I think we’re officially out of fall color, here in Salem, Oregon. Fall is my favorite season and it feels too short. I snapped these photos LAST YEAR (uh, behind on blogging much, Kel?) with my Mamiya RZ 67 and some Kodak Portra 400 film.
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There are several things that I love about this post.
1. This image is of fellow photographer, Crystal Genes of Crystal Genes Photography. She runs a private facebook group for photographers, so it was really awesome to finally meet her in person! Before you even ask….
YES, he eyes really are that pretty and her skin really is that perfect.
2. This was taken in my new studio. For those of you who didn’t know, I recently moved out of my Salem studio. I loooved having my own studio and so close to home, but I simply do not shoot enough indoors to justify having my own studio. So, I’ve started renting a shared space in Southeast Portland and I absolutely love it! It is very different from my old studio. The new space is in an old warehouse, which I’m in love with because it has giant old windows and an urban look. It’s also much larger than my old studio (about 5x larger, actually) an offers a lot more variety in terms of posing, backgrounds, etc. I’ve had a few people comment on the fact that I have to commute to the new studio, but in all honesty, I really don’t mind and it is totally worth it.
3. This is a film image. As most of you know, I’m a hybrid shooter, meaning I shoot with both film and digital gear. I like them both for different reasons and will decide which to use, based on a variety of factors. At the end of the day, though, I do love film more. I’m often asked why I’d choose film over digital, especially in this age of digital. First of all, the colors. I’m in love with film colors, as the skin always looks beautiful and the greens take on a bit of a blue hue to them. Second of all, the tonal range. You simply get more tones with film, which creates more depth in the images. My main reason, though, is that I shoot differently with film. It forces me to slow down. Because I have fewer shots, I make them count. I compose them more thoughtfully and I wait more, which allows me to be more present with my clients. My keep rate with film is about 95%, meaning that almost every image I take will be delivered to the clint. With digital, however, my keep rate is closer to 50% (which is better than when it was closer to 10%… overshooting much?). The good news is that I’ve shot both digital and film in my new studio and both look gorgeous! The light in there is divine and everyone looks fabulous.
Camera: Bronica ETRS
Film: Kodak Portra 800
Lab: The FIND Lab
Camera: Bronica ETRS
Film: Tmax 400
Kel Ward Photography is based out of Salem, Oregon. Areas of coverage include Salem, Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood, Albany, Eugene, Corvallis, Jefferson, Turner, Keizer, Woodburn, Wilsonville, Silverton, Stayton, Dallas, Hillsboro, Lincoln City, Bay City, Bend, Vancouver, Battleground, and all surrounding areas. Also available for destination weddings and other travel. Kel Ward Photography specializes in Black and White photography, in both film and digital mediums. Color photography also available. Coverage includes weddings, funerals, birth, childbirth, portraits, families, senior portraits, and boudoir. Outdoor and on-location are preferred.