Drink and Click Portrait: Sissi

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait – Austin, Texas

The Drink and Click events I’ve talked a lot about, have turned into nice opportunities for portrait photography. I shot these early last month, just after I got back from Japan. I took both my Olympus cameras but mostly used the PEN-F with the 50mm equivalent f1.4 lens. Shooting often with that lens, I’m getting a good feel for it, especially for these closeup portraits.

Here’s Sissi, for the first of a three-part mini-series. I shot all of these with the in-camera JPEG, without any post-processing, with my often used “MonoProfile 2” setting.

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

As I recall, there was a large umbrella setup for soft but directional continuous lighting. It wasn’t especially powerful but adequate, especially when shooing at f1.4 – 1.6 and ISO 500 – 800.

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas
Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

We experimented with motion and got Sissi to do a hair flip. I reduced the shutter slightly to 1/100 of a second to show more blur. And although these aren’t sharp (they weren’t meant to be) they have an interesting feel. Especially at a shallow f1.4 aperture.

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas
Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

So which do you like? Tack sharp or slightly soft? In the past, I strived for perfectly sharp focus. And often, that’s what I still want. But I’ve come to realize that it’s not always necessary. The mood and emotion are more important considerations. The second photo was not intentional. A mistake really, since I wasn’t using a soft focus lens. But I like the dreamy feel of it.

Sissi, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

I like Sissi’s calm poses. Often, would be models like to make dramatic poses with quick movements. I’m no expert in guiding and posing people, however, I usually ask them to slow down.

My goal, someday, is to consistently make portraits with natural poses. Ideally capturing the essence of the individual. Tough stuff. Because much of that is human interaction and doesn’t have much to do with photography.


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6 thoughts on “Drink and Click Portrait: Sissi

  1. Place for both ‘soft’ and pin sharp? Perhaps seek the ‘in between’ shutter?
    Ask the sitter which she prefers – surely that’s the real judge?
    I like them, especially in gray shades. Equally I like the natural (relaxed?) pose.

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