This is the guy (along with his wife, a good friend of my mom’s), that got me into driving jeep tours. I’ve developed a reputation within the company as the resident photographer. A few of our drivers are actors or would like to be, and I suppose headshots would be a good first step.
Some taken using the legendary Nikkor-PC 105mm f/2.5, and then I went a bit wider with the AI-Nikkor 85mm f/2. They’re not all technically perfect as I did often refocus and sometimes didn’t quite hit it, but I’m still pretty proud of how they turned out. Of course I used movie film to give these a certain cinematic look, and I have to say that Eastman Double-X is just stunning. I took less formal portraits using Tri-X and it’s fun to compare the different characteristics; honestly I think Double-X will have to be my go-to black & white film for portraits. Whether it’s the differing amount of silver in the emulsion, the fact that it’s remained virtually unchanged since Kodak introduced it in 1959, or just that it’s formulated for motion pictures instead of stills I’m not sure, but whatever it is this film just has that look and I love it.