Sarah with a Milk Shake

Sarah with a Milk Shake - Austin, Texas

Sarah with a Milk Shake – Austin, Texas

Here’s another portrait that I shot at the latest Drink and Click. We had at least two Sarahs at the event. We had Sarah the Photographer, who I posted yesterday and Sarah the model here today. I shot today’s photo with the same Olympus PEN-F and 25mm f1.4 lens that I used yesterday and with the same grainy black and white mode. It came out great and I was going to post that one, but decided to experiment a little.

The PEN-F has a neat effects dial where you can preset a look, which is saved in JPEG. I shot this image in both RAW and JPEG so that I had the option of playing with the full color RAW image. I experimented with film effects in post processing and I like this one. It nicely brings out the blue in Sarah’s eyes.

Did you hear that Kodak is bringing back Ektachrome film? It was announced on Thursday, the same day I shot this image. It just so happens that this film preset simulates a 1970s style Ektachrome, which emphasizes blues. I’m not enough of a film expert, especially with Ektacrhome, to judge the accuracy of this conversion. I do, however, like the way this looks.


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7 thoughts on “Sarah with a Milk Shake

  1. I always preferred Ektachrome to Kodakchrome.

    Isn’t that f1.4 leica/panny lens a peach? The only thing it doesn’t do as well as I would like is snow. It handles dark better than very light.

      1. No matter how I set the meter — and whether I use a standard or HDR exposure — it comes out washed out. This ONLY on snow in sunlight. Snow with overcast, no problem. Anything else i’ve tried, no problem. But that particular combination of conditions, it overexposes. It has been fabulous for everything else.

      2. I’ve been trying to find a way to shoot it … a setting that works. I use spot metering, and usually, I take the reading on the brightest spot — which typically works fine. But this lens is faster than anything else I’ve got and it seems to be really efficient at collecting light. I may need to try a different metering method … or use the aperture mode and see if that works better. It’s not something I have to worry about all that often. But this is the season for snow in New England, so this is when it is going to come up. it was over-exposing very slightly in bright sunlight in the summer, but it was easy to fix in Photoshop. This time, I have a half a dozen frames that I can’t seem to fix … all shot as HDR (3x).

        These are not problems I had before automatic digital cameras. When I had old film cameras, as often as not, I eyeballed the light, manually set the shutter speed and exposure and rarely had a problem. But standards were different for film and film speed was not a variable, so you did a lot of “fixing” in the soup during processing. What we do now with software, we did back then with paper and chemicals. Software smells better.

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