One Last Portraiture-Practice Post for the Year
Hello There! A bit of wide-angle and wide-eyed distortion makes for an “interesting” portrait? photo by Paul Barr processing by me  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — image data
Hello There!
A bit of wide-angle and wide-eyed distortion makes for an “interesting” portrait?
photo by Paul Barr
processing by me

I've been doing a lot of portraiture practice lately, so I finally made a portraiture-practice category on my blog. This post is likely the last for a while, a few shots from last week with Paul Barr and Stéphane Barbery.

上は私、カメラと一寸近くすきるし、目は開けすぎ。結果面白いだと思いますが、一寸気持ち悪いかもしれない。どう思いますか。以下写真と比べる。

The photos on this post of me, such as the one above, were taken by Paul Barr, and post processed by me (mostly with Paul looking over my shoulder).

I think the one above has some interesting (yet perhaps disconcerting) character, for a couple of reasons. First there's the distortion caused by the close proximity of the lens to the subject. Playing around in Lightroom, I was able to easily adjust the distortion away using Lightroom's manual lens-correction tools, but the result was less interesting/comical, so it's the original that I'm presenting here.

Another thing is the lighting. We were trying our hand at some artificial lighting, a flash unit to camera right. In this case, iris close to the light really caught/reflects the light, so it looks very different from the other iris; the result lends a bit of disconcernment without the viewer necessarily noticing why (though now that I've mentioned it, you'll not be able to not see it. 🙂 )

A Bit Further Away same lens from a more reasonable distance photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70mm — 1/160 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — image data
A Bit Further Away
same lens from a more reasonable distance
photo by Paul Barr

In the end we just didn't feel comfortable with the flash, so moved to an area with a rice-paper-covered window, which provided rich, smooth light...

photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + 85mm f/1.8 — 1/250 sec, f/4, ISO 12800 — image data
photo by Paul Barr
photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/160 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — image data
photo by Paul Barr
photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm — 1/160 sec, f/7.1, ISO 12800 — image data
photo by Paul Barr

I wanted to include at least one color shot, but it seems downright bland compared to the grittier B&W treatment that seems to suit these shots.

photo by Paul Barr  --  Copyright 2012 Paul Barr
Nikon D4 + 85mm f/1.8 — 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 12800 — image data
photo by Paul Barr

I tried a few of Paul...

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Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 2000 — image data
Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 4000 — image data
Copyright 2012 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 3200 — image data

Stéphane put up a couple of shots of me he took, one I like, and one that I don't quite care for. Paul's opinion of them was the opposite of mine, so who knows....


One comment so far...

I’m enjoying your lighting experiments. You might want to make the off camera flash “bigger” with a sheet of thin paper, an umbrella, or a small soft box.

— comment by Tom in SF on December 21st, 2012 at 6:28am JST (5 years ago) comment permalink
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