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Recently I found myself gravitating towards experimenting on film, I used to think about how film is dead (because it kind of is). but I have somehow managed to go against all logic and decided to shoot on film, while I do my regular shoots on digital.

I tried to be scientific about the whole thing, using the same ISO on my digital camera as the film sensitivity (ISO 400), although I could not find a precise answer of whether or not exists a direct relation between the two I made an assumption there is.

First assumption: film ISO and digital ISO correlate to each other

Kodak Portra 400

Nikon D7000

(1/125s. @ f4.8)

(1/125s. @ f4.8)


Fortunately for the experiment, the film camera’s sensor did not work properly with the new batteries (higher voltage makes the sensor flicker on and off). so this forced me to use my digital camera’s settings into the film camera, also I specifically requested to not make any corrections on the development of the film, so I could compare both, BUT I think they corrected some images regardless.

Second assumption: no exposure corrections during development of film

Kodak Portra 400

(1/100s. @ f5)

Nikon D7000 ISO 400

(1/100s. @ f5)

It’s important to note that for this case there is a tremendous amount of data loss from the film samples, the reason is, that after developing, the print loses definition depending on the size, this ones where printed on standard 4 x 6, a very small size, after that, I had to scan those prints, and this accumulates another big batch of data loss, specifically color and exposure.

data loss can be minimized by scanning films directly, instead of printing

Ideally I would have preferred for them to scan directly from the film with their hardware, but their scanned was down for some reason, I went with the printing instead, I would not do that again.

Kodak Portra 400

Nikon D7000

(1/800s. @ f5.6)

(1/800s. @ f5.6)


Kodak Portra 400

Nikon D7000

(1/100s. @ f5)

(1/100s. @ f5)


Colors on film change a lot depending on your light situation, but I like to see it this way: if you under expose your film you ill bring out it’s hidden colors and if you over expose it you’ll get a different set of colors, almost like different “filters”. where these so called instagram filters get their inspiration from.

Colors on film change if you Underexpose or Overexpose, getting that unique “color profile”

Kodak Portra 400


Kodak Portra 400


Here is another chart i Found online that explains it better

Having a conversation with a couple of friends I jokingly said that shooting film is kind of cheating, because all you do is point and shoot, the rest is handled automatically by the film’s properties, all you worry about is exposure and composition, this ofcourse is a half truth, but it’s been resonating in my mind lately

Having said that I think at this moment, that even though it’s “easy” I wouldn’t implement it on a professional workflow, that is, I can’t rely on it entirely because, I’m not skilled enough to get a predictable look, some of the shoots are moody, which are very cool, but those seem to be happy accidents, good for fun, but not for business

cant wait to shoot black and white film, the ultimate cheat combo

Ivan Beoulve

Photographer, Illustrator, Adventurer, Rogue Scientist.


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Monica II on Film

Posted By on May 22, 2017



Monica II


This shoot was both a blessing and a nightmare, a nightmare because right at the end of the shoot, m SD card decided to DIE. and I lost all the files, RAW and JPG, right when I was about to back everything up.

I know how unreliable SD cards are, and that is why I backup instantly after a photoshoot, but this time the SD card was good in the camera, I removed it (while the camera was off) placed it on my laptop’s card reader, and it stop working.

I tried using a data recovery software (which I have used before and it has worked!) but it was no help.

fortunately I decided to take a few shots a new film camera I got ahold of, and was able to get at least these images, and to my surprise they turned out lovely!

these are the original films colors, i made a few corrections on grain at some images but that is it, quality is bad because I scanned 4×6 printed film on a really old scanner (hey I’m new to this)


Film: Kodak Portra 400













Ivan Beoulve

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Le Vide Constant

Le Vide Constant

Posted By on Mar 14, 2017

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“The Constant Void”


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TL;DR: AT&T agreement was sleazy AF adding fees and fees, costing almost double than advertised, I’m cancelling my agreement ASAP. BEWARE THE FINE PRINT!!!

Shit man, I’m writing this, because being an artists sometimes means to allocate your resources in a smart way, and this time I had to learn a lesson the hard way. I feel this is something everyone stumbles upon eventually, but I’ll share it for younger artists/persons reading.

I’m pissed, I just hanged from customer service and I have to say that the Rep was a very patient, and respectful human being, although I was calm during the whole call.

A few months ago I got myself a new iPhone SE, because it was ridiculously cheap, $10 a month, and my old iPhone 5 is almost dead, it heats like crazy, I’m afraid its going to explode soon. (nice rationalization)

things started to fall apart from there. I was currently paying a $60 a month on a prepaid service of AT&T that gave me 5Gb and free roaming in Mexico, and that’s CRUCIAL, because I go there quite a while.


ADVERTISED PRICE (this has been updated to at least show Device Access Charge)

So I figured, If I pay 60 already, I might as well get a $30 plan on the phone, and end up paying $40 a month for less data, I wouldn’t use data in mexico, and the few calls I do sure wont be $20 of roaming when I’m there, so I would be paying LESS, while still having a NEW iPhone!… oh boy was I naive.

After closing the deal, getting my phone and using it as usual, the first BILL showed up, totaling $90.

$90 !!

I checked on the Bill, it turns out they not only charge for the line of $30 but also charge a    fee for the iPhone itself which is $20 EXTRA..

But also an Activation Fee of EXTRA $20 because yes…

And ultimately a bunch of taxes and fees  (911 Service Fee, AZ State Telecom Surcharge, Administrative Fee, City Telecom Surcharge, County Telecom Surcharge, Federal Universal Service Charge) because government, totaling $10.



So that’s $30+$10+$20+$20+$10= $90


that’s far from the $40 the WEBSITE told me I would pay for in the first place.



BILL DUE from this month, 50$ EXTRA from hidden Fees

I say to myself, okay, next bill will be $70 that’s only $10 extra from the phone I just got, its a fair deal, I can live with that.


Next bill comes, and yet again, a $90 bill, this time an extra $20 for roaming, while I was in mexico, that is when I decide to call Customer Service about it, they explain to me that those $20 come from several INCOMING CALLS, calls I did not made, but where still charged because, at the time of answering I was in mexico…

At that point the try and advice a “passport plan” which seems to solve my roaming issues, but it costs 40$, so I say, okay I pay 30$ for my line, this means I will pay 40 instead? OH HELL NO MAN!
thats an EXTRA $40 package you can get, sort of a prepaid $40 roaming package, so you dont have to pay for the $20 we just charged you, how beautiful is that?

Just in case you DON’T want to be charged with roaming, we can charge you in advance. great.

So of course, I say, thank you but that does not solve my problem at all, (It’s fucking nonsense) so she offers me, a FREE of charge, Roaming Block, and honestly I fucked up, but the way she explained it to me, seemed like I was getting free roaming in my account (you know, for the trouble, AT&T is sorry to be this sleazy with your account, lets us make for it) NOOOPE!

It was just a general block of my line while I was at Mexico, meaning I couldn’t get any calls, therefore, I wouldn’t be charged for incoming calls. that was their solution… boy, I was pissed.

That’s where I’m at right now… I unblocked the roaming back, there’s an option somewhere in the website, but right now, I’m planning on going to AT&T and CANCEL my agreement, pay for the phone, have it unblocked and go on with another company or with prepaid.

I’ll let you know the result.

EDIT: I went in and cancelled my subscription, paid a full month of service that I didn’t use and paid for the phone’s remaining cost.

I’ve been seeing lately a lot of commercials from other companies that now advertise that the price they say you will pay IS the price you will pay, no shady stuff like this anymore, it’s not that it’s something to applaud, because that is what they should do always, but at least the word is out that these sort of things are major deal breakers.


Ivan Beoulve

Photographer, Illustrator, Adventurer, Rogue Scientist.

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I’m starting a new project soon, so I decided that I need a little help with expanding the type of framing I use in my photography.

soon I realized that there are a lot of shots I dont use, Mostly I do portraits, but there a lot of ways a portrait frame can be used, and here I will name those as I see them fit. that’s the way I learn, maybe you do too. categorizing.



whenever the subject fits completely in the shot without any negative space around it

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Mid Portrait

A portrait that has a crop right around the knees, or in the mid thighs

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Half Portrait

much like the mid portrait, this one centers around a crop on the belly and hip area, still without negative space.


halfportrait-4 halfportrait-5 halfportrait-6 halfportrait-7 halfportrait-8 halfportrait-9   halfportrait

Half Detail

I don’t include this into the portrait category, but it is, it just has a crop right on the face, and I tend to call crops as “details” for they are not necessarily crops.

half-detail-2 half-detail-3 half-detail

Beauty Shot

pretty standard definition of Beauty Shots, I include even the ones that are from behind.

beauty-shot-2 beauty-shot-3 beauty-shot-4 beauty-shot

Bottom Detail

I tend to forget how beautiful the body is when you look closely, thats why I’m adding Sectioned Details.


Fashion Blog

Now, this one is fun, just like portraits, but these shots are more creative in terms of negative space and framing.



Totally forgotten by me to be honest, these kind of shots are a bet, to me at least, the greatest struggle is to not show my own feet or my own shadow…

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perspective, I don’t do a lot. it seems odd, almost. I see a lot of this on boudoir and the porn industry, not that that’s bad, its just not my style I guess. but I’ll try it

perspective-2 perspective

Mid Landscape

you could say this one is a combination of Mid Portrait and Fashion Blog, but this one is obviously a landscape, which I don’t do a lot, because I seldom shoot outside, but I’m open to shoot like this a lot more.



That’s it, talk to you later


Ivan Beoulve

Photographer, Illustrator, Adventurer, Rogue Scientist.



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