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Lucy Shoot

By joshwa      
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
See variations for another black and white, and colour versions.

Tags: Model Shoot Black and white Digitally manipulated Portraits and people

Voters: alligatorpants, Mrserenesunrise, G3 and 23 more


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Comments


18 Jan 2014 1:25AM
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 Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
18 Jan 2014 2:25AM
Good portrait work, V1 for me.
Nigeve1 Plus
2 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2014 7:35AM
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
dudler Plus
12 349 664 England
18 Jan 2014 5:16PM
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!
joshwa Plus
5 765 United Kingdom
18 Jan 2014 10:37PM
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.
19 Jan 2014 12:16PM

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
dudler Plus
12 349 664 England
19 Jan 2014 3:32PM
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...
bliba Plus
10 2 Austria
23 Feb 2014 1:34PM
very nice portrait work

V2 for me

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