Portraits With Rolleiflex And Ringflash

Some more shots from the Rollei/Ringflash duo… Yes the last one is me 🙂

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, Nikon SB24 Speedlite, Falcon O-Flash Ring Adapter, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

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9 responses

  1. xxx

    If you have one of me YOU MAY NOT POST IT anywhere anyone else can see! … unless you photoshop it a bit first. PS I like the ones that are a bit different like the Frog one (the second one) and the Ben one (third last).

    07/10/2011 at 19:12

    • Done and Done 🙂 (I will put it on FB later on 🙂

      08/10/2011 at 14:08

  2. Amy

    John looks so happy!! I think my favourite is Froggy’s portrait though!

    07/10/2011 at 20:27

    • So when are you coming round to get yours done 🙂

      08/10/2011 at 14:09

    • John

      I’m always happy… well nearly always. 😉 Frog is my favourite too. And I have to disagree with Shannon – I like these the way they are. Going for a more flattering portrait would be far less interesting, I’m sure we’ve all got hundreds of those! I like the brutal straight-on way these were taken, distortion and all.

      08/10/2011 at 20:17

      • Brutal… Nice 🙂 Shannon is just a gear junkie…. This whole setup including Camera, Flash and Ring technically cost under $100

        09/10/2011 at 06:32

  3. Up close and personal portraits – Coolness!

    Three suggestions.

    1. Get yourself on a chair to get a slightly higher shooting position which should look a bit more flattering as it make the jawline more defined.

    2. While you’re at it, get the subjects to stand with their body angled slightly away and then head facing you – it will slim their body and neck.

    3. If you’ve got a gridded speedlight that you can optically trigger at either 10/2 o’clock to give some background separation.

    07/10/2011 at 21:46

    • And while Im at it I could shoot it with a P65+ digital back in a studio :)… I like the distortion and this is going to be mostly shot in the street so no chance for extra lights… Its like speed portraiture… In most of the images I darkened down the background so they all looked similar.

      08/10/2011 at 14:29

      • Hence why I suggested a speedlight not a profoto air 🙂

        Having a Orbis ringflash, I found to get the ringflash look you really need to be close, and the distortion look is just what happens. But assuming that these are shots of people you know, getting someone to hold the flash and point it at the back of their head (VAL) is pretty easy.

        Having said that, when I’ve used VAL’s they have a terrible habit of blocking the optical receiver with their hands, FYI.

        Another look I like, is getting them near a wall which then creates the faux halo.

        Reiterating my initial comment – “Up close and personal portraits – COOLNESS!”

        08/10/2011 at 17:57

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