Documentary

A wet March by Brian Surguine

Our humble apartment, with a college architecture project still serving as a trusty lamp.

Our humble apartment, with a college architecture project still serving as a trusty lamp.

March was cold and damp, and, as a result, I took a lot of pictures indoors. Instead of the beautiful summer pictures from my last post, you'll get gloomy shots with an expired roll of Kodak Tri-X!

Soft hands, hard light.

Soft hands, hard light.

The film experiments continue, this time with a Kowa Six I recently acquired. The Kowa is a Japanese copy of a Hasselblad - it's a bruiser of a camera, with a big mirror and a big 80mm f/2.8 lens for its big 2 1/4" square negative. Big, big, big.

About to brave the rain. By the way, "Wild Ones" is a great read.

About to brave the rain. By the way, "Wild Ones" is a great read.

I'm not sure how I feel about shooting in square format. It feels weird when you're composing, but I really like how the pictures look. There's just so much detail and subtlety in medium format images, and the square frame introduces a different geometric bias than a rectangular frame.

A birthday coffee at Zingerman's.

A birthday coffee at Zingerman's.

To be honest, I'm not sure how much I'll use the Kowa, or how far I'll be able to pursue shooting film. I bought the Kowa because I wanted to see how far I would take the film experiment in medium format, or if it shooting film was even worth pursuing. After just one roll, I was hooked on shooting film, but undecided on the camera - it's just not that practical for my regular work, but it's a nice change for personal projects. It might make a nice portrait camera, especially with the softer optics on the 80mm f/2.8 lens.

Interruptions.

Interruptions.

I am really beginning to enjoy how film forces me to slow down and think about what I'm shooting. The different film stocks are also fun to experiment with, and Tri-X is a just wonderful. "Luscious" is the word that comes to mind: beautiful, subtle gray tones, with just the right amount of contrast. Love it, love it, love it.

Behind the Image: Group Hug by Brian Surguine

Weddings are an opportunity to celebrate a momentous life event, surrounded - in this case, quite literally - by friends and family. After the morning rehearsal, Callie, her bridesmaids, and both moms gathered to pray together before getting ready for the ceremony. This was taken right after, as Callie was enveloped in an outpouring of love and support. (I can't figure out how many people are hugging her.)

Technical stuff: Shot on my X100T at f/2.2, 1/60s. The silent leaf shutter lets me get right in the mix, so it feels like you're in the huddle.