Grandmother

Grandmother

by GIULIO57

Date: 1984. Camera: Pentax ME Super. Lens: Pentax Zoom 40-80mm. Yellow filter mounted on front-lens. F 5,6. Shutter Speed: 1/250. Manual Exposure measured on face.
Natural light in open space. Dark background was due to a deep room whose walls were black and sooty. (It was and it still is a wood-burning oven for cooking). In dark-room I used my hands (under the light of enlarger) to make a darker background so to better separate face from black-back wall.
ILFORD Film HP5 (400ASA) processed in Kodak TMAX developer .
Print on paper ILFORD Multigrade IV RC De Luxe Pearl.
I scanned the original print using an Epson Perfection 3200 plane scanner.
It useless to say that I still use and prefer (I’m not alone) analogic BW…even if it’s difficult to find films, papers, developers on the market. By the way: in Italy these are very expensive tools. I hope that bosses of Ilford, Kodak…will read these words!! It’s not useful to anyone to Kill traditional photography and transform it into an Art for Nabobs only!
Uploaded19/10/2010 - 14:27
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szgabor
Posted 19/10/2010 - 14:55 Link
It's a perfect portrait, Giulio. I especially like the back-lit on her hair and shoulders.
Regards,
Gábor
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bwlchmawr
Posted 19/10/2010 - 19:50 Link
Great portrait, Giulio. What a treasure to have and how lovely to let us see it after all these years. Skills practised in the darkroom are very special. It's where we all started (all of us who are of a certain age, of course) I hope for your sake that analogue film never dies although I fear it is bound to become more and more costly.
Best wishes,

Andrew

"These places mean something and it's the job of a photographer to figure-out what the hell it is."
Robert Adams
"The camera doesn't make a bit of difference.  All of them can record what you are seeing.  But, you have to SEE."
Ernst Hass
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puma
Posted 19/10/2010 - 22:31 Link
Oh wow Great portrait,you should do this in full Colour lol no only joking this is great well done!
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nonur
Posted 19/10/2010 - 22:44 Link
That's an excellent B&W portrait. Great achievement! After seeing this, I think I'm going to post one as well, although it's not as good as this.
Regards,
Nezih
GIULIO57
Posted 20/10/2010 - 10:44 Link
Thank you ALL. Mr. Andrew you're right. By the way I'm 53 yo!!! Giulio 57
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timbo
Posted 21/10/2010 - 20:06 Link
Very powerful portrait.
GIULIO57
Posted 24/10/2010 - 12:45 Link
timbo wrote:
Very powerful portrait.

Many thanks Mr.Timbo.
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