Posts Tagged Mamiya RZ Pro II
January 15, 2014

I have been wanting to do a photoshoot for quite sometime partly to improve my shooting style as well as to explore the Kodak and Fuji medium format film. I have also been wanting to do a film vs. digital shoot for quite sometime and finally everything came into place. So to do this shoot, I needed a model and that’s where Alex came into play. I work with Alex and she was happy to be my wonderful model.

So the first three frames are digital and rest of them are all film. I got a chance to use my Mamiya medium format camera for this fun shoot. Its not all the time I bust the 15 lb camera out so I was really excited to use it on this shoot. From this gear its becoming very obvious that film hasn’t lost its edge.

Location scouting is always a great challenge when you are new to the area but I think this setting worked out well. These pictures were on par with my digital pics and I enjoyed the fact that I was able to keep all my film shots. When you shoot film it forces you think hard because each click costs $$$ and you can’t review your LCD.  Props to Indiefilmlab for processing/scanning the roll.

I hope to do more of these shoots to broaden my skill set as well to use all the gear that I have at my disposal. I love shooting medium format and it has a certain character than 35mm cameras just don’t match.  Thank you Alex for being such a great model. Hope you all enjoyed the set.

April 12, 2012

It has been a very long time since I blogged about anything that I almost forgot my password to log into my site. The achens {priests} in the Mar Thoma church as some of you are aware move around every 3 years. I can’t imagine moving to a new place every three years. I have already done my fair sharing of moving from DTW to ATL to  MGM and its NOT fun. Jai Achen and family are moving from Atlanta back to Kerala, India. I thank God for their devotion and commitment to get up and move around every 3 years. I wanted to give a special gift that they can always look back and remember their years while in ATL. So what’s better than pics, after all pictures say more than 1000 words, right?. I asked if Achen and family would be willing for a session at the parsonage and they were very excited!

I started off with a good cup of hot chai [tea] and you can see the rest below.

On another note, some people have asked me why I shoot with film. Isn’t that the past? Well shooting film was a personal choice of mine. Both mediums [film+digital] have their own pros and cons. Digital is easier, convenient, faster and cheaper in the long run if you take lots of shots. Film camera bodies are about 9x cheaper than digital, less time spent in photoshop/lightroom, you tend to keep more pics, and it just looks better :). You tend to keep more pics??? What do you mean? Well when you shoot with film you SLOW down because you know each click is going to cost some $$$.  This helps you to be a better photog because you THINK before you SNAP which means less time spent in PHOTOSHOP fixing those OOPS.

I got into film and am continuously learning because of Jonathan Canlas and many others. Recently he launched a book on how to shoot film and is a really good source for those who want to get into film. You can get it here.

All my scans were developed and scanned by Indiefilmlab  and these guys are good at what they do!! Even better since I live 2 min from them!

Technical Info: Frames [1-11] Mamiya RZ Pro II shot on Portra 160
[12-20] Nikon D700
[21-23] Nikon F100 on Portra 400 {23 on rt}