Branco Prata

We’ve been been working with Branco Prata almost since the beginning of the lab. If you don’t know them already they are the most in demand fine art wedding photographers in Portugal. It’s been a while now since we wanted to put toghether a feature for them, but the timing was never quite right, until today! The other day André posted this gorgeous Portuguese wedding on the Branco Prata Blog and we re-discovered it and totally agreed we had to show it to you guys. What can we say? Total command of hard light situations (yay for film’s huge latitude!) … gorgeous settings … tasteful framing and posing… André sure rocks the Contax 645 Fuji 400H combo! So yeah, really proud to count Branco Prata among our friend/clients. Thanks for trusting in Carmencita André! PS: happy Valentine´s Day to y’all! 😉

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Aristotle Liu – Pentax 67 – Pro 400H

Everybody at the lab loved this model shoot by Aristotle Liu so we really wanted to share it with all of you guys. Aristotle used the awesome Pentax 6×7 with the 104mm f2.4 lens and Fuji 400H film. Great work Aris!

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Mikel Citores – EOS 5 – Velvia 50 (cross process)

Today, and for something complete different, we’d like to feature our long time client and friend Mikel Citores. We love people that experiment with their photography, and Mikel really took it to the next level with this roll.

Velvia 50 is a classic slide film that is world-famous amongst photographers for delivering high contrast and great saturation. Historically it has been used for landscape photography, and rarely used for portraits since its high saturation tends to make subjects way too red-faced. Needless to say these characteristics appear when processed as slide film, that is using the E6 process. But what if we develop this slide film in regular C41 negative chemistry? That’s what we call cross-processing, and that’s what Mikel asked as to do with the Velvia 50 roll he sent us.

As you can tell cross-process adds a whole new dimension of colors, contrast and saturation. Most times results are quite unpredictable, but that just adds to the whole fun of it. A little over or underexposure can add a whole new layer of colors! So yeah, if you’re feeling experimental and have a roll of film that says “Process E6” that you never fond the time/courage to shoot go ahead and try it out, most likely it’ll be awesome

PS: and no, Instagram didn’t invent cross-processing. Now you know where it originally came from.

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Maitha and Andreas – Nikon F100 – Pro 400H

Maitha and Andreas were one of our first clients, they trusted us with their film and we loved working with them. delightful and that’s why we think they deserve a spot in our blog. Check the rest at: Matias