We had another pitch-in recently at church, and I took my camera along again. I was thrilled when several members were very happy to see my Pentax ME hanging from my neck and asked if I’d be sure to photograph them at some point during the meal.
Morris was first in line, asking me to photograph him with his wife, Diana. I love the expression on Diana’s face, though I wish the lighting were a little more flattering on Morris.
Mitchell was eager to flash his muscle for the camera. All the teenagers were pretty animated for my lens.
These boys were eager to be photographed together, and sat very nicely for me. They asked to see the photo right away, which of course wasn’t possible with my old film camera. My explanation was met with puzzled looks, so I showed them that there was no screen on the back of the camera. I wish I could have photographed the surprised looks on their faces! They simply had no concept of a film camera.
The boy on the left sat with his mother for another photograph. Can you tell by his body language that he loves his mama?
I was shooting with a SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/2 lens. Even using moderately fast Kodak Tri-X 400 film, the available light let me shoot only at f/2 or f/2.8. That made depth of field pretty shallow, leaving little margin for focusing error. I’m pretty sure that the lens goes a little soft at f/2, too. Both may have contributed to this shot being a little less than crisp. I have an SMC Pentax 55mm f/1.7 lens; I might try it next time in hopes that its f/2 is crisper. I might also move up to ISO 800 film to give myself another stop of headroom.
This is Rob, our pastor. He’s been my friend and a mentor for years.
I had prints made of these and gave them to all the subjects. They were delighted. In an age when digital photos are so disposable, there’s still something a little special about a black-and-white print, even if it was just a quick print from the Walgreens photo center.
I’ve been shooting more black and white
film lately. See more b/w shots here.