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Model: Lucy Woodroffe
Outdoors, Lighting from a large cafe / restaurant light

Olympus E-1 (5mp DSLR)
Helios 58mm f/2 m42 lens @ f/2
Raw file converted to black and white and edited in Silver Efex Pro 2
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Brand:Olympus CORPORATION
Camera:Olympus E-1
Lens:helios 44-2 58mm f/2
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:17 Jan 2014 - 5:13 PM
Focal Length:58mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.0
Aperture:f/2.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Auto
Title:Lucy Shoot
Username:joshwa joshwa
Uploaded:17 Jan 2014 - 11:37 PM
Tags:Black & white, Digitally manipulated, Model, Portraits / people, Shoot
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pablophotographer

Hi Joshua, nice shot, nice model (?)

I notice a white area (it's yellow in the colour version) near her hair above her right eye. I'd try to subdue it/smudge it or crop slightly the whole part horizontally. What do you think?

kindly,
pablophotographer

E1 still goes strong, eh? Wink

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2014 - 2:25 AM

Good portrait work, V1 for me.

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Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1738 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom84 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2014 - 7:35 AM

Very well executed portrait image, I like V1 with the tint best but I like the greater contrast on the facial features in V2, combining both these factors could be worth a try.
Nigel

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11103 forum postsdudler vcard England312 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jan 2014 - 5:16 PM

V1, I think.

I don't really understand why everyone is trying to use old glass on new cameras... In a few cases, the glass is better, but not often: and the lack of convenience is a mighty deterrent.

I own a Helios lens, and occasionally use it on the Zenit it came on. But it is not as sharp as the Minolta and Zeiss glass I normally use, and has abysmal contrast.

And yes - just those characteristics may make it ideal, in this case, as a portrait lens, so maybe the mini-rant should go elsewhere, where someone has tried a Lydith 30mm for landscape or architecture. I owned a Lydith in the Seventies, and it was, unreservedly, the worst lens I've ever owned! Never, under any circumstances, sharp.

Having, subsequently, looked at your page, I guess I shall be hearing more on this!

Last Modified By dudler at 18 Jan 2014 - 5:17 PM

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joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4602 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
18 Jan 2014 - 10:37 PM

Smile Thanks for the comments - the biggest motivator for me in using some of these old lenses for portraits is that I've been able to pick up an Olympus 50mm f/1.4 OM lens and a Minolta 58mm f/1.4 Rokkor lens for 5 each (some results from the 58mm lens here). Certainly makes them much more attainable, compared to a modern day version of the lens, for example the recent 58mm f/1.4 lens released is around 1600!

Another aspect I'm looking at is lens flare - where the model actually likes the look of it - and with modern lenses they tend to do everything possible to avoid lens flare. I haven't uploaded any recent examples or really got any shots (yet) that particularly demonstrate that, but it's something that I'm hoping will look good Smile

edit - the Helios lens came with a Zenit camera that I probably picked up for around 5.

Last Modified By joshwa at 18 Jan 2014 - 10:41 PM

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pablophotographer


Quote: Smile Thanks for the comments - the biggest motivator for me in using some of these old lenses for portraits is that I've been able to pick up an Olympus 50mm f/1.4 OM lens and a Minolta 58mm f/1.4 Rokkor lens for 5 each (some results from the 58mm lens here). Certainly makes them much more attainable, compared to a modern day version of the lens, for example the recent 58mm f/1.4 lens released is around 1600!

Another aspect I'm looking at is lens flare - where the model actually likes the look of it - and with modern lenses they tend to do everything possible to avoid lens flare. I haven't uploaded any recent examples or really got any shots (yet) that particularly demonstrate that, but it's something that I'm hoping will look good Smile

edit - the Helios lens came with a Zenit camera that I probably picked up for around 5.

Bargain!

I think since the majority of people take the photographs for their pleasure/fun and not for professional reasons, they shouldn't bother too much about the gear, but rather on the fun that derives from taking pictures. During my last trip I used a single use camera bought from the airport, to take shots in the airport and during the flight, I had a camera waiting for me at my destination and guess what, it was a Zenit with a Helios lens, lol. At the end we all look at the picture rather than the camera or lens used to take the picture.

pablophotographer

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11103 forum postsdudler vcard England312 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jan 2014 - 3:32 PM

It depends...

I agree with Joshua about flare being flattering on occasion - I have a 1937 Leitz Summar, and used with T-Max P3200 against the light it provided wonderfully flattering results of a beautiful blonde (as well as a nightmare in the darkroom, burning in where the effect was too strong!)

To and extent, I also agree with Pablo. In many circumstances, no-one cares what you use, so long as you get the result.

However, sometimes the how affects the what you get: and then, knowing which imperfect lens to use wil lbe the difference between a competent record shot and a brilliant creative result.

As David Bailey said, the same tog will take different shots with different cameras: a waist-level viewfinder suddenly gives different perspective on a person, and the perspective is utterly different with a mirror lens and an extreme wideangle...

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Feb 2014 - 1:34 PM

very nice portrait work

V2 for me

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