ShutterTwinz Photography

professional photographers / professional twins

Alpha Rolls

I'm a huge proponent of all things film. I love the look, the variability, and the process. I was an early backer of CineStill Film and recently received my alpha rolls of CineStill 800T. A plain, white packaging. Nothing crazy. Looked like any other 120 film at this point. The folks at CineStill were fairly good about updates and concerns up to the final release of the film. I appreciated that. Upon seeing some of the initial photos produced with this film, I began to wonder if it was something I would use. It was being advertised as a tungsten based film (which it is), to be used in low-light, street situations, under specific lighting. Or at least that is how I was reading it. None of which I typically shot. But, being that I love all things film, I was willing to give it a shot...

I've put two rolls through my Pentax 67. The first roll, I went against everything CineStill said not to do. And the results were fantastic. That's not a knock on CineStill, I'm sure the results are equally incredible, if not more so, by following the "rules". I wanted to use the film as I use all my film, and shoot it the way I shoot. There were tweaks to be made (mostly color) which I anticipated due to the tungsten balance of the film, but other than that, I was taken aback by the sharpness and detail the film provided. It's good stuff. In fact, I would put in on par with any other 400/800 film on the market in this regard. Will I purchase this film over Portra400/FujiFilm 400H, probably not. But having a few rolls in the fridge for specific events or just something different is well worth it. 

I commend CineStill for their hard work and dedication to this wonderful art. I wish them much success. Keep it alive. -STZ

Stand Development (Semi-stand) - Initial thoughts

Get a Grip

Get a Grip

Most everyone that dabbles in the analog world has heard of, or at the very least, tried stand development. Should you?

Short answer, yes. Any opportunity to learn a new process and add another tool to the tool box is worth it, at least in my opinion. The process is fairly idiot proof, which is good for me. It is extremely forgiving. If done correctly, yields fantastic results with minimal input from you. The negatives come out nice and dense. The highlights and grain are controlled, shadows have detail. There is a perceived increase in detail as well. For me, this process is something I'll probably start doing more often. It does take a bit longer, but the results are worth it. 

Process/Stats: 

Kodak HC-110 (1:100) 6ml solution: 600ml distilled H2O. Solution at 70 degrees. 

Ultrafine Xtreme 400 (120)  

- pre wash 1min

- develop 60min : Agitate first 60s. Agitate gently every 20min after. 

- wash for 2-3min

- fix for 5min

- final wash 5min : PhotoFlo for last minute.  

 

 

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Nikon F100

Watching numerous videos on this camera, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. I found one on eBay for a reasonable price and pulled the trigger. Funny enough the one I ended up purchasing was less than 10 miles from where I live. The F100 is built tough. It has the same feel and controls as my D700. What I didn't expect was the ease and awesomeness of this camera. It is a shooters delight. Some would diss the "automatic" nature of this machine, and coming from shooting mostly rangefinders and manual cameras, this was a stray from my norm. But a good stray. The convenience and pleasure of shooting fast and and knowing you nailed focus left nothing to guess. You grabbed the shot and quickly moved to the next. It will be a great companion to my D700. It will not take the place of my other cameras, but it is a great, affordable option that every film shooter should have in their arsenal. 

 

Hasselblad Xpan ; First Impressions

I've had my eye on the Hasselblad Xpan for many years. It was with great pain I sold my beloved Leica M8.2 to get my hands on this beautiful machine. Having never handled the Xpan, I was extremely impressed with the build and quality of camera body and lenses. The system I purchased came with the 45mm f/4 and 90mm f/4. All images posted are with the 45mm. There is definitely a learning curve when moving to this "odd" format. It's one thing to fill the frame with a standard format camera, but to fill this frame, with interest, from east to west is a challenge to say the least. I don't intend to shoot in pano mode exclusively, since I do believe it can be overdone and in some instances overkill. But with the flip of a switch I can toggle between standard format and pano. I look forward to using the Xpan as my full time replacement for my Leica. Happy shooting.

Still

Every now and again I like to pack up some of my favorite gear and take it on a mini photo shoot. They are phenomenal models and listen ever so diligently. Finding the right spot, the right light, and the right angle just as you would with any shoot is part of the fun. I've also found myself collecting trinkets....patches, buttons, pins, etc. Some may find this silly, but part of me enjoys supporting others that love the craft, as silly as that may be.