometar 80, Fuji Across 100, Kodak D76, Cannoscan 9900F

Hunor and Tibor (Szentendre, Hungary), Pentacon Six, Biometar 80mm, Lomo Lady Gray 400, Kodak D76, Cannoscan 9900F

Some not so new shoots

These two pictures were among those I shoot on my first few rolls and developed myself around 2007-2008.  The guy  was my roommate during the university and these were taken in our kitchen next to a big window.

By the way, he is also a photographer and shooting film too from  time to time. He is the founder of a really nice blog called 100ASA.

Holló (Miskolc, Hungary), Zenit E, Helios 44, Forte 100, Forte developer, Cannoscan 9900F

Holló (Miskolc, Hungary), Zenit E, Helios 44, Forte 100, Forte developer, Cannoscan 9900F

Gabi (Gyöngyössolymos, Hungary), Cosina CSM, Cosinon 55mm, Forte 100, Cannoscan 9900F

Final words

Naturally there are many more portraits in my collection which deserve a frame in this blog and certainly many will show up. I only need to find the occasion and the context to merge them with recent works and publish. But hey this is only the round 1. I hope some of these cached your eye.

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  1. Jason Howe · January 29, 2012

    Hi Gabor, I really enjoyed reading your post and the images, I think you are being modest, they are excellent portraits. In particular I like the results of the Fuji Across 100 film, I have not yet tried this but certainly will now. I see we also have the same scanner, how do you find this?

    Cheers

    Jason

    • camerajunky · January 29, 2012

      Hi Jason,

      I am glad you liked the post, it was about time to write a new one. I am a bit busy nowadays.
      I have found the scanner in the computer and printer service shop of a friend. The scanner lacked of power supply and was a bit scratched outside as it was a demo instance and was never actually used.
      I got it for free and I bought a power adapter for a very little money a week later.

      Despite it works only with 32bit windows and therefore I need to run a virtual machine in order to get it work, It is actually a very cool device, especially because it accepts all type of film formats.

      BTW, I also like a lot your entry about the ADOX 300. I have never even heard about it before. Very nice indeed!

      Bests

  2. Kechos · January 29, 2012

    Lovely girl at the end:) Also great shoots.
    Btw big admirer of you work,I don’t think i’ve ever mentioned it yet;)

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