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Portrait Photo Project

Canon One (remember I’m alternating between two EOS 5000’s) was loaded with Foma100, and the portrait project began.

The images were mostly taken at our market stall. Over the years we have made many friends at the stall, so the simple question “can I take a few pictures for my photo project?” was usually answered with the affirmative. All who declined no longer receive discounts when I’m serving!

Using my Minolta meter IV, I measured the market’s available light. It indicated f2.0 at 1/30th of a second. The plastic Canon showed a lens factor of f2.8, and the shutter speed seemed slow. So, exceptional care is taken to hold the camera as steady as possible. All of the market images were made using the 50mm STM.

Sonia was a lap dancer some years ago. She is a generous and kind lady with a cheeky attitude to life.

Claire has a food stall on the market. She runs Nottingham’s ‘mushy pea’ stall. Mushy peas are dried peas soaked in bicarbonate of soda and then boiled until super? Well, mushy!. They are served with mint sauce.


Darren is a brilliant artist. He makes carved animal pendants. I wish I’d taken a few images of his art.

Phil is a friend. He is a demon at picking winning racehorses. I am not joking or exaggerating.


Rob is my partner’s brother and the only portrait taken outside with reasonably decent light. Rob’s images were made using the 40mm STM.

The negatives are sharp, and the scans do not do justice to the potential of a wet print. Later in the series of articles, I will print a selection of images.

An initial conclusion is the camera and lenses are capable of producing excellent results. The next project will be bicycles. However, the next post will be about film processing. There are many inaccurate essays written about films and processing, so it is essential to learn the how’s and why’s of processing

Thanks for Reading This Article

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love the portraits Ian we do need to discuss at some point some photo’s for my website, lovely article.

    March 30, 2019
    • Thanks you Rick – Yes anytime you need some images give me a call.

      March 30, 2019
  2. Nice portrait Ian! Camara fit for my project…

    March 18, 2019

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