Katy Maclachlan: My Mom’s Canon AE-1 and Kodak Portra 400

All images by Katy Maclachlan. Used with permission.

In our continued features of analog photographers, we now get brought to photographer Katy Maclachlan. Her submission is one of the many that I genuinely feel is more than well suited to be featured on our website, but still not quite there for our upcoming analog zine. More importantly though, Katy’s work has soul. It has personality; and overall it’s still pretty darn beautiful.

Besides, she’s also got a pretty heartwarming story to go with it.

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An Introduction to Understanding Portrait Photography in Medium Format

If you’re a photographer who has thought about getting into the medium format world, then congratulations: you’re ready to step up into the next level of creating better portraits. You see, medium format photography often forces photographers to think in a different way simply because the format is so much larger than traditional digital and film photography formats. Artistically speaking things can change. But more importantly, things change technically.

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Rainer Wengel’s Photos of the Aurora Borealis on Film Will Captivate You

All images by Rainer Wengel. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

Of course, one of the best things for landscape photographers to capture is the Aurora Borealis–but capturing it on film the way Rainer Wengel did is a whole nother different level of magic. While this seems really simple to a lot of photographers, take into consideration that Rainer didn’t do this on 35mm film. Instead, it’s on 6×9 and 6×17 medium format as well as in a 6×17 format using a large format camera. What this requires is a proper tripod, exposure settings, processing, etc.

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Sample Image Gallery: Leica 28mm f5.6 (Leica M Mount)

Perhaps one of the more exciting lenses to come from Leica in years isn’t a fast 50, but instead the Leica 28mm f5.6. Now, why is such a slow lens so fascinating? Well for starters, it all has to do with street photography and documentary photography. The Leica 28mm f5.6 is very small and slim. That low profile body lends itself to not giving the camera that it is mated to a “look at me” demeanor. In addition to that, it renders a very classic look. Want some controlled lens flare? You’ve got it. What about a low contrast and not super saturated look? That’s all right here. Additionally, most street photographers are just going to stop the lens down any way. So when you consider the unique look and the fact that you’re not going for beautiful bokeh here, you start to understand why it’s so appealing.

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Babette de Jong: A Talent for Fantastic Analog Film Landscape Photography

All images by Babette de Jong. Used with permission.

When Babette de Jong sent us an email to submit to the analog zine, I carefully went through her submission as I have with everyone who entered to be featured. Babette’s strength is in landscape photography. She loves film photography and strives to get it all as perfectly right in camera as she possibly can.

But more importantly, she’s just a good photographer. And her submission is after the jump.

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Photographer Rory Power’s Painterly Analog Film and Digital Photography

All images by Rory Power. Used with permission.

Photographer Rory Power describes himself as a filmmaker, who recently graduated and is slowly getting professional work here and there. “I specialised in cinematography and that is what I’d like to be doing in the future,” he says in an email to the Phoblographer. “I was the Billy Williams Scholar in 15/16 (if you didn’t know, he won an Academy Award for cinematography for Gandhi), and he said I had a good eye. I’d like to think that’s true, for the sake of my career and self esteem!” Indeed, Rory’s photography draws influence from his love of the moving image.

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Matt MacCourt’s Love of Kodak Portra, Ektar and Film

All images by Matt MacCourt. Used with permission.

In continuing my running through of various entries into The Phoblographer’s analog zine, I’ve found a lot of amazing photographers who have pretty awesome work, but not quite zine quality. One of those photographers is Matt MacCourt–who has loved shooting portraits with color film for a while now.

Here are his words.

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