Mamiy645af | 80mm F/2.8 lens | Kodak Portra 800 | Scanned by PhotoVision
I recently attended the gorgeous Forage + Fern workshop hosted by Magnolia Rouge. This lifestyle session is dripping in Pacific Northwest beauty – it was really fun to be able to celebrate the natural part of the world I love so much.
When attending a workshop, with such amazing photoshoots prepared for us – it’s tempting to click away and become obsessed with trying to get the shots you want for your portfolio. This time around, I wanted to focus on learning and perfecting my use of the Kodak Portra 800 film stock. The pacific northwest has deep shadows, yellowy greens and it can sometimes be tricky to find the right film stock to achieve the pastel tones I love…paired with a contrasty pop that I crave. Portra 800 has really solved my issue, along with metering a very specific way, every time. I know everybody loves the other two stocks (Kodak 400 and Fuji 400H) — and I do use them still — but I don’t enjoy pushing film (makes me nervous) and Portra 800 just gives me the wow factor I want every time. So if it ain’t broke…(boy does it hurt the bank though). I’m excited to say that most of these images needed zero editing or adjustments, thanks to the system I’m developing with my amazing lab, PhotoVision.
I didn’t come away with a gazillion images, but the ones that I took I made count. I did not give myself any permission to hit the shutter unless I was fully satisfied (which makes going through images later so much more satisfying). This also allowed me to ask more questions, observe our teachers and fellow attendees in action, as well as exercise a sense of restraint that I believe is helping me become the kind of photographer I want to be. I have a long journey ahead of me, but I feel I’m finally finding the direction I want to go.
I met many amazing people and received the encouragement I so needed. It has been a difficult year personally for me…and that tends to trickle into your professional life if you are a creative. It was a wonderful feeling to explore Galiano, have some travel time alone and enjoy the lavish but cozy Bodega Ridge resort. It was a trip I won’t soon forget.
All images taken at the Forage + Fern Workshop in Galiano Island, British Columbia.