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Every photographer knows the feeling all too well, of having too many good shots to choose from. The trick is to cut down to the best 9-10 from a shoot (done easily in Lightroom) and then pick the one or two best to post to your portfolio. What do you do when you can’t bring yourself to do that? Post it to your tumblog of course!

Model: Kelly Dunn

Photographer: Nathan Sills

Red dress & black top provided by Desmond Evan

Equipment:

  • 5D MKII w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
  • Alienbees AB800 w/large octobox model light only

2:35 am     4 notes
September 23 2013
Post tags: kellydunn 5d mkii rokinon 85mm 1.4 alienbees photo studio nathansillsphotography model lamp reignmediagroup

Review: Yanke 2-in-1 Fresnel + Ground Glass
People buying used large format gear usually come across the same problem of an old dim ground glass. Maxwell and Boss are well known makers of bright new screens for any camera you throw at them, however these custom cut screens can be quite pricey! The alternative is the Yanke 2-in-1 Fresnel + Ground Glass found on eBay.
I’ll admit, with no reviews out there I wasn’t sure of the quality and was hesitant to buy in at first. But as you can see in the image above it does add quite a bit of brightness & clarity. On top of that it has markers for 6x7, 6x8 & 6x9 formats, and can be customized with more/less with a quick message to the sellers.

When it arrives (decently quick) it is easily apparent how clear this new screen is. You can see the difference from the old ground glass on my Speed Graphic above. The instructions aren’t included but can be found on the item’s listing page. The fresnel screen goes first grooves in towards the lens, the protective glass behind it. 


A pretty straightforward process. However, I found after installing that the new screen was misaligned with the focal point of the film, making my first test images come out blurry. After some more testing I figured that the screen was making me focus closer than intended, and I simply cut pieces of unused 4x5 film and arranged them in layers of 2 to use as shimmys, effectively distancing the fresnel from the lens and bringing it into correct focus.
Sample shot after correction:


It took a little work but I’m giving this Yanke glass four stars, best bang for your buck! Special thanks to Kaycee Kuna for modeling in my test shots and Desmond Evan for his amazing costuming skills as always.
Purchase your own at ecbuyonline2008's eBay store.

Review: Yanke 2-in-1 Fresnel + Ground Glass

People buying used large format gear usually come across the same problem of an old dim ground glass. Maxwell and Boss are well known makers of bright new screens for any camera you throw at them, however these custom cut screens can be quite pricey! The alternative is the Yanke 2-in-1 Fresnel + Ground Glass found on eBay.

I’ll admit, with no reviews out there I wasn’t sure of the quality and was hesitant to buy in at first. But as you can see in the image above it does add quite a bit of brightness & clarity. On top of that it has markers for 6x7, 6x8 & 6x9 formats, and can be customized with more/less with a quick message to the sellers.

When it arrives (decently quick) it is easily apparent how clear this new screen is. You can see the difference from the old ground glass on my Speed Graphic above. The instructions aren’t included but can be found on the item’s listing page. The fresnel screen goes first grooves in towards the lens, the protective glass behind it. 

A pretty straightforward process. However, I found after installing that the new screen was misaligned with the focal point of the film, making my first test images come out blurry. After some more testing I figured that the screen was making me focus closer than intended, and I simply cut pieces of unused 4x5 film and arranged them in layers of 2 to use as shimmys, effectively distancing the fresnel from the lens and bringing it into correct focus.

Sample shot after correction:

It took a little work but I’m giving this Yanke glass four stars, best bang for your buck! Special thanks to Kaycee Kuna for modeling in my test shots and Desmond Evan for his amazing costuming skills as always.

Purchase your own at ecbuyonline2008's eBay store.


1:32 am      1 note
September 23 2013
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Kelly Dunn & Jazmin Ocampo
So, I got the chance to shoot at this awesome rooftop studio in the arts district of LA with Kelly & Jazmin of Reign Media Group. These lovely ladies are up and coming models from Torrance and are well worth the trip. See for yourselves:








Models: Kelly Dunn & Jazmin Ocampo
Photographer: Nathan Sills
Location: FD Photo Studio
Equipment List:
5D MKII w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
Speed Graphic w/Aero Ektar, 6x7 back & Portra 160
Rolleiflex Automat 4 (MX) 
Manfrotto 055XPROB & 410 Head
Also go check out Reign Media Group at www.reignmediala.com, great articles about photography, modeling & fashion!

Kelly Dunn & Jazmin Ocampo

So, I got the chance to shoot at this awesome rooftop studio in the arts district of LA with Kelly & Jazmin of Reign Media Group. These lovely ladies are up and coming models from Torrance and are well worth the trip. See for yourselves:

Models: Kelly Dunn & Jazmin Ocampo

Photographer: Nathan Sills

Location: FD Photo Studio

Equipment List:

  • 5D MKII w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
  • Speed Graphic w/Aero Ektar, 6x7 back & Portra 160
  • Rolleiflex Automat 4 (MX) 
  • Manfrotto 055XPROB & 410 Head

Also go check out Reign Media Group at www.reignmediala.com, great articles about photography, modeling & fashion!


12:29 am      2 notes
September 23 2013
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Speed Graphic + Aero Ektar with Carol Seleme
I finally got around to attending a group shoot organized by Group Shoot Events, and decided to bring my Speed Graphic along. Usually among thousands of digital images, I might pick out 2-3 that I will use. This was the first time I liked every single shot I took, and I only took five of Carol.
At almost 6 pounds this camera is not what you would call easy to carry around and operate. Accompanying it on this shoot is the approx Kodak Aero Ektar 7in f/2.5. Because of the large size of the film, the depth of field equivalent on a 35mm camera would be a 48mm f/0.64! It certainly is razor thin and tightly focused. Carol looks quite lovely getting ready next to this beast:

Here’s a digital shot for comparison to the image below it:


And now, the 4x5 film shots from the shoot:





 
I’d like to thank Carol, I couldn’t have gotten these images without her. She’s very easy to work with and best of all is patient. I can’t recommend her enough, go hire her for your next shoot!
Model: Carol Seleme
Photographer: Nathan Sills
Equipment list: 
1947 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic
Kodak Aero Ektar 7in 2.5 lens
Portra 400 developed 1:1 w/Tetenal C-41 Press Kit
TMAX100 & 400 developed 1:1 w/D76
Canon Canoscan 9000F
Canon 5D Mark II w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
Manfrotto 190XPROB legs + 410 Geared Head

Speed Graphic + Aero Ektar with Carol Seleme

I finally got around to attending a group shoot organized by Group Shoot Events, and decided to bring my Speed Graphic along. Usually among thousands of digital images, I might pick out 2-3 that I will use. This was the first time I liked every single shot I took, and I only took five of Carol.

At almost 6 pounds this camera is not what you would call easy to carry around and operate. Accompanying it on this shoot is the approx Kodak Aero Ektar 7in f/2.5. Because of the large size of the film, the depth of field equivalent on a 35mm camera would be a 48mm f/0.64! It certainly is razor thin and tightly focused. Carol looks quite lovely getting ready next to this beast:

Here’s a digital shot for comparison to the image below it:

And now, the 4x5 film shots from the shoot:

 

I’d like to thank Carol, I couldn’t have gotten these images without her. She’s very easy to work with and best of all is patient. I can’t recommend her enough, go hire her for your next shoot!

Model: Carol Seleme

Photographer: Nathan Sills

Equipment list: 

  • 1947 4x5 Graflex Speed Graphic
  • Kodak Aero Ektar 7in 2.5 lens
  • Portra 400 developed 1:1 w/Tetenal C-41 Press Kit
  • TMAX100 & 400 developed 1:1 w/D76
  • Canon Canoscan 9000F
  • Canon 5D Mark II w/Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
  • Manfrotto 190XPROB legs + 410 Geared Head

(Source: blog.nathansills.com)


8:17 pm      130 notes
June 24 2013
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A film shoot with Kara.

Having just acquired an early 1950’s Rolleiflex Automat MX, I took the opportunity to test it out on this particular shoot during the “golden hour”. I used Portra 400, and although the sun was still setting and shined beautifully on Kara, I suspect I needed to use a filter to balance the color of the film. You can see the cool temp in the above and below photos.

I also used my trusty Kodak Retina IIc, which was really the fisrt time using it during a shoot and really surprised me with the quality of the film, and sharpness handheld at 1/60s.

Is it wrong that I actually enjoyed using a rangefinder style camera more than the waist level viewfinder of the Rollei? I don’t think so:

For comparison, click here for a digital from my portfolio. Not too shabby Kodak.

(Source: blog.nathansills.com)


6:14 pm
June 23 2013

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