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Kelbert McFarland + PV Takeover + Day 3

Stephen Wood

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 3: On the final day of my time with you, I wanted to share the importance of working with what you have. In many of the photography groups I'm in, there's always discussion of which camera/film combination to use or "I only shoot during golden hour" or "I only want to use the Fuji Frontier scanner instead of the Noritsu or vice versa." In time, you will find your place and you will find your own voice. But till then, each shoot is a journey. You begin at a place, and often times, the destination is unknown or at least the directions to that destination remain a mystery. I want to encourage you to enjoy the journey. Shoot the subject that's right in front of you, not caring so much about the technicalities. They will work themselves out with time. Try to keep the camera you have for some time, too, instead of purchasing the "camera of the month" that everyone talks about in all the groups. If you love color, stick with color. If you only use large format, then be content with that. In short, work with what you have and enjoy your place in this world as a photographer. I captured this couple with my first medium format camera, which I still have, a Mamiya RZ67 with Kodak Portra 400 film.

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@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 3: One thing I've learned during my time as a photographer, is that kids run the shoot and patience is necessary. I love photographing kids because they ask so much of you, but if you wait for it, they'll give you so much in return. In this image, you see a bride doing her best to gather her beautiful flower girls together for a picture. After a few minutes of struggling, the job became funny. One child was ready, but then the other one wasn’t. It dawned on me—that's the shot. The kids doing what they do while the bride finally gives up in laughter. I couldn't pose that shot if I tried. It's now one of my favorites. I hope you're willing to change plans from time-to-time and realize the shot is right there.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #mamiya645 #portra400 #tulsa #oklahoma #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 3: I want to thank my lab, PhotoVision, for trusting me to share a few of my images and thoughts with you guys! I'll be the first to say, I don't know where I'd be without this lab. They take all my over- and underexposed images and make something beautiful out of them. Give your lab a call or drop them an email and say thanks. They deserve it. This final shot is another one of those simply-crafted images. It features a couple who has become a constant source of inspiration for me. You'll find as a creative that some couples you work with constantly bring out the best in you. Make the time to photograph them often and in all types of environments. This was a lifestyle shoot captured at my home in Tulsa. Once again, I placed them in front of a window and documented the obvious love they have for each other. Simple as that. In a creative landscape that's filled with styled shoots, don't be afraid to strip it all away from time-to-time and keep it simple. Thanks for allowing me a bit of space in your busy world. I do hope you found inspiration and maybe a new idea or two.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #nikonfe #portra400 #tulsa #oklahoma #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

Kelbert McFarland + PV Takeover +Day 2

Stephen Wood

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 2: Let's just start off with black and white film. It's been around all these years for a reason. There's nothing like it. The absence of color calls for the presence of so much more. You should never be afraid of black and white film. This image is a great example of what can be captured when color isn't there to distract. The room we were in didn't offer very much in the way of beautiful colors, so I placed the ladies in front of a window to illuminate their faces and asked them to chat a bit. I knew the laughter would begin and yield a classic image that would stand the test of time. That's what black and white film does. It produces images that last forever. This was captured with my Nikon FE with Kodak Tri-X 400.

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@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 2: As she stood there, I wondered what was she thinking. She held her hand, her fingers, ever so gently, yet with a slight sense of urgency. Could it be nerves or was it anticipation? Was it the thought of walking down the aisle to meet the one she would soon be joined to? I imagine it was a number of things. This small detail shot speaks volumes. It's not the typical invitation suite we've all grown accustomed to. It's not a shot of the rings. Those are all good, but there's always more that speaks to the wedding day. Take a second to look for those details as well. I used my Mamiya RZ 67 loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 for this shot. By the way, as much as is humanly possible, use this beautiful film stock. The softness and grain of Delta 3200 is unmatched and is a welcomed contrast in a very sharp digital world.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #mamiyarz67 #delta3200 #photovisionprints #sp3000 #ilfordfilm @ilfordphoto

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 2: I love engagement shoots. I love the young, innocent, unconditional love that's palpable. I often encourage the groom-to-be to whisper something absurd and hilarious in the ear of the bride-to-be. When that happens, be ready! The emotion that follows usually yields the best shots of the day. That's what happened here. Anytime I can find a way to get the couple to a comfortable place where they forget I'm there, I know I'm about to capture an unrehearsed, genuine moment. Again, Tri-X 400 black and white film with my Nikon FE was my choice for this part of the day. I tend to shoot often with my 35mm because of the speed in which I'm able to shoot. As much as I love the sharp images of medium format cameras, there's something about that 35mm setup, it’s compact and allows more shots per roll, this helps keep me in a documentary mode. Maybe give it a try if you're not accustomed to it. You might find you like the freedom.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #nikonfe #trix400 #spainranch #jenks #oklahoma #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

kelbert McFarland + PV Takeover + Day 1

Stephen Wood

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 1: I do my best to give a bride and groom space on their wedding day. After the vows are given and the rings are exchanged, the following minutes tend to yield the most revealing and intimate moments of the day. That's when I always ask the couple to go on a walk, and I simply follow and document. I point them in the direction of the light and do my best to not give much instruction. A photographer has to learn to trust love, trust time and trust themselves as well. You'll be amazed at what you see and capture naturally as a result. Of course, no medium handles that beautiful golden light better than film and, in my opinion, PhotoVision is at the top of the list for processing and scanning film properly. More on that soon.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #mamiya645 #portra400 #skellylodge #catoosa #oklahoma #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 1: There's no special formula. It's not *this* certain camera coupled with *this* certain film stock that yields a great portrait. Actually, I'm not sure what makes or breaks a portrait. My gut (instincts) always tells me to allow the client to be honest with their expression and how they're feeling. I think that could be it. It's been said that honesty is the best policy. I believe it. It can be seen and detected quite easily. So can a fake one. Don't settle for the fake. Have good intentions when shooting and wait for the honest moment. It will come.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #nikonfe #portra400 #stuartpark #oklahoma #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo

@kelbertmcfarland Takeover Day 1: So about that brilliant backlight we all love so much—I can't get enough of it, either. You'll notice in the previous two posts, as well as in this one, each subject is backlit, yet the lighting scenario is different for each. You have the sun that's already past the horizon, then in the following image, the sun itself, so soft and golden, was captured intentionally to add to the portrait and finally, the brilliant rays of the sun being filtered by trees in this image. I always encourage photographers to always look for light. The best light is the light you have right before you. Find a way to capture it and allow it to add to the shot. Also, meter with intention and communicate with your lab as to how you saw the final outcome of your shot. Communication is vital to seeing your vision to completion. PhotoVision has always been available for any questions or comments. Don't hesitate to call them.

#pvtakeover #kelbertsvision #mamiya645 #portra400 #cannonbeach #oregon #photovisionprints #sp3000 #kodakfilm @kodakprofilm @kodak_photo