Now I needed a place to photograph the session. A couple weeks back I attended a "Going Away" party for a "gypsy" model which was held at The Loft in Downtown Bakersfield. The first thing that hit me when entering the space was all the Natural Light, followed by the wood floors and spartan interior. I messaged him and booked the space from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.
This had to be one of the easiest and satisfying shoots I've had in a long time. We moved easily from set-up to set-up and something just clicked and the two hours flew. By 6:00 PM, I had shot 36 exposures of IIford Super XP2 400 35mm in my Nikon F5, 16 exposures of Portra 400 (I hope it was 400 ISO) 120mm in my Mamiya 645 1000S and some digital.
- I Like Simple Shoots - No reflectors, no artificial lights, no lavish wardrobe, no extreme make-up, no multiple bags of gear. Just three cameras and three lenses.
- Stop Looking for the LCD Preview on the back of my film cameras - I must've caught myself checking for an LCD on my Nikon F5 camera; often. Even Sam caught me.
- Sometimes First Shoots do Work - I've always made the excuse that "first" shoots with a new model can provide for less than acceptable images, however; this shoot was one of those exceptions
The following two images were shot using my Mamiya 645 1000s with a Sekkor C 80mm f/1.9 lens on Portra 400