Poland 2016 – Mamiya 6, Leica M 240..

Poland 2016 – Mamiya 6, Leica M 240..

Matthew Osborne Photography / @MrLeicaCom

April 2016

Mamiya 6 Fashion

I’m just writing this on my flight home from my first model photography trip to Poland of  2016.  After a mixed success trip in December visiting Gdansk I returned to my favourite hotel in Sopot, Hotel Bursztyn, located just off the beautiful Sopot Beach.  I feel very lucky that I was able to fill almost every minute of every day with models and despite a mixed forecast we were overall really fortunate with the weather even if it was a little chilly!

I worked with Polish agency models from Malva Models agency and Future Models Management and also with a few friends and friends of models. Despite a lot of cancellations (which sadly now seems to be the norm whatever country I am working in) from planned models the girls that did visit really made the trip a success. A big thanks in no order to Karo, Ana, Sylwia, Teresa, Irmina, Natalia, Julia and  Maja, to MUA Marta and also Monika at Hotel Bursztyn for a comfortable stay.

What was the plan for this trip?

For every model photography trip to Sopot so far I have used available light only. Being a big fan of using strobes in the UK I decided to pack smaller lighter cameras and take one flash as well. My must take camera was the digital Leica M 240 as I wanted to take some colour digital photos.  If I was to shoot all B&W photos then the Leica M8 is also fantastic but for colour the Leica M 240 is just easier.  My next must have was a medium format film camera and then anything else I could fit in was just a bonus.  The Hasselblad 501C was too big to take this time and a few of my other smaller medium format cameras had problems so I bought a Mamiya 6 camera to take. (See previous post, link below). I like to have the option to shoot both colour film and black and white film so wanted at least one other camera. I chose the 35mm Leica M6 as it can share Leica M mount lenses with the Leica M 240. I then had a little bit of bag capacity remaining so I squeezed in the 1960s Olympus Pen-F SLR camera.

Full kit list:

  • Leica M 240 rangefinder camera (digital)
  • Leica M6 rangefinder camera (35mm film)
  • Olympus Pen-F  SLR camera (35mm film – half frame) + 35mm f1.8 lens
  • Mamiya 6 rangefinder camera (medium format film) + 75mm f3.5 lens
  • Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5 lens
  • Voigtlander Color Skopar 35mm f2.5 lens

Film:

  • 120 Fomapan 100
  • 120 Kodak Portra 160
  • 120 Kodak Ektar 100
  • 120 Fuji Acros 100
  • 35mm Ilford Pan F 50
  • 35mm Cinestill 50D
  • 35mm Kodak Portra 160
  • 35mm Kodak Ektar 100
  • 35mm Fujicolor C200

I packed all the 120 Fomapan 100 film I had in the fridge (8 rolls) and then some Fuji Acros on top. Foma is currently my go to film for  120 black and white.  (If money was no object I think Ilford Delta 100 and Pan F 50 are hard to beat but Pan F is very high contrast and sometimes the low contrast Foma film is nice.  For 35mm film I currently prefer the sharpness of Delta 100 and Pan F.    I packed mostly B&W film, maybe 3:1 vs colour film. I wanted some colour for if we got blue skies and / or the models brought colourful clothes.  I wanted to also see if the Olympus Pen F half frame camera gave acceptable results using 35mm colour film. I often find 35mm colour film too grainy for my taste.   I thought the best hope I had for fine grain colour film in the Pen-F was Cinestill 50D but I was also interested to see the results using Kodak Porta 160 and Fujicolor C200 film.  I didn’t get chance to use the Kodak Ektar 100 film I took but I will try this on my next trip as the grain should be finer than Portra 160 and C200 film.

Cameras

I found the Mamiya 6 was my go to film camera in Poland.  I guess partly as it was my new toy and partly as I wanted to see what results I could get from it.  The compact Mamiya 6 was certainly easier to carry around than the Hasselblad 501C (with prism and monopod attached!).  Both cameras are 6×6 format so I’m really excited to see how the results compare. I normally enjoy how close I can focus the Hasselblad but surprisingly I didn’t mind being at 1m distance with the Mamiya 6.  Hopefully the photos will be more interesting as a result. (I will write a full Hasselblad vs Mamiya 6 thoughts post after I see the resulting images from this trip).

The Leica M6 camera was used the least of the film cameras and I enjoyed using the little Olympus Pen-F.  If the Pen F photos are acceptable I think it will always live in my travel bag.  The Leica M6 is a great camera and nice to use but it always seemed to have the wrong film loaded when I came to use it.  The plan was try to keep 35mm colour film in one camera and 35mm black and white in the other.  The problem was 72 exposures in the Pen-F can take time to use! I shot nearly all the 120 film I took and less than half of the 35mm but I will probably have more 35mm images overall as the Mamiya 6 only gets 12 exposures per roll.

Models

Each model brings their own style to a shoot which helps to keep it interesting. Some of the girls were internationally published models bringing a wealth of experience from working in Asia and Europe.  It was really interesting spending time with them and it made me rethink how I approach some of my fashion photography images. Once I am able to share some of the images we created together I am excited to see if there is an noticeable difference in style.  The working models seemed really happy with what we had produced and so was I.  Agency models use the best images for their book and online model portfolios and I should probably update my website photos at some stage.  In addition to working with the experienced models, I found it equally rewarding to creating images for girls with little experience in front of a camera.  As such a variety of photos to follow!

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Matthew Osborne Photography – Model Photographer
This is a new feature to share some of my favourite model photography/ fashion and beauty images from a selection of the best models I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years, both here in the UK and overseas.  Photos have been captured with various camera equipment and you can see the details by clicking on the images.
Model – Galyna
Location – Uzhgorod, Ukraine

I met Galyna when working out in Ukraine in 2011.  She was a friend of a girl I met in the office and the two of them came to my hotel for some photos.  Galyna doesn’t model in Ukraine and works at the University.  That said, she enjoys having her photo taken so every time I was in town we would hook up for photos.  Over the time of knowing her I shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon D800 and on my last trip a Leica M9.  I think my favourite images were those taken with the Nikon D800 and the amazing Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens.  Some of the photos were made with the Lensbaby Edge 80 tilt lens.  I’m sure you can spot them!

I hope to meet up with Galyna again soon and visit Ukraine next year.  I love Ukraine.  It reminds me of the UK in the 1980s bringing back memories from my childhood.  I love the old cars and the famous Lada!  My first car was a Lada Niva Cossack 4×4 which I had for 6 years.  Amazing car full of character!  I would have one again tomorrow if I could afford a ‘Sunday’ car!  I like the old buildings in Ukraine and the general less developed feel to parts of the country.  It make for an amazing backdrop for photos.  A high percentage of Ukrainian girls could probably model here in the UK as they have the tall slim genes like Galyna.  That and the fact that Ukrainian women dress to impress, whether for work or a night out.  The clothes some girls wore in the office looked similar to what we would see in a nightclub in the UK!  Quite a distraction!  I was amazed there were not more car crashes!!

Here are a few photos from my trips, 2011-2013.

2012 REPOST: Nikon D800 + Samyang 85mm f1.4 Fashion
Galyna with Edge 80
Galyna with Edge 80
Lensbaby Edge 80
Window Light
Galyna SOOC
Leica M9 & VC Nokton 40/1.4
Galyna, Ukraine
Galyna, Uzhgord. Ukraine
Galyna, Ukraine, 1/10 handheld
High Key Portrait
Leica M9 + VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 Portrait
Natural Beauty - Galyna
Galyna SOOC, ISO 2500

I hope you liked them!

Look out for my “MOTW” blog posts for more model photography photos going forward!
Thanks
Matt

Featured: MOTW – Zuza

Featured Model of the Week (“MOTW”) : Zuza

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Model Photographer
This is a new feature to share some of my favourite model photography/ fashion and beauty images from a selection of the best models I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years, both here in the UK and overseas.  Photos have been captured with various camera equipment and you can see the details by clicking on the images.
Model – Zuzanna (“Zuza”)
Location – Gdansk, Poland

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Here are some sample images from our shoot. I was taking photos as B&W JPEGs + DNG (colour):

Leica M9 Fashion
Vintage Leica M9
Facebook Cover Photo
Leica Noctilux
Leica M9 Poland
Leica M9 + Noctilux f1
Natural Beauty
Leica Fashion Location Shoot
Leica M9 + Noctilux
Noctilux Portrait
#Fashion

I hope you liked them?
Look out for my “MOTW” blog posts for more model photography photos going forward!
Thanks
Matt

Featured: MOTW – Gina

Featured Model of the Week (“MOTW”) : Gina

MatthewOsbornePhotography – Model Photographer
This is a new feature to share some of my favourite model photography/ fashion and beauty images from a selection of the best models I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years, both here in the UK and overseas.  Photos have been captured with various camera equipment and you can see the details by clicking on the images.
Model – Gina
Location – Coventry UK
Gina lives locally to me so we have shot together on many occasions and with lots of different cameras / lenses.  See if you can spot the Leica images (and if you are really smart what lens I used!), the Nikon images and those shot on film rather than digital!  Enjoy!
Recent photos taking during a 1-2-1 portrait photography workshop last weekend

Modern Classic
Classic Portraiture
Leica Summicron 75 - Studio Portrait
Polaroid by www.MrLeica.com

Older photos (mixed)

Love This :) Gina
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Gina with Contax 645
Gina in the Snow
Gina
Leica M8 Studio Portrait
Zeiss Planar
Model Photography
Lencarta Elite Pro 300
D800 Fashion Photography
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH ii
M8 Fashion
Samyang 24mm f1.4
Lumix G3 Fashion
Leica M9 Portrait
Leica M9 & Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 ii
Gina with Contax 645
Nikon D800 Fashion

And finally a few photos in colour..

Leica M9 Fashion
Leica Fashion Photography

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Leica Noctilux Fashion

I hope you liked them?
Look out for my “MOTW” blog posts for more model photography photos going forward!
Thanks
Matt