Our first quinceañera of the year took place in gorgeous Rancho Palos Verdes, California. A brisk drive from Downtown Los Angeles, we were welcomed with breezy cool weather, with light drizzle here and there. I was looking forward to using Kodak UltraMax 400 exclusively for this editorial, after using it throughout the summer for personal work; the results this film stock achieved are nothing less than breathtaking. I did notice a couple of inconsistent color shifts on a few rolls, maybe one of two photos that had a green/yellow shift. I suspect it was the way I shot the photo though, no fault of the film itself. Skin tones are superb on this film, rivaling Kodak Portra 400 and compared to Fuji400H, UltraMax does a far better job at retaining both highlight and shadow detail.
Before photography took my life over, I was obsessed with wanting to make horror movies. Back in 2003 my friends and I shot a three minute zombie short, using my Uncle’s Mini-DV camcorder, fake blood, some chains and a lot of passion. We filmed at sun down behind my house in the alley, in South Central, you know, to give it that urban creepy feel. Seemed like an amazing idea at the time, however, the movie sucked! We ended up liking the photos I took during filming and sorta kept to taking photos after that. As the years went by, I kept the idea of wanting to revisit the same short film, now using what I’ve learned over the years, I figured the movie would have a much better production. I ended up scraping the movie idea all together and opting for a photo editorial instead. Using what I’ve learned from the FERNANDA ULIBARRI editorial on black and white film, as well as what I’ve been piking up in Darkroom class, I went for a darker gloomier look than usual. And of course, what I've learned from using Kodak Portra 400 during JESUS & OCTAVIO's Wedding, I gotta tell ya, I'm obsessed with the Portra tones, very cinematic, I'm so glad I finally made the switch. Thank you Kodak! The Misfits - Scream provided the most inspiration for this editorial as well as most of the music I use to listen to in High School. _____________________________________ CONTRIBUTORS _____________________________________ - Models - Hair | Andy Hair Art Makeup | @sirena_nightshade Venue | Refuge _____________________________________
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