Today we’re really honored to feature a very special set of photograhpies by client Jason Curescu.
Jason shot in these in Kenya while collaborating with an non-profit organization called God Will Provide. This was actually his second time there. The first time there he helped start building an orphanage, this time around he and his cousin were actually called to document the opening of the orphanage and the lives of the people around the village.
While he was there he also had time to visit a Masai village.
We thought the images were really strong, the story behind them just makes them even better.
For all you film geeks out there he shot everything on a Contax G2 on Portra 160 and Fuji 400H.
Today we’re thrilled to feature one of our favorite clients.
Christian Strahl has been steadily sending film our way for the past 6 months.
It’s one of those cases where whenever we’d gather for our BEST OF group selections we’d be like “Christian Strahl? Is he a first time customer? This is good!”.
Ever since he’s been getting better and better with every order.
The feminine body is his main theme and he uses lots of cameras of all formats to achieve his timeless look.
To name a few he uses Pentax MX , Rolleiflex 2,8 , Plaubel Makina 67 , Nikon FM2 and Contax 645.
We love how he portrays feminine beauty always with a certain touch of enigma.
Hope you all enjoy it as much as we and have a great weekend.
Keep up the great work Christian!
So as promised here is the second part of our Jonathan Canlas post.
This time we wanted to feature something that Jon himself can’t stress enough for its importance: personal work.
Both in Berlin and Madrid he deeply emphasized the importance of shooting for yourself. It could be anything. It could be a long term project which has a clear direction or it could be just discovering a vacation spot you’re in through your lens or just finding out what it is you wanna shoot besides payed client work. The added benefits of this are invaluable. You can try to experiment with technical stuff you don’t wanna try out during a payed job, maybe a new camera, or just “exercise” your composition skills or perhaps the subject matter is of utmost interest to you, i.e. your loved ones!
So yeah, staying true to what he teaches Jonathan shot a bunch of personal work both in Berlin and Madrid which he then handed to us to develop and scan (read more about that on Part 1 post ).
Of course we’re pretty emotionally involved with these shots, taking into account that we were right next to him most of the time while he shot these and that we’re on many of the photos ^_^
Hope you enjoy these and again: “Jon, thank you SO much for everything”
PS: for the camera geeks out there the color shots were shot on a Pentax 645nii with a 105mm f2,4 Pentax 67 lens and Kodak Portra 160VC pushed one stop. The black and white was all shot on Fuji ACROS film on a Rolleiflex 2,8 F (sometimes using a Rolleinar close up filter for portraits). Needless to say developed and scanned by yours truly Carmencita Film Lab 😉
Last February we teamed up with film photography master Jonathan Canlas in what was officially his final FIND workshop after 8 years of spreading his film knowledge around the world. For this final round up the format was a little different than what he’s been doing. Since it was his last time doing FIND and last time in Europe we wanted to reach as many people as possible and therefore did two one-day condensed FIND workshops. Also we as a lab gave a lecture on what we do and assistance throughout both workshops.
For us this was a dream come true, since we’re all fans of Jonathan and we also got to finally meet a lot of customers that have been with us almost from the beginning.
The internet has changed the world, and actually our business model wouldn’t even exist without it, but meeting clients face to face after all those emails and Wetranfers was amazing.
Same goes for Jonathan. Admiring a photographer’s work (whether online or on paper) is one thing, but actually hearing him give advice to other shooters and watch him direct couples while he is shooting? That’s somethin’ else!
Needless to say besides the ton of theory Jon and us taught there was a lot of shooting those days regardless of the freezing temperatures (Berlin in February, great idea hahaha!). Day 1 had four couples to shoot (it was a huge group!) and Day 2 had two. Everyone had a chance to shoot one of the couples and when Jonathan did we all watched, asked, learned and basically drooled at his master skills at directing!
Jonathan shot a ton of film before, during and after both workshops and we took good care of it at the lab. We really appreciate that having his own lab ( theFINDlab ) he trusted us to develop and scan his work. In a sense it was an easy task since his look is so defined and we know it well since we’ve been following him like forever. Also the way he (perfectly) exposes and his film stock choices pretty much dictate his look, but still it was a challenge and that we took with pride and determination.
For this “Part I” post we tried our best to come up with a “small” selection of the couples he shot during the 2 workshops and we threw in a few shots of the attendees (sorry we couldn’t fit you all in!).
These were shot with Portra 160VC pushed one stop, Portra 400UC pushed 2 stops and Portra 160 pushed 2stops and … a Pentax 645nii with a 75mm f2,8 lens! Yep, you heard it right, not Contax 645 but Pentax 645nii. So yeah, add to the mix the fact that Jonathan was trying out a new camera for this whole thing, and that’s pretty epic. Wanna know Jon’s verdict on the Pentax 645nii? Well, let’s just say the images talk for themselves 😉
Thank you so much Jon and everyone who attended for such great times!
PS: Watch out for Part II coming soon 😉
Today we’re really proud to feature our Italian friend and client Federico Jannacchino.
This was his first time using our lab and it somehow marks a starting point for our client/lab relationship.
We didn’t really know back then that this was also a first for him in a couple other regards.
This was the first time he set up things to be done “the right way”, meaning it was his first try using a professional model and first time using a bunch of really renowned classic cameras with the best fresh films stocks out there.
In his own words “Well, the inspiration was: good old cameras, the feminine beauty, the light, good films. And then, at the end, the courage and the foolishness to blend it at all, without any kind of experience. A certain kind of elegance was the target.”
We see this all the time, and it’s really inspiring for us to see people taking the next step to make their photography what they dreamed it should be AND trusting us to help them achieve this.
We feel this set was really successful, more so considering it was a first at so many things! Congratulations Federico!
For the camera geeks out there, here’s a list of the cameras that Federico used:
Nikon F100 + 50mm F 1,4
Leica M6 + Summicron 50mm
Asashi Pentax 6×7 + Takumar SMC 105mm
We just couldn’t help but featuring this beautiful Winter engagement shoot by out client Noemi Jariod.
The lovely couple, the picnic vibe, the magical sunset at the mountain top, the Portra tones … it just has it all!
Hope you guys love this photos as much as we did and at the same time you can get a little glimpse at what Winter in rural Spain may look like these days.
Enhorabona per l’excel·lent treball Noemi!
We´re really excited to publish this blog post for a number of reasons.
– First and foremost this wedding is beautifully shot by client Daniela Reske. We love her composition skills and the way she handled the harsh Mediterranean light to her benefit.
We recently met Daniela at our recent Carmencita Meets Birgit Hart & Peaches and Mint workshop in Barcelona and had the chance to personally congratulate her on her recent improvements and great film results.
– Secondly the location: Cadaqués, Spain! Adoptive hometown of Salvador Dalí and a true Mediterranean Spanish gem. It was really inspiring to see how Daniela used “touristy” locations and turned them into iconic wedding shots.
– Last but not least: film is awesome. Yup, we love how film’s huge latitude handled the high contrast light situations without every losing any highlight detail… and those Portra colors … <3
So again, congratulations Dani! Can’t wait to see your next works ^_^
Our relationship with Wesley Nulens has gone well beyond client/lab formalities.
As some of you may know he is one of the leading film photographers in Europe.
His masterful use of Kodak Portra films along with his Contax 645 has become quite recognizable upon first sight. Like sometimes we see an image online and we’re like “that’s so Wes!” 😉
He’s been with us basically since day one, literally. Our manager met him at the (now legendary) FIND Ibiza Jonathan Canlas workshop, and the rest as they say “is history”.
We’ve developed and scanned dozens of weddings since we started working with him and we’ve seen him take his wedding methodology to perfection. And yes, we’re proud of you Wes!
We’ve been meaning to feature him for a long time, but as is sometimes the case with wedding photographers he’s had a really busy season and we never found the time during the Summer.
But finally here it is. A full wedding by our friend and client Wesley Nulens. Feating his magic use of Kodak Portra and Contax 645 during a beautiful couple’s wedding in Belgium this Summer.
Rock on Wes!
We’ve had a few great clients lately from Russia, and we’re really excited about it. Some of us at the lab are huge fans of classic Russian portraiture and they’re whole great camera tradition ( Zenit, Kiev, FED, you name it!). A couple weeks ago a package arrived from Russia with a bunch of medium format rolls from a photographer couple named Yaroslav & Jenny. Their comments on the order form were super enthusiastic.
They loved the work they’s seen come out of our lab and where really eager to see what we could do with their film. Turns out these guys are good. They travel all around Russia carrying their Contax 645 and iPhones (yeah, they’re huge on Instagram) and whenever they stop traveling they take awesome photographs on beautiful weddings.
So… how could we not show you guys what their rolls contained?