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Freezing Time: Yoga and Lifestyle Photoshoot with Deniz in Datça

Let me take you on a trip down memory lane to a shoot I’ll always remember—the time I captured Deniz, this amazing yoga teacher from Türkiye, just before I moved to London in 2021. Deniz Orbay is a big name in yoga circles, organizing retreats and diving headfirst into them. Our yoga and lifestyle shoot happened in Datça during winter, and I used both 35mm digital and 35mm film cameras to snap away. Today, I’ll spill the beans on my Canon EOS 1N film camera adventure.

For this shoot, my gear included the Canon EOS 1N, along with lenses like the Canon EF 50mm STM 1.8 and the Sigma 24mm 1.4 ART. Oh, and I played around with the Fujifilm C200 35mm film to add some extra charm. We dabbled in yoga poses and captured everyday moments, all in Deniz’s cozy home, basking in natural light—I ditched artificial lighting, just letting the ambiance do its magic.

I don't know why, but there's something magical about film results. They have a different feel compared to digital ones. And you know what's intriguing? You've got only 36 frames in a roll. That scarcity makes every frame count; you have to pick the right composition and light. That's why they feel precious.

In this post, I’ll geek out a bit about film photography, specifically the Canon EOS 1N 35mm film camera, and how it made Deniz’s yoga and lifestyle come to life in a different way. You know, film has this raw, real feel that adds a special touch to the shots. It’s something digital just can’t quite nail.

I’ve picked out a bunch of shots from our time together. They capture Deniz’s calm and grace, and I’m super stoked to share them with you. Check them out below and drop a comment—I’d love to hear your thoughts.

And if you're curious to explore more of Deniz's world, here's her Instagram and website. Feel free to give her a follow or visit her site to delve deeper into her yoga journey!

Thanks for hanging out with me and stepping into this serene world through these pics!


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