We’re Back!

It feels like forever since I’ve posted.

*Looks back at the date of last post.

I guess that’s because it more or less has been.


So, without further ado, I want to get into the point of this post: an awesome e-session with Cang and Vy in Boston proper.

Pentax 67 165mm f/2.8 Kodak Portra 400 and I souped it myself.

I really love working with couples who are comfortable, or at least become so as the shoot wears on, in front of the lens. As a photographer who does this regularly it’s really easy to fall into routine and habit when it comes to posing and arranging couples and it is a breath of fresh air when a couple is willing to take a little of the burden on themselves. I think that the couple’s personality and chemistry often come out far easier when they can relax and move naturally. If it weren’t for the shotgun blast decibel levels of the Pentax 67 shutter, I think that most of the time they forgot that I was even there. That’s kind of how I like it.

For those of you who’ve been following along, I’m off to law school this fall, so this season is more than likely my last season shooting professionally. I’m really looking forward to it, both because I have an awesome group of couples this year and because I’m pretty excited to be shooting exclusively for myself in New York City.

That’s right, I’m going to law school at NYU with the class of 2015. I was lucky enough to gain admission after beasting my third attempt at the LSAT. I was also selected as an AnBryce finalist, and though I wasn’t ultimately given that scholarship, I was made a very generous offer and my decision was basically made for me.

We wound our way around the Boston Common and Beacon Hill and shot a bit on Acorn. After we finished up in the Beacon Hill area we tried to shoot in a few other locations along the river, but the midday sun was really starting to degrade the lighting. And, to be perfectly honest, we had been at it for about three hours, and that’s hard on even the most patient of couples (not to mention the photographer).

For the photo nerds out there, the shoot was conducted with a combo of Nikon D700 for the digital, primarily with the Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 and the 50mm f/1.8 as well as the Nikon F100. The medium format film work was accomplished with my trusty Pentax 67, with either the 105mm f/2.4 or the 165mm f/2.8, and Kodak Portra 400. I’m really loving the Pentax the more I get out to work with it.

Unfortunately, my TTL prism took a tumble onto hard cement while we walked to a new location and now the meter indicator is unstuck. Interestingly, I can still meter with the prism, I just have to hope that the meter indicator is in a visible area of the viewfinder. I’ve decided that I’m not going to replace the prism, since it works, essentially, but rather than I’m going to spring for a new handheld meter. I decided to go this route as I have a number of meterless cameras, particularly the Mamiya C330 and Rolleicord Va, and I figure it’d make more sense to buy one far more accurate meter to use with all of my film and digital gear than to buy one camera specific component for more or less the same price.

All film was souped here in my apartment, painstakingly, just one roll at a time and then scanned. It took all of Saturday after the shoot and most of Sunday. I love it.

Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ve got a few more posts up my sleeve for the coming weeks, including a review of a couple of cameras, and a few plans for the future. Until then!


About ryanmlong

Long is a working professional writer and photographer since he graduated from Michigan State University. He cut his teeth at the Wrangell Sentinel and before long started his own photography business specializing in shooting sports. Today he specializes in wedding and portrait photography but still gets up to his old habit of heading out for a morning of nature and landscape shooting. Long also works as a freelance writer, primarily for Demand Media Studios.
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