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The pastelish palette (IMG0019)

One of the best ways to get these pastel colours is by overexposing 400H or 400NC by a stop while exposing for the shadows (well, it still depends on lighting conditions though, backlit, shaded, harsh etc). One of the reasons for choosing a 400 ISO film was to enable hand held shooting when you rate it at 200 ISO.


These pro graded negative films from Kodak and Fuji have very high latitude, thus over exposing a couple of stops should normally not blow highlights too much, plus you also get shadow details and very subtle contrast and muted colours. Great if you're doing wedding or child portraits. The portrait above was shot using 100% natural light with a reflector held at 3.00 o'clock by Sarolazmi to lessen the latitude of the shadow/highlight on her face. Post production was very minimal i.e. only used Noise Ninja to remove scanner noise and Photoshop to reduce it to a web friendly sized photo.


Thanks to Sarolazmi and Nasey for inviting and Leeya for modelling.



Gears: Leica R6, Summicron-R 35/2.0, Fuji PRO 400H

Location: Terengganu Equestrian Resort, Chendering, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia

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Taken on June 18, 2009