Nikon D4 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/200 sec, f/5, ISO 4000 — map & image data — nearby photos
quick portrait yesterday at Tully's Coffee
The lighting was horrible — mixed fluorescent, LED, incandescent, and daylight — so we should have moved elsewhere, but time was short so we went with it. (I lost quite a bit of time on the way because I found someone's wallet in the middle of the street, and it took a while to find a police box that was manned, and then there's paperwork involved in turning it in, and such.)
Anyway, I like the B&W treatment above, but here's the uncropped color version...
Zak himself prefers this next shot instead. The difference in mouth and eyes from above is quite subtle, but the result is vastly different, I think.
Zak likes this one, but I think it's relatively flat. The eyes are essentially unchanged from before, yet somehow this one seems to lack the twinkle and life of the first. At least, that's my view.
Zak's view is probably just him trying to project his cynical side, but I've known him long enough to know what's really behind that façade, well revealed in the following shot:
This was the first “formal” (so to speak) portrait I've done of Zak, but I've snapped plenty of shots of him while sitting across the table from him at a coffee shop, such as this one from January, or this one from five years ago.