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Polly at f1.4

By chrisevans
The first weekend studio session of 2018 was a lens and technique test. (Good lens, poor technique) Nikon's incredible 105mm f1.4 is a lens I can't really afford to buy but a very cheap weekend hire was a no-brainer.
I wouldn't be in my right mind to shoot a commercial portrait/headshot at f1.4 but as this Len's is designed to be used like that and doesn't come with a warning " do not use wide open!" then I just had to go for it.
My expectations were managed with the knowledge that more than half my shots would probably be out of focus so I just pressed on. Yes I also shot at f8 like everyone else, but the ultra shallow depth of field, which can be reproduced at post in photoshop was my target in camera. I used my D800 which is a perfect match for this lens along with a single SB900 above centre.
To be honest, a camera phone and a torch would get favorable results with Polly.


Tags: Beautiful Stunning Freckles Redhead Portraits and people

Voters: Robertograph, GeorgeP, mex and 31 more

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Vambomarbleye 4 153 14 Scotland
15 Jan 2018 4:20PM
👍👍👍👍👍
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1876 England
15 Jan 2018 9:34PM
Now, that does offer some creative possibilities... But the price tag... Is actually not unreasoable given the cost of front-rank 85mm glass, I suppose...
15 Jan 2018 10:31PM
A wonderful portrait Smile
16 Jan 2018 7:21AM
Great portrait !!
16 Jan 2018 11:41PM
Thanks, Polly is something else and that lens, amazing. Hope I didn't mislead anyone but the shot I uploaded was taken at f2.2, apologies, only just noticed.
clevercloggs Plus
17 251 15 Netherlands
20 Aug 2019 8:23AM
agree it is a great colour photo. even when taken at f 2.2...
Robert

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