Portraits – Olympus OM4, Tamron Adaptall 90mm f/2.5, Kodak RS200

A couple of posts ago I wrote that I was becoming increasingly interested in portraiture, specifically informal portraits in black and white. For this purpose I have a Tamron 90mm f/2.5,  which is regarded as a fine portrait lens, to fit my Olympus OMs  – Adaptall (though with its macro capability, it’s more than just a portrait lens).

Portrait in black and white of Mick in his garden

Mick in his garden on a summer day

Black and white family portrait of Janet, Theodot and Mick seated in their garden

Janet, Theodor and Mick in their garden on a summer day in 2013

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting friends – a barbecue in their garden. I had the Olympus OM4 with me, and the Tamron, but the camera was loaded with colour film – Kodak RS200 of unknown date but expired. No matter, mentally desaturating the scenes they looked OK in monochrome; I could do the same in Photoshop.

The pix have technical faults but I like them; I think they do portray the personalities of the individual characters who I know very well, and the personality of the family. That’s what I was after.