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Self-Portraits at 2am

Self-Portraits at 2am

I had a bad case of the restless and can't sleeps last night. So I decided to give my Dektol+Film thoughts somewhere to go. I loaded a roll of Arista EDU 100 into the Lubitel 166U, added a Holga Close Up lens attached with some rubber bands, measured my focus zone and tried to get my arm trained to hold camera at that point, then metered for light. I used two of my softbox lights which are pretty intense and very focused so they make hard light on whatever they hit without diffusion. There was also a single lamp on in the room. My metering told me I needed 1/8th of a second at f/4.5, but as I moved it around, so it could meter the darker areas it went well into the 1-4 second shutter range for that aperture. I am pretty sure I was way more stops under then I thought, mentioned above. The 3200 was a guess. Thats at least 5 stops pushed, then maybe close to that in push for the development. I knew I wanted to push the film at least 4 stops to see what Dektol would do in that kind of situation. I ended up shooting at (somewhere around) 3200 metering for 100 film... and pushing the film about 3-4 stops. And I still got images which blew my mind. If I had left them in the soup for another few minutes who knows what I'd have gotten out of it. I pushed the Clarity on these up a bit so the grain tends to really pop, but I love how Dektol slams the film right in the face with it's hard core super dark blacks and contrast. Aside from the focus issues, these shots came out better then I hoped. My actual focus area was literally a space of 1-2" and I did all of these by hand, guessing I had them at the right location, set to f/4 (just beyond the last measured aperture on the 166U) and at 1/60th of a second shutter speed. I think I need to measure and mount the camera on a tripod for this and do it again with a little more usable light. Fun shoot, entertained me when I couldn't sleep. And I want more Dektol.

alienmeatsack Taken by alienmeatsack with a Lomo Lubitel 166U loaded with Arista EDU ultra 100 film in United States. These tags describe this photo: alienmeatsack, me, push, pushed, exposed, under, dark, lights, 2, lighting, harsh, minutes, 5, 1:4, dektol, kodak, contrast, self-portrait, and selfie. Date: 2013-10-12. Time: Night. This photo can also be found in the album The Self-Portrait Session @ 2am (10/12/2013).

11 comments

  1. andrus_n

    andrus_n

    Really great ones!

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  2. alienmeatsack

    alienmeatsack

    Thank you!

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  3. avola

    avola

    I love your self-portraits!!

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  4. gepo1303

    gepo1303

    Wow!

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  5. alienmeatsack

    alienmeatsack

    Thank you! I take them mostly to learn how light, films and developers work. But I also am the only human I have instant and willing access to, so that helps too.

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  6. why-yu

    why-yu

    great result and job!! )

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  7. raapstelenstamppot

    raapstelenstamppot

    Wow, this is such a great and powerful portrait. I love the focus, framing and your facial expression. And, of course, the monochrome, but I think I always love monochrome.

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  8. alienmeatsack

    alienmeatsack

    Thank you very much. I am told I look angry in all of my self-portraits, this roll was actually upset/angry and I was trying to get my mood into the photos. Taking pictures of yourself is a lot harder then it seems, all those cell phone selfies with a screen to help frame the subject make it so easy. I did think these came out well and captured my mood.

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  9. alexyz

    alexyz

    love this!

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  10. buckshot

    buckshot

    Very Ernest Hemingway...!!

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  11. alienmeatsack

    alienmeatsack

    Thanks all for the comments and likes!

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