Sarah Ann II

Untitled Nude, 2011

A couple of months ago (see here), I made my first posting of the film photos I made with Sarah Ann in February of this year. Sarah was great to work with, but unfortunately, the battery in my Pentax 67 camera died and I didn’t have a working replacement with me. That forced me to use my backup camera, the fully mechanical Fuji GW670, which has its limitations as a fixed lens rangefinder but is still a very good camera.
Here’s my second posting of film from that session – a portrait made with natural window light, which is one of my favorite types of lighting. I felt when I was making this photo that I had something good here. Sarah has a very interesting face, and the combination of the pose and the lighting reminds me of some Renaissance or classic Old Master portrait paintings that I’ve seen.
I’m hoping to work with Sarah Ann again sometime with a properly working battery for the Pentax, but I don’t know when that will be. For now, stay tuned for more photos from this session.

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I wrote a couple of weeks ago that I had printed photos for the first time in a year. I was determined that my next printing session not be a year hence, so I fulfilled that goal by printing again yesterday. All of the negatives were from my trip to Italy in 2009: two from Venice and one from Rome. While I was able to make prints from four negatives last time, yesterday I was only able to make prints from three, and the time taken was several hours longer.
Two weeks ago, the prints I made didn’t really require any dodging or burning and I didn’t have to make a lot of test prints to get the right one. Yesterday I did. That’s the way it goes sometimes – or should I say, most of the time – as it’s not often that one gets to make a bunch of prints that don’t require a lot of time consuming work on them. The main thing is to get it done properly, however long it may take.
Besides skill and vision, patience is also a virtue when it comes to photography.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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