Light the candles on the birthday cake, turn off the lights…
and ditch your flash.
Let’s see. Megan is 12 now and there are five candles on her birthday cake — aha! I must have taken this photo 7 years ago. The smiling guy is my son-in-law, Meg’s dad Brian.
I like the way the sepia toning warmed this shot, especially the reflections in the wood table and the light on Brian’s face. I even managed a highlight in his eye. Available light is the only way to capture this mood and lighting.
I have a love/hate relationship with flash. When I shoot color slide film indoors, I have no choice, but bouncing the flash helps a lot. With B&W I don’t need flash because there’s no worry about strange color casts and the film I used here is two stops faster than typical color transparency film.
I shot this with one of my Nikon SLRs using Kodak BW400-2, an older C-41 process B&W film. The new version is BW400CN. This type of B&W film makes it easy to try B&W because any one hour lab (with a clean line) can do the processing.
Lately I’ve been shooting Tri-X at 1600 and those extra stops make a big difference especially when using a fast lens. The lady in the brown truck is bringing me a package from B&H later today with lots of goodies including a new 35mm f2.0 lens and a couple rolls of BW400CN. I can hardly wait to rip that box open and play with my new toys.
Stop by James’ Weekend Reflections to see what he has up his sleeve and to visit with other friends and their creative reflections.