Riley – Mamiya 645

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My loyal hunting partner, Riley.

Mamiya 645, Kodak Ektar 100

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10 Comments on “Riley – Mamiya 645”

  1. Norman Dong says:

    Rick, That is a very nice picture. Also have a M 645, though I don’t use it much these days. They are fine cameras and the larger format gives such great detail and grain structure.
    Well done, Rick.

  2. Mike says:

    Fine shot of a great-looking little dog.

  3. Stephan Pot says:

    Lovely portrait. Love his (hers?) contemplating gaze and pose.

  4. Beautiful shot and a lovely moment captured, I think dogs produce such wonderful, authentic results as photography subjects. What do you think of the Ektar 100? I picked up a few rolls of it for the first time a while ago and I’m definitely a fan, haven’t used anything else since. I find it has a versatility in terms of colour for the scenes I tend to shoot that hasn’t yet been matched for me.

    • Rick Schuster says:

      I love Ektar, especially for outdoor photos. I often sense beautiful warm browns in images I shot on Ektar. I don’t know technically how the colors compare to other films, but there seems to be something slightly different that I see in my images on Ektar, and I usually like it. It’s super fine-grained, too.

      • I agree, most of my shots are outdoor and particularly in natural settings which I find the Ektar is perfect for; I had previously tried shooting in this setting with the Portra 400 (not really what its specialised for I know) and found that other than in a few shots, it tended to paint a general tone across the whole image. The Ektar on the other hand tends to give me such rich colours and beautiful tones. Agreed about the grain too-another nice difference from my experience with the Portra. I also have a blog for mainly film photography, although I have only been shooting for 6 or so months. I’d really appreciate if you could take a look (it would be good to hear some feed back from another film enthusiast!) What breed is Riley by the way?
        Annie

        • Rick Schuster says:

          Hi Annie,
          She’s an English Cocker Spaniel. Her grandparents are all from Wales.

          I do like Portra too — sometimes I love the colors it produces. A little more soft and muted, it seems. One of the nice things about Portra is it’s wide ‘latitude’ — it can be under- or over-exposed and still turn out nicely. That comes in handy when I’m shooting some old cameras that may not have accurate shutter speeds, or when I’m guessing at exposures without a light meter.

          I think the scanning also makes a big difference (and probably the developing, too) in how the images look. If you’ve ever unhappy with the look of your images, you might try having a roll developed and scanned by someone else and see if it makes any difference. Or have an already-developed roll re-scanned by someone else.

          I just took a look at your blog, and will look some more soon and leave you some comments. Nice work. You’re off to a great start. Keep it up! I love that a lot of people who have never shot film before are moving from digital to film. It has it’s own frustrations and rewards.


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