Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Galbraiths

Gary Galbraith is pastor of a quaint little church of 5,000 in rural Menifee, California. Not only is he a all around nice guy but he is also a great pastor! He has the heart and personality of man in love with God. Doing the Galbraith's family photos was a blast! Lindsay and Sidney are hilarious and Lisa is a perfect mom. They are all easy going and Gary is totally relaxed in front of the camera (He has to be!). We moved around Temecula, starting at the mall and ending in Old Town just before noon. Most of these were taken for use on the Church web site revival.tv. Check it out! I'm sure it will leave a mark. ;)
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4 comments:

KameraKevin said...

I really like the colors! Would you mind sharing your choice of film you used for these pictures?

Brandon said...

@KameraKevin
These were all shot with my Mamiya C330 w/ either the 80mm or 55mmm.

Film used was all fuji color. 400H, Reala & 64T/x-pro.
The ones with the rough red brick are x-pro unedited.
The natural color was straight out of the camera. The black and white were done with Exposure in Photoshop.
The rest with the yellow highlights were just messing around with curves in Photoshop.

We usually don't do too much in photoshop but I did a little on some of these to give the church some options with alternate color pallets.

Thanks!

KameraKevin said...

Thanks for sharing! I think the blue sky and red brick colors look really eye pleasing. I've been playing with film lately and have been using Costco as an ultra low cost alternative to developing and scanning 35mm film, but I wouldn't mind doing it somewhere else for medium format films if the cost isn't too prohibitively high. What service(s) do you recommend to develop and to scan medium format films?

Brandon said...

First, you don't want to use Costco! That would be like processing your digital RAW files on all auto settings without touching anything and saving them out as JPG medium compression. Not a good idea. Plus their chemistry is probably not controlled very well which could ruin your film!

Try North Coast Photographic Services in Carlsbad, California:
http://www.northcoastphoto.com/

Their budget scans are 2048x3072 pixels @ $5.49 / roll and processing is about $5. Really good quality! They use a Noritsu film scanner. I prefer the look of the Fuji film scanners but the Noritsu does a great job! They have awesome customer service and take specific scanning instruction. Send them a roll and see how it turns out and then next time you can ask for more/less contrast, saturation, warm/cool or whatever your pleasure.

Also, with film it's great to overexpose a little. Expose for the shadows. With a hand held meter fallen and point it down. I like overexposing 1/2 to 2 stops.