Shooting Film

I've driven five thousand miles through fifteen states in the last three weeks. So, it was a pleasant surprise today to go through the accumulated mail and find the prints from my film shoot with Emma Holley. On the way out of town, I'd dropped two rolls of film in the mail to The Darkroom down in San Clemente, CA and had them process digital scans and 5x7 prints to get a feel for their work. Couldn't be more pleased with the service and results and will definitely be using them going forward.

I shot with a Leica Leicaflex SL2 left to me by my Grandmother who passed in 2004. It was number 45 out of a 790 camera production run in 1975. These are the first images this camera has produced since she shot with it herself. Primarily, I used a 50mm f2.0 Summicron R lens, and a few headshots are from a 180mm f4 Elmar R.


With more Ilford HP5 on the way from B&H, I'll be adding a film component to future shoots. The methodical pace and thoughtfulness required when shooting film has undoubtedly improved my work — my hit rate is significantly higher versus digital. And the turnaround on the digital scans from the Darkroom is quick enough to fit my existing workflow.

Certainly want to thank Nick Sabatalo of 35mm Magazine for putting the shoot together and to Jose Chavez, who was tremendously knowledgeable and helpful, specifically with metering light and calculating settings for the 400 ASA film we pushed to 800. Of course, Emma was exceedingly brilliant to work with as was the supremely talented hair and makeup artist, Omayma Ramzy.