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John Bragg
05-30-2008, 06:35 AM
What is your ideal recipe for a portrait ? Choose your camera, lighting, film stock, development and any other variable in the equation... I like "simple" and tend to use Leica M6 and available light with 400 iso film (Tri-X or Neopan) @ Ei 200 in HC-110 1:63 or Rodinal 1:50. My brain is hard wired for black and white and this combination does it for me. How about you ???

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/2520860064_a95665ac64.jpg?v=0

Ian Grant
05-30-2008, 06:44 AM
When I shot portraits commercially back in the early 70's I always used FP4 in ID-11, using natural light and a Pentax Spotmatic F or Mamiya C33. The ID-11 was replenished which gives results more like using it at 1+2 or 1+3. In low light I used HP5 but only if I really needed to.

Shooting rock bands, on the odd occasion where I shoot film I generally use Tmax100, sometimes 400 and process in Xtol, again replenished, although more recently I've started processing nearly all my films in Pyrocat HD.

Ian

Michael W
05-30-2008, 08:09 AM
This week my favourite combination was

Penatx 67
Tri-X 400
skylight & open shade
Xtol 1:2
Leitz IIC
vintage Oriental warm tone grade 2
Dektol

Kvistgaard
05-30-2008, 08:43 AM
Camera: The best I can afford :-)
Lens: 85 mm (that's 85 mm on a 35 mm camera, not MF)
Consumables: I've had great results with Tri-x rated at 320, developed in xtol.
Natural light, preferably. Otherwise a single 500w flash unit with a 60x80 (i think it is) softbox

df cardwell
05-30-2008, 09:26 AM
It is usually an intuitive choice,
made at the last moment. not impulsive,
mind you, but having to do with how I feel about the subjects,
the conditions, all that.

My normal lunch is an apple and a bit of cheddar.
I suppose the photo corollary would be a Nikon F & 85/1.8,
APX 100 or TMY depending on the moment, or the light.
Xtol/Rodinal/Edwal12, depending on the .... feel.

It's ALWAYS an intuitive choice.

TheFlyingCamera
05-30-2008, 11:49 AM
If we're not restricting this thread to 35mm, my favorite combination is Fomapan 200 (aka Arista.EDU Ultra 200), shot at 100, in 5x7 sheet film. Process in Pyrocat HD 1:1:100. I shoot an old Century Master studio camera with a 14" Seneca Whole Plate Portrait (aka Wollensak Vesta). Print in platinum/palladium.

mabman
05-30-2008, 12:47 PM
In 35mm I've been practicing with an 85mm Jupiter-9 M42-mount lens (it's a Sonnar clone from the former Soviet Union), mounted to either a Bessaflex M42-mount camera, or more recently a k-mount ME Super with an adapter (the aperture-priority of the latter makes balancing fill flash, if required, a bit easier for me).

I normally use Kodak BW400CN for this - I've found it holds detail very well - very hard to blow out highlights even if fairly close up with a flash. Also the B&W "creaminess" works quite well for many people, especially female subjects and children.

Recently I acquired a Mamiya C330 with 80mm and 180mm lenses. Last weekend I was experimenting with performance portraits using the 180mm lens and XP2 (locally BW400CN in 120 isn't a big seller, I'm told, so it's not readily available). The film is out for processing - I'm very curious to see the results.

Overall, I'm still in what I would consider an experimentation stage - I had a local part-time pro look at what I've done, and his main criticism was that often I don't get the subject's eyes perfectly in focus, which can be distracting in a portrait - while I prefer shallow DOF he suggested a minimum of f/8 is usually "safe". I've been trying to perfect that, I guess practice makes perfect :)

Also I've acquired a whole lot of Tri-X in 35mm and 120, so I'm probably going to try more portraits using that, as well...

df cardwell
05-30-2008, 01:14 PM
85mm Jupiter-9 M42

A lovely, lovely lens.

Anscojohn
05-30-2008, 01:24 PM
80, 85, 90, 100, or 105 at F.4.0 in 35mm
FP-4 @ EI of 64, souped in replenished D-23
Open shade or bright natural room light

Paul Howell
05-30-2008, 01:25 PM
Kowa 66 with 150mm 3.5 lens, northern exposure natual light, Trix professional developed in Polydal, I still have 5 or 6 cans, printed on Salvich Warm tone paper developed in Zonal Pro Warmtone developer.

Alternative would be Mamyia Uinveral with 150mm 5.6 lens. Same film and paper.

df cardwell
05-30-2008, 02:56 PM
Paul

You use Edwal 12 AND Polydol ?

I thought I was the last..... !

Time for a PM

c6h6o3
05-30-2008, 03:17 PM
Any of my cameras (120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10) and a lens which fits on it
400TMax
Harvey's 777

I get glow in the dark skin tones, no matter what the subject's race or complexion.

jnanian
05-30-2008, 03:20 PM
my current favorite is making really long
exposures on paper negatives,
using a 11x14 camera and a wollensak triple convertible
souped in exhausted ansco 130 ( 1:2 )

Thomas Bertilsson
05-30-2008, 03:24 PM
Ilford Delta 3200 in Ilfotec DD-X full strength for 120.
Fuji Neopan 1600 in Xtol 1+1 for 35mm.
For 4x5 I've used Tri-X and loved it in Pyrocat-HD or Pyrocat-MC.

I like grain, can you tell?

- Thomas

df cardwell
05-30-2008, 03:52 PM
Any of my cameras (120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10) and a lens which fits on it
400TMax
Harvey's 777

I get glow in the dark skin tones, no matter what the subject's race or complexion.

Hmm. No more secrets here.

MarcoGiardini
05-30-2008, 03:59 PM
i do not have a recipe for shooting a portrait. It depends on me and on the subject i shoot.

marco

c6h6o3
05-30-2008, 05:14 PM
Hmm. No more secrets here.

There never were any secrets here. I have no secrets and harbor little respect for photographers who keep them. They are usually harbingers of cheap gimmicks.

The only secret involved in my photography is the formula for Harvey's 777, which nobody seems to be able to dislodge from Bluegrass.

MattKing
05-30-2008, 09:16 PM
Ever the rebel....

Portra NC 160 in a Mamiya C330 with 135mm lens.

High overcast sky and indirect lighting please. Maybe a reflector too.

Matt

df cardwell
05-30-2008, 11:24 PM
There never were any secrets here. I have no secrets and harbor little respect for photographers who keep them. They are usually harbingers of cheap gimmicks.

The only secret involved in my photography is the formula for Harvey's 777, which nobody seems to be able to dislodge from Bluegrass.

Just a jest, observing the variety of recipes folks have.

You and Paul were rolling down my little black book !

mabman
05-31-2008, 12:25 AM
Any of my cameras (120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10) and a lens which fits on it
400TMax
Harvey's 777

I get glow in the dark skin tones, no matter what the subject's race or complexion.

Just curious, what kind of a dev. tank do you use? I keep reading about 777, but it seems to be designed for a large tank with replenishment, which doesn't work for me.