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Nicole / Swing

Posted by
John-Paul (Madison, NJ, United States) on 27 August 2009 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

3.21.09

4x5 Kodak TMY-2 large format film

Cambo Apo-Symar 135/5.6 @ 5.6

one thing that stands out about this day was that it was fairly cold and nicole was a real sport for agreeing to pose nude outdoors, in march nonetheless.

technically, i shot 4x5 Kodak TMY-2 and developed it in Rodinal, diluted 1:50. what's the point of using a solvent developer with large format film? go for more acutance! i also shot this photo with the lens wide open at f/5.6. shooting wide open is risky, especially with 4x5, as there's not much depth of field when you're wide open and using a 135mm lens, but i got lucky and nailed the focus. i shot wide open for two reasons - one, so that i could use a yellow filter lighten and darken certain tones and two, so that i could use a faster shutter speed, just in case the wind started blowing the swing around, as i didn't want motion blur. but, i guess if the wind began blowing, it could've moved the swing and changed my focal point. i got lucky all around!

i also like how the swing looks as if it could be suspended, but also looks as if it could be resting on the ground. visual ambiguity.