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Old Dec 5, 2010, 12:12 AM   #11
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Reality check, Ed. There are a lot of things going on here that lens is not responsible for.

#1. Beautiful model (perfect skin, make-up, hair)

#2. Perfect head position.

#3. Perfect lighting.

OK, the lens helped, but I agree with Harriet and Mark on this one.
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Old Dec 5, 2010, 6:30 AM   #12
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I have to agree with some of the others...

The lens is just a tool, it's the craftsman that knows how to use the tool that gets
the results... I don't think I could do that good no matter what lens I used...

Good job, Eddy...!
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Old Dec 5, 2010, 6:45 AM   #13
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I know the lens helps a lot but it's still you who has to take the picture, set the lighting and generally speaking know what you're doing.

Magnificent shot, and no I don't need a FA77.
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Old Dec 5, 2010, 8:20 AM   #14
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I like the lighting and the crop is nice, too. Also I want to chime in here with the detail.
I know, that you prefer a look, that's on the soft(er) side. I sometimes see people being confused about "soft" and "not having detail". This picture is a very good example of great detail, while still retaining a soft/smooth look. The fine nuances in her skin color and the "overall color feeling" add to that and together it makes a wonderful portrait.

Now you'll need some good paper and a capable photo laboratory to bring this to paper in high quality.

Btw. - the only lens in my bag I'd try to do that kind of trick is an old M85/2. Now I just need a model . The thing where I'll fail big would be the lighting, though .

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Old Dec 5, 2010, 1:58 PM   #15
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I like the lighting and the crop is nice, too. Also I want to chime in here with the detail.
I know, that you prefer a look, that's on the soft(er) side. I sometimes see people being confused about "soft" and "not having detail". This picture is a very good example of great detail, while still retaining a soft/smooth look. The fine nuances in her skin color and the "overall color feeling" add to that and together it makes a wonderful portrait.

Now you'll need some good paper and a capable photo laboratory to bring this to paper in high quality.

Btw. - the only lens in my bag I'd try to do that kind of trick is an old M85/2. Now I just need a model . The thing where I'll fail big would be the lighting, though .

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Yes, this.

I do prefer a soft look. I've never, ever liked oversharpend photos and the internet is full of photos (Portraits) that are so oversharpened that they no longer look real.

Re: the 77. As you said, even the the softer look of the photo, a lens like the 77 does a fine job of capturing the detail. In fact, it does such a fine job that some things in the photo are seen that would not otherwise be.

Having said that....


I appreciate everyones comments about the photo itself. I'm still enjoying a degree of beginners luck when it comes to the lighting and capture.

I am, finally, starting to understand the lighting and trust me equipment.

Someone once told me that photography is about light. There's no place that I know of where that is more applicable than in the studio.
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Did a series of headshot for this young lady today.

More and more, I'm very happy that I own an FA 77 f/1.8 Limited.

Enjoy

Eddy

Great headshot and your skill complements the coveted lens too. You have any lighting set up to share with us as to how you could pull this off?

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Great headshot and your skill complements the coveted lens too. You have any lighting set up to share with us as to how you could pull this off?

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Lighting was similar to rembrandt. Main light 45/45 camera left. 40x60 foamcore bookend camera right. And a single rim light (Monolight with 20 degree grid) at lowest power camera left about 6' from the model and about 30 degrees off her right shoulder. Hairlight/Snoot camera right above her at very low power.
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At last it loads for me !

Just gorgeous - it was driving me nuts being able to read the comments but not see the shot !
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Beautiful model. Beautiful lighting! Beautiful capture!
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