Each and every film emulsion is unique, exhibiting characteristics that make them easily distinguishable. Kodak Portra is no exception. One of the characteristics that keeps Portra shooters coming back for more are the bright soft muted tones. Below is an image that displays just that. The image was captured mid day on my Yashica Mat 124G TLR at f8 & 1/250 of a second.
Recently I purchased a set of Canon EF Fotodiox Extension Tubes from Amazon. My primary goal for purchasing these was to scan my film negatives. Then winter came along with all it's trimmings. My need to create however doesn’t change when the weather does. Below is a simple shot I took with the new Extension Tubes and my 24-70mm F2.8 L series lens. For this image I used the 13mm & 21mm tubes because I still wanted to show some context with the film advance lever and frame counter in my frame. Up till this point I had never made purchasing a Macro lens a priority because I primarily shoot portraits. One of the great things about this kit is that it still allows for auto focusing because of the electrical contacts that allow the lens to communicate with the camera body. I am sure that the results you get from a stand alone macro lens are better but for someone like myself who just needs to take the odd ring shot during a wedding and experiment the rest of the time $79 bucks is a steal.
Keeping your creative juices flowing can sometimes be challenging, but very necessary. I believe that we were designed to create by a very creative God. In northern Alberta, we are often subject to long cold winters. For much of the season, I go to work in the dark and return in the dark which makes creating images challenging. One of the ways I try and stay inspired is by experimenting with different post processing techniques. Some time ago Google released the complete Nik creative collection for lightroom users free of charge. Within this collection is a whole host of tools you can use to stay creative or simply just have fun. Remember Photography is about expression... It's about YOUR expression.