Taken in 2008, I have given this picture some ’60s treatment using CS3 and Silver Efex Pro which simulates the characteristics of black and white film, and makes this sort of effect a breeze. My favourite film Kodak Tri-X, had a speed of 400 ASA (400 ISO in digital terms) but I used to rate it at 200 ASA (over exposing by 1 stop) to ensure clean highlights and help make a high contrast print in the darkroom.
Prints for glossy magazine reproduction were best printed a little ‘hard’ meaning contrasty, as they lost it slightly in reproduction. This style of printing gave a classic edge to ’60s black and white photography and it can still be seen today in books of that period.. This is as close to how I would have printed from a negative of this picture, usually on Kodak grade 3 paper, grain and all!
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
Exposure: 1/250 sec at f/16
Flash Mode: White Umbrella
Post Processing: Photoshop CS3 & Nik Software Silver Efex Pro
© 2008 John Hooton Photography