Monday, August 20, 2012

Happy Accident

Was experimenting with my first roll of film in an Argus C-3 camera I recently purchased. The C-3 was originally introduced in 1957!

Developed my first roll, and I had surprised. The camera apparently had a problem properly advanced the film on 3 frames. After that, it recovered. But on the multi exposure frame, it actually resulted in a unique and interesting image!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fantastic Color Film

Since Saguaro Shadows Photography has returned to film photography, we have been exploring many different film types and processes. While we have mostly focused on Black and White films, we did recently try some color film.
Our results with Kodak Professional Portra 160 were simply astounding. A very fined grained color negative film, the Portra scanned very well, with very true colors and excellent sharpness and grain.
Film was developed by our local professional lab, Photographic Works.
This is definitely going to be the color film we reach for!
We can't wait to also try Kodak's Portra 400!

Monday, August 13, 2012

A camera that's been with me for a lifetime

This weekend I shot a roll of film with a Leica M3 made around 1957. The Leica M3 is a famous camera as it was, and still is, one of the best made cameras of its day. This particular M3 is special to me since it was owned by my godfather, and took some of the first pictures of me as a baby!

The M3 is about as manual as you can get! It does not have a light meter, so you have use an external one or a good guess!

The Leica lenses are still spectacular and deliver very high quality, sharp images! Film was Ilford FP4 and developed in Rodinal:

Monday, August 6, 2012

New favorite film

Saguaro Shadows Photography just recently shot and developed our first roll of Fuji Film Neopan Acros 100 black and white film. This film is known for outstanding results, and we were not disappointed!
Upon developing and digital scanning, we found we had results that were nothing less than amazing. Deep, rich shadows, good midrange detail, good sharpness and nearly undefinable grain!
We will definitely be shooting more Neopan Acros in the future!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Film Rocks!

Film is not dead! Contrary to popular belief, photographic film is not dead! Many photographers are still shooting film, and film sales have been increasing since 2009.
Saguaro Shadows Photography recently started shooting and developing our film. We are now offering film services as an option to our clients. We choose a specific film based on the client needs, and developed the negatives by hand. The results are amazing, and produce an image of quality and emotion that can't be expressed!

So if you you still have a film camera lying around, dust it off this weekend and shoot some film!

Arizona Theatre Company Summer on Stage

Saguaro Shadows Photography had the privilege of covering the Arizona Theatre Company's Summer on Stage program this year. This program gives high school students the opportunity to perform in a professional stage setting with a dramatic play and a musical production. This year the students a classic drama, "Machinal", and the fun musical, "Legally Blonde".
Photographically, covering a live stage performance presents challenges. The lighting is very subdued, and use of flashes is not permitted. The scenes also haves wide dynamic range with very dark background and well lit actors. This requires high ISO performance from the camera, and quick thinking by the photographer, as the camera's metering and normal auto exposure methods are easily fooled in this situation.
We used both digital and film to cover these performances. The digital cameras were ranging in ISO from 800 to 25,000, depending on the scene. My Nikon F6 was loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 black and film. This film yields excellent requires with well controlled grain at the high ISO of 3200.

All the the images from both shows are now available on our website.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Today Saguaro Shadows Photography is shifting our online presence away from Facebook and back to our blog. After several years on Facebook, we decided it just wasn't the right place to discuss our photography interests. The blog will help us keep others informed, and better allow us to pass along photography tips to others to take their photography to the next level.