Most of the time I shoot digital, but I still mix it up and shoot film whenever it makes sense. I particularly love the look of the Mamiya 645 with a 150mm lens on it. Almost a perfect combination. Throw some sweet Kodak Portra 400 in that bad boy and you…are…SET. Since film requires a slower approach, each time I return to digital I respect the many, many advantages digital has. My one wish in my digital workflow is a realistic film grain tool in Lightroom. Come on, Adobe, let’s get on that.

The images that kick of this series are shot pointing the camera right at a setting sun. The way the film renders sunsets is really special to me. It feels inviting and you can almost feel the warmth enveloping you.

For the trippy images taken in front of McLoone’s and Wonder Bar, I used a prism to bend the environment around Ashley. I didn’t like the lack of light in the background. The prism gives me the ability to frame her appropriately with lamp posts and other objects in the area.

In most cases I like to develop my own film and do so in my bathtub. After the negatives are dry, I scan them and do very light retouching to eliminate any dust or water spots.

If you are interested in purchasing a camera setup similar to this, I highly recommend KEH Camera. They have excellent customer service and real human beings work there if you have a question about anything.

Model: Ashley Nicole
Assistant: Lew Monty

Equipment: Mamiya 645 PRO, Mamiya 150mm f/3.5, Mamiya 55mm f/2.8, Kodak Portra 160 & 400