Portrait of Keith

Taking portraits of people is something I’ve always wanted to get into but have personal issues with. What if I ask someone and they refuse or give a funny look and walk away? What happens if I mess up a shot and make them look different from what they (or I) expected?

With one sheet of film left, I nonchalantly asked anyone who was listening “does anyone want a portrait done”? and to my surprise my brother-in-law Keith spoke up and agreed. The interior of the building was very dark, but the light coming in through windows and doorways was pretty cool. I positioned him in the doorway to illuminate half his face and have the other half in shadow, and metered on his right cheek. I should have mentioned that we were on the third floor of the abandoned CFS Lac Saint Denis and Keith is standing about a foot from the edge. I asked him for no facial expression and to simply stare down the lens. I’m really happy with the way this photo turned out and hope to build up some confidence to shoot more portraits in this style.

Camera: Pacemaker Crown Graphic 4×5
Lens: Kodak Ektar 127mm f/4.7
Film: Ilford Ortho Plus 80
Shutter Speed: 1/50s
Aperture: f/5.6
Developer: Kodak HC-110 (Dilution B) @ 19.7C for 6:08 minutes.
Scanner: Epson V850
Catalog ID: 2018-Sheet-024


2 thoughts on “Portrait of Keith

  1. I really like it. I too am challenging myself to get up the nerve to do this more. I have the same worries as you. Everyone seems to say that older quirky cameras make it easier but I feel like it sometimes makes it harder to shoot in the open and to shoot other people. I always feel like I have to explain myself and am nervous that people will think I’m too “out there”. Probably stupid to think this way but it is always in the back of my mind.

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