Quentin Lënw’s Maximum Speed

Here’s some details by French photographer Quentin Lënw on a recent image he created. A believer in film photography, Lënw knows the necessity to get exposures right in-camera. Here are his thoughts on capturing the below image.

©Quentin Lënw

©Quentin Lënw

For this image, I used medium format camera Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with film, natural light, and the Sekonic L-398M. I modeled for the shot myself, and used a remote control to trigger the camera. I had to set up very well the process and light to capture the good move. I use only natural light and the Sekonic meter in my photography.

It’s very important to me to work with the natural light and capture good gray gradient. The background of this image is paint thrown on a white canvas.

After the shoot, I scanned the film and mixed media to have the final picture. I used black paint and Chinese ink to create the speed effect and texture. There is some digital work here, too.

The only obstacles I had were during the shoot itself. It’s difficult to be the photographer and model at the same time. Working with film you need to be very careful to use the same rolls. It could be very expensive if I had to remake the shoot. I prefer using film and getting everything as close as I can in-camera.

I used the Sekonic L-398M to create perfect settings for the camera. I like the way the meter is very easy to use, and very accurate.


The L-398M has been replaced by the Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III.

You can see more of Quentin Lënw’s work at his site and on Facebook.


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