Page created March 5, 2003
I have a few bonus pictures of Leona to share:
Headshots: The good news (for all of us) is that Leona is considering doing a lot more modeling, and to encourage her, I volunteered to make some headshots of her. Here's a few:
Such a lovely lady! Unfortunately, I'm human -- I didn't get the exposure right for these headshots. The resulting negatives are "thin" (a photography term indicating that the negatives are underexposed or underdeveloped), and thus the contrast & tonality of these images are skewed. Now photographic paper has latitude (i.e. can be forgiving for borderline quality negatives), so we can get okay prints from this set, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and I'm disappointed at the quality of the images I can produce. Leona deserves better, and I'm sure we'll try again one of these days soon.
But on the positive side, she looks great, and the lighting (although "standard") works well, and she has lots of lovely expression on her face. It's funny -- I saw pictures of Leona before we worked together, and I have to admit that, to me, she didn't look like any of the pictures I saw. After working with her, I'm very happy with the images we've made together.
Extra Images from Our Fourth Sitting: As a beginning model, Leona always asks for prints from our sittings, which I am happy to provide. In fact, over the past several months, Leona has put together an impressive portfolio. But when I was printing her pictures, I took a moment to print a couple of more images from the dining room chair setup.
You can probably see the difference in the tonality quality between these images & the headshots.
The Eleventh Roll: When I'm working with studio lights, I can control the lighting with the placement & intensity of the lights, and when I do, I am careful to expose the film so that all rolls require the same development methodology. This way, I can develop up to 10 rolls all at once using my Jobo film processor. This saves me a lot of time -- I can process all 10 rolls in maybe 2 hours, and if I used my traditional film tank, I would only be able to develop 2 rolls at a time, and each batch takes me 90 minutes or more.
So, each sitting typically lasts for 10 rolls (10 exposures per roll) or 3 hours, whichever comes first. This works out well for me. Each sitting is fairly intense for me, because I'm positioning the lights, deciding on themes & composition, calculating exposures, climbing ladders, rolling on the floor, all while engaging the model (because I hate pictures of models with bored looks on their face). That's a lot for me.
So, Leona & I must have been having a good time, because for the fourth sitting, I wound up exposing 11 rolls. I'm usually tired after a sitting, and I was especially tired after this one. But when I got into the darkroom, I found I had an extra roll left over, and that eleventh roll sat around for a while until I had more rolls to develop. I have to admit that I was just too lazy to process that roll by itself. So, I waited until I have a few more rolls of other subjects to process.
The tenth roll from the fourth sitting contained the images of Leona on the floor facing the camera (at the bottom of the Out Takes page). Leona liked those pictures a lot, but they weren't my favorites. The eleventh roll images continued where those floor images left off with some more floor images, then with me over her, and then with her leaning over me.
Look for more images of Leona, hopefully soon.
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