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eddym
05-23-2008, 04:55 PM
[I]Today, I trust to intuition when I make a portrait,
intent only to connect -sometime in the future-
with an unknown viewer who might see the picture.


Wow... your entire post was sheer poetry; but this sentence sums it up best to me. And, in the spirit of this topic, it inspires me.

Gary Holliday
05-25-2008, 03:10 PM
These images represent the skills of portraiture and printing I hope to achieve. Enjoy!



http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=10812&d=1211515731

This is incredible, what process is this?

I'm glad I found this thread, was going post something similar as I'm looking for inspiration. I'm photographing a female vocalist next week over in Germany and can't think what to do! I won't have any lights with me.

DannL
05-25-2008, 03:47 PM
http://www.apug.org/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=10812&d=1211515731

This is incredible, what process is this?

I'm glad I found this thread, was going post something similar as I'm looking for inspiration. I'm photographing a female vocalist next week over in Germany and can't think what to do! I won't have any lights with me.

I believe it to be a platinotype, but I could be mistaken.

df cardwell
05-25-2008, 03:53 PM
It is a simple, window light portrait. There are blinds / curtains at the window used to mask down the window to make the right sized opening. Likely the sitter was vignetted by a card over the lens. Light fell in a pleasing way on the background.

This is a lovely portrait that was pretty typical of a good portrait shooter 100 years ago.

You can do this with a 35mm /120 camera and a medium speed film. Find a nice window, with unobstructed light, and practice a little bit. Look for some portraits from this period, and study the posing. Elegance of line, the hair pinned up, displayed an admirable neckline, the light on her cheekbones is luscious. The plate might have had some pencilling to clean up the highlights.
The tilt of the head, very typical. Makeup ? A touch of baby powder.

The focal length was typically = the the long + short side of the format: 6x7 would be 130mm @ f/4.5. The negative will have generous exposure and minimal development, a CI of .58. DDX and FP4 would make this a snap.
Pan F, even better. A plain old silver print ( Kentmere ) would be good.

Have fun !

DannL
05-25-2008, 04:32 PM
I agree. Pan F would be perfect. Here is a closer view for analysis. Scanning always leaves much to be desired.

Close-up scan (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2521760869_3bdf833bc1_o.jpg)

Cheers!

df cardwell
05-25-2008, 08:01 PM
Here is a closer view for analysis

Dorothy was a pretty good painter... and just plain pretty !

Looks like one of the neat portrait lenses of the day, not a Verito,
more like a Dallmeyer, or a Cooke, or - I'm unsure about the dates -
Pinkham & Smith were in the neighborhood !

Another possibility for the lens might have been a Tessar, Heliar,
or other fast Anastigmat of the day. While we tend to think of these as press lenses, they were very popular for the ability to FOCUS easily. The method in the day was to focus, do any corrections, such as tilting the lens to brng a shoulder, or hands, into the plane of focus, and then rack the front standard out to put the focus slightly ahead of the face. Yep, that's how they did it.

If I were running out to do a picture like this, with, say, Mamiya RB, I'd use a 127 and stretch a little black silk stocking (Dior, if you've got them) over the back of the lens like the movie guys do.

I understand, years ago, when Dior stopped making THE silk stockings, Harrods acquired all that were left and there was a mob of english cine shooters at the front door, elbowing out all the ladies...picture some blokes that look like Hagrid loaded up with boxes of stockings.

An EXCELLENT place for Primary Source information on Portraiture in the early 20th century are periodicals to the trade, like Kodak's Studio Light, and the amazing The Photo Miniature. Available for a song at the online-auction-place. My favorite is the 1916 interview with THE HOT California Portraitist... Edw. Weston. Like having a Photo Tardis.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3248/2522246427_6dc67e2d3a_o.jpg

John Bragg
05-30-2008, 03:57 AM
August Sander again...http://www.metmuseum.org/special/August_Sander/images/ASA3_8_1.L.jpg

MarcoGiardini
05-30-2008, 05:22 AM
Cecil Beaton

http://images.npg.org.uk/OCimg/weblg/1/8/mw63018.jpg

http://www.staleywise.com/collection/beaton/audrey_hepburn_1954_b.jpg

rorye
06-30-2008, 05:55 PM
Hi all,
a portraitist who has inspired me quite a bit is the Scot Robin Gillanders, whose book "The Photographic Portrait" (http://www.amazon.com/Photographic-Portrait-techniques-strategies-portraits/dp/0715316524) was a real eye opener for me in its demonstration that the boundaries for portraiture are very wide indeed. Good blend of formal and more informal portraits, and I can't recommend this book enough. Strangely, Gillanders does not seem to be very well represented on www.

Cate: Thanks for starting this thread. Much needed :-)

How funny to stumble across this. Robin Gillanders was my instructor at Napier College 24 years ago and I still think of him as a big influence, and one of the nicest people I've met.

kombizz
10-26-2008, 12:13 PM
How about these ones (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/sets/72157605068006772/) !!

MarcoGiardini
10-26-2008, 01:31 PM
How about these ones (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/sets/72157605068006772/) !!

nothing special.