Professional MMA fighters Celina Haga and Roxanne Modafferi in Kawazaki, Tokyo Japan 2012. Shot on black and white 120mm film with a Hassleblad 500cm, 80mm lens.
Photography by Shawn Tamaribuchi FemaleFighterProject.com
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Photographer’s Notes: These were shot on 120mm film. The landscape color ones are 6x9 on 400iso… I was skeptical that these would turn out since the indoor lighting was super low, shooting at a f/5.6 sub 1/60 shutter speed is always problematic but the I think I am finally acclimatizing to the tiny focusing screen on the Fuji GW690 and I take a smaller aperture over a quicker shutter speed to prioritize the depth of field. Out door shots are much easier but I don’t always have this luxury especially after training for 4 hours straight and feeling like I am going to collapse! I had the cat photoshoot right after this one, was a super long day! The black and white 6x6s are on the Hassleblad 500cm. With the AACC shots from 2010, I shot wide open on my 80mm lens at f/2.8 and a slow speed of 1/30-1/60… the originals where shot on color film that got majorly fogged by numerous xray machines so I had to convert it to BW in order to salvage the images. The originals are super messed up this serves as a reminder… have your film hand checked and use a lead safety bag!!!