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Large Format Portrait of Dr Goodall
Old 07-06-2014   #1
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Large Format Portrait of Dr Goodall

I also posted this on the largeformat forum but I thought I would show this pic off to you fine folk.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to end up production managing Dr Jane Goodall's lecture here in Dunedin, New Zealand. While she was visiting my place of work I asked her manager if she would grant me a small amount of time to take her portrait. I was given 5min!

So here is the results...5mins, 5 sheets of film, no lights and a cark park. Probably one of my most nerve wracking experiences as a photographer of late.



Shot with a Razzle 900 df (Zeiss Planaer 135mm). Ilford Hp5+ developed in Ilford Microphen and scanned via a epson v700 and better scanning dry mount adaptor.
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Old 07-06-2014   #2
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Very nice portrait!!

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Old 07-06-2014   #3
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good job on such a tight schedule!
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Very nice. So there aren't any light modifiers and this is just indirect light in a parking garage? I'm impressed you did this in so little time with large format. I shoot a roll back on a 4x5, and I'm not sure if I could work that fast.
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Dude, you nailed it.
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Congratulations on working so well under time pressure.
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You should have photographed her eating a banana! Just kidding, cool photo.

However, such a photo might have gotten published in many magazines and newspapers.

I like the quality of 4x5, but believe it can be static on people shots.
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Very nice. So there aren't any light modifiers and this is just indirect light in a parking garage? I'm impressed you did this in so little time with large format. I shoot a roll back on a 4x5, and I'm not sure if I could work that fast.
No..no light modifiers..just a little coverage from the building and natural light. Normal 4x5 cameras would have been too slow but the Razzle makes shooting 4x5 a breeze...think leica on steroids
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She should give you more, but you have managed it well.
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Great!

Beautiful portrait.

But more to your credit is getting time to spend with her. That can be the most difficult task for many.

Kudos to you.
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Well done!
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great job!
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I like her body language, attitude, and expression.
I also like the landscape format vs portrait presentation.
Five exposures is plenty. You covered it. You only need one.
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She has a nice gaze towards the camera. Nice shot.
But I must say, you are in New Zealand and you photograph her in a car-park??
Come on man, its New Zealand.
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She has a nice gaze towards the camera. Nice shot.
But I must say, you are in New Zealand and you photograph her in a car-park??
Come on man, its New Zealand.
Like I said I had 5mins with her when she visited my workplace and contrary to popular belief not all of NZ is photogenic vistas and middle earth
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Nice work. Was this hand-held?
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I think it's a lovely portrait. Kudos to you for finding the light, and getting the picture, in such a short time frame.
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I especially like the way she look at the camera without *directly* looking at the camera.
Hand-held 4x5 in 5 min.
You did very well.
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Wonderfully done!

Have you sent her a copy?
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Disclaimer, the following is some constructive critique that I feel photo enthusiast forums are often sorely lacking:

A 4x5 would be tough as heck in 5 minutes ( not familiar with the Razzle, I use a Chamonix ), a 120 or 35mm SLR would have allowed a much more dynamic composition in that time frame I suspect.

The angle is nice on her facial pose in terms of light, but the dead-center aspect of a very environmental shot kind of makes the non-narrative background too distracting for me, especially with the car window on the lower right creating a distraction and the upper left being more neutral. I do a lot of high profile people photos and 5 minutes is not uncommon, I have learned to nail it in less than two. A couple weeks ago I had less than a minute to work with Moby before he lead a talk, he was outside in a courtyard with great light having some tea. I skipped even my Hasselblad and went right for a Nikon F100 and AF 50 1.4.

Also, a tip for photographing women, especially if they are wearing a puffy or similar coat. Have the subject point a shoulder more towards you, as to avoid the "NFL Defensive Tackle" girth we are seeing here. Not only does that present a more feminine pose, it will often present more pleasing neck lines in older women if not too strained.
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Very good portrait. You might want to work a bit more on the crop and tones, but the essential thing is there - the person.
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Nice work. Was this hand-held?
Yep was handheld
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. A couple weeks ago I had less than a minute to work with Moby before he lead a talk, he was outside in a courtyard with great light having some tea. I skipped even my Hasselblad and went right for a Nikon F100 and AF 50 1.4.
Any chance you could post that photo?
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