Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The Best of Ben and Sam
These are one to two years old, but among my favorite photos I've snapped of the boys. If I remember correctly these were all taken with a Czech-made Flexaret TLR from the 1960s, hand metered on a Weston Master III, using ISO 400 c-41 black and white film. Don't ask me about aperture or speed. (Given the narrow depth of field - which I prefer in portraits - I probably shot these at either f/8 or f/5.6.) I know I should record that sort of thing for later reference and assessment, but I never remember to do it while shooting the photos. I'm just happy to get these guys to sit still for a few seconds. I've probably noted before that with my photographs (and really my paintings too) I'm always looking for those marked contrasts between light and dark that give a picture more depth and life. When these photos were taken, the boys were still at just the right size for this playground. Now, unfortunately, they're growing out it. Indeed, they're almost too big! Still we drop by at least once a week to see friends or enjoy the shaded picnic tables.