Contax G1 portraits

by Todd on June 16, 2012

I did a family session last night. Digital, of course, because I am far from having enough confidence yet to do such a thing with film. But I brought along the G1 and took a few snaps with it. I’m still having reasonably good luck with the G1 autofocus (there were three misfocused frames on this roll, and I’m blaming two of them on the camera), but it’s definitely a little bit “fiddly.” Hard to beat the Zeiss 45 f/2 Planar, though!

These were shot on Ilford HP5 400, at box speed. I developed them in Rodinal, with a speedier protocol than I usually use: 1:80, fifteen minutes. I agitated for a minute to start, and then for ten seconds at roughly the five and ten minute marks. It’s even more obvious than usual how much the increased agitation adds to the contrast on the negatives, and I’m wishing I had done my normal stand development with these. I love them, but I think a slower development, with less grain, would have a broader appeal.

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John Cornelius June 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

I think they are beautiful, grain and all. Of course, I really like HP5′s grain, and I also like film to look like film. But they’re great shots either way. Teenaged daughters smiling!

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Todd June 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

Thanks, John! I’m definitely with you on the film grain. I’m looking forward to finishing my next roll so I can do a different process with the HP5 to have a comparison.

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