Aodai shoot in Saigon.

To many of you- my apologies for not blogging for so long. I had been busy with work and getting my life in order. Many things should have done long ago, have now all been settled and with that, I am returning to my blog and hopefully clear out the articles and stories that have been piling up on the side since.

Though this absence was not accidental nor was it a lapse of memory- that there was even a blog to update; Instead I wanted to try out an advice from some photographers- To allow my photographs to “marinate” for a few months before coming back for a more objective and critical review without any of the bias of emotion at the time. I think it is a good idea, provided I had kept well detailed notes of my thoughts at the time, allowing me to recall what I had been trying to do then.

It has been at least 3 months since the negs had been scanned and stored away, it was time to open the first batch. Hopefully the wine has aged well and haven’t turned into vinegar-substitute instead.

What better way then to show the completed Aodai shoot I did in February, continuing where I left off in my previous visit between last October and November.  During that time, a model photo assignment was arranged for that weekend but the weather turned foul as mentioned as I was found the best location and the assignment was cut short with nothing to show for it except a handful of shots (I still paid the model in full for her time and effort).

This all started when I had this crazy idea, that from now on wherever onsite location I was sent and if time permitted, I would arranged for a model shoot on my own. But just as I had thought through the idea, conditions at my old job became miserable and humiliating that I resigned in November halfway through the Vietnam assignment. Now this meant the project had barely gotten off the ground before it came crashing down again. Still that didn’t mean I shouldn’t post the continuation of the Aodai model shoot I had planned for Vietnam. At least finish that part so when I left for Vietnam in February, another model shoot was arranged again to complete it.

It goes without saying that this entire shoot was taken with Kodak Portra 400 film. Only Kodak Portra 400 would be used for color while Ilford  HP5+ would be for black and white. The main reason for this was to ensure a uniform film selection for all of my photos, plus it’s a pain in the ass to develop different black and white films at different times. Though color is the exception where they are all developed at the same time and temperature.

The negatives were then scanned into my computer and imported into Lightroom. This film while has great latitude but it should definitely be shot  at EV+1 by default or at a lower ISO instead. As it has a tendency to be slightly underexposed. Though that can be compensated during scanning though it’s something I try to avoid.  Also if you are coming from shooting slide film, know this important rule, that C41 colors are a lot less saturated or “muted” when compared to slide. To increase saturation, you should lower the ISO or increase the amount of light which equates to the same thing.

I am pretty happy with the results, I do hope to do something like this again but for now there are other project details I must attend to for I have left them idle too long less they become dull and forgotten totally.

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5 thoughts on “Aodai shoot in Saigon.

  1. Those pictures are really beautiful and I can totally relate to forgetting to blog because you’re too caught up in life! I have to start posting more often again too! 😉

  2. Pingback: 2014: A year in review | dreaming Artemis

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