Monday, July 18, 2011

A Mighty Portrait

The nickname of the little girl grimacing is "Mighty" [talk about unusual].  Heunefeld is her last name. The two boys are her brothers.  This photo was taken OVER 20 YEARS AGO at the garage of Mighty's grandmom,  a certain Mrs. Marilou Gordon [she was a well liked Barangay Captain of Magallanes Village, in Makati, for so, so many years -- she's retired now].  The Heunefeld family, though, resides in Spain, and Mighty's probably a beautiful Spanish  Senorita by now.

Yes, I do love Sports Photojournalism, and creating great sports images is fun for me [not that it's easy] but - Suffice it to say, my decades of doing available Light Portraiture have been and will be always be my "Photographic Roots", in a manner of speaking.  In those days, we had to work within the limits of the number of rolls of 35mm film we had [36 frames was the max per roll] and not knowing how our images would come out until after the film was processed [the fastest ever was an hour -- that is, if one could find a photo shop with that kind of service].   So if one were to photo document a weekend trek up a mountain, one would have to wait till  at least half a day or so  AFTER going back to the city [probably on a Monday] to find out if  one's photos turned out OK or not. [No room for error, absolutely no on-the-spot tweeks like with today's digital SLRs]  Ibang Klase talaga noon.  That kind of "training" -->
priceless - Ain't nothin' like old school [REAL] photography. 

Yeah, Manual Focus  !!! Managing one's ISO, Speed & Aperture Combinations
on-the-spot, NO Auto/Program modes -- I still love it,  still do it.   High Tech is cool but if one can mange Low Tech too, that's the coolest.

BTW, the photo above was taken with 35mm Fuji color negative film.
An [8 x10] print from the negative was scanned in an Acer flatbed scanner resulting in the JPEG shown above.

This photo came out in an issue of Lifestyle Asia, on an article about me and my portraits [written by Karen Galarpe] years ago. [There were 2 other available light portraits in that article which I might release in this blog son, that is, if I can find that damn issue]

brosi gonzales

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