Zola Jesus – Portrait
30.09.2011, Flex, Waves festival, Vienna, Austria
Zola Jesus was performing her first gig in Vienna and I had the opportunity to meet her before she entered the stage for a quick portrait shooting. (Special thanks to Marco)
We met at around 6 pm in front of the Flex (the venue where she will perfom later). A camera team of the biggest television station here in Austria was already waiting for Nika and so I got 10 min for the shooting. I really like digital photography with studio flashes but on this day my gut feeling told me to try something else. I have known already in the beginning that I can not go too far from the venue to find a sweet location. So I decided to keep things simple. This means no flash equipment and fancy digital DSLRS. Instead I took my analog Hasselblad 503CX and fed my baby a Kodak Portra 160. ISO 160 was a good decision since I did the shooting at the late afternoon and with an aperture of f2,8 to f4 I got pretty decent shutter speeds of 1/125 to 1/160. Using a medium format camera also limits you to 12 pictures/film. In addition this camera has no lightmeter, no pop up flash, no live view. It has just a gorgeous design and it´s waist level finder is awesome. Ok, so no lightmeter. What are you going to to do if you do not know all the ISO-aperture-shutterspeed settings by heart? Either you buy a light meter or you use your iPhone! Yeah, there is an app called “luxmeter” which let´s you measure the light in reflective mode. I can imagine this was a funny picture as I first measured the light with my iphone and then took the photos with my analog camera. Also Nika commented “what should we do without our new technology?” It turned out, that the app worked perfect and I got the pictures with the right exposure.
We tried different locations and poses and I ended up with the picture above. In post production I added some textures and filters.
Camera: Hasselblad 503CX
Lens: Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8
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