Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Color print portrait film
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998 22:31:15 -0700

You folks out there, and Gary, if you want the ultimate "people" print
film, us "Agfa Portrait 160". You can find it's particulars on the Agfa WWW
site. I was told about it years ago by a portrait/wedding/group
photographer. I photographed a friends wedding, and other people events
with it, and it is awesome.


At 07:20 PM 6/2/98 -0700, you wrote:
>> From: Bill Bain 
>> I have been drafted into doing my daughter's soccer team portraits . . .
>Hi Bill,
>Just last Saturday, It did an almost identical setup to the one you're
>describing - a shaded backyard outdoor portrait using an M6 on a tripod
>with 90mm Tele-Elmarit and Vivitar 285 with the BD-2 reflector card
>Using Kodak Gold 100 ASA, an incident meter reading with my old Gossen
>LunaSix showed 1/50 (M6 flash setting) between f/2.8 and 4, ideal to throw
>the green background (a hillside of ferns) pleasantly out of focus. I set
>the 285 flash on the yellow auto setting, which showed an f-stop of 1.4 on
>the flash dial (set at 100 ASA). That gave me a fill flash of about 2 1/2
>stops under my daylight exposure, regardless of the distance I shot at.
>The pictures turned out excellent. The reflector card gave a subtle
>catch-light in the eyes, somewhat larger and softer than the tell-tale
>pinpoint light reflection of the direct flash. (You can just shape a piece
>of white cardboard, too, and tape it to the flash). The amount of fill was
>perfect to light up a shaded hand or fold in clothing. It was a portrait of
>a woman and her dog - on a couple of shots we were all laying flat on the
>ground (the dog held still best that way!), which would have made for very
>dark shadows under her chin or under the dog's head. The fill flash setting
>turned out just right - slightly lit, but not obviously filled.