Leica Portrait Photography
This is certainly proving to be an adventure and I have to say I feel I've taken a stride forward with this latest shoot, it's fair to say I'm slowly gaining in confidence.
My first experience HERE was really more a case of getting acquainted with the model, sharing ideas with a view to doing something more elaborate at a future date. In this, my second experience we looked to plan more depth and meaning in to the shoot, essential if I am going to continue to do this.
I'd been wanting to collect some images for a User Report on the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and also looking to get some more time with the Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to do both. I wanted to capture a taste of the east in these images and I had an idea of a look I liked although in truth I didn't know what it was called!! A quick email exchange with my model and we were on the same wavelength, I've been really fortunate so far with the models I have worked with, helpful, enthusiastic and reliable, so far so good.
With the look sorted I then set about gaining permission to shoot in the location I wanted, I'm continually blown away by how easy it is to get this kind of permission here in New Zealand, two emails later and I have the perfect location arranged.
To take things a stage further I would also have a preconceived idea of some quite specific post processing that I wanted to attempt in an effort to really complete the whole theme.
I've decided to split this post in to parts, Part Two will contain B&W images (no elaborate post processing) shot on the M Monochrom using the Konica 60mm f/1.2 lens.
50mm Canon f/1.4
Model: Alicia Sim
The Canon 50mm f/1.4 really delivered in this shoot, these images shot wide open at f/1.4 have just the right amount of sharpness to them and the bokeh is really rather pleasing. I also cranked up the ISO to 640 in a bid to add a little more texture to the images and I think it's given them a little edge.
Image 1 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
Image 2 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
Image 3 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
Image 4 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
Image 5 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
Image 6 - Leica M9 - Canon 50mm f/1.4
I've been fooling around with this processing technique for a few weeks and whilst it won't be something you see from me often it was definitely the look I had in mind for these shots. I'm almost exclusively using LR4 to process my colour images now and it's becoming difficult to imagine moving back to Aperture 3, I never thought I'd say that.
I'll be honest, if I was reading this post I'd be wondering what the original files from the Canon 50mm f/1.4 looked like, I will be showing both the B&W conversions and the original colour files of these shot's in my upcoming User Report on this lens.
Remember, in Part Two of this post I'll be showing my first images from the 60mm Konica Hexanon f/1.2.