Meeting new people at Drink and Clicks are certainly fun, but it’s nice to have a reunion with a friend and model that I’ve shot with, a number of times. To my surprise, Libby showed up last month at the Craftsman event. I’ve featured portraits of Libby on this blog before (here, here in color and here in black and white) and each time it’s a different look.
That’s the great thing about portraits, I guess, and particularly with women. There are infinite opportunities for expression, and with wardrobe, makeup and hair changes, a lot of variation. Layer in lighting differences and changes in scenery and each portrait can look quite unique. I suppose landscapes can also have variations but somehow, I see more possibilities and pitfalls shooting people. And while you’ve seen more portraits from me lately, I don’t fundamentally consider myself a portrait photographer. Not yet, anyway. But, I’m working on it. Not seriously, but for fun, especially at Drink and Clicks.
My earlier portraits with Libby were with the Olympus 75mm f1.8, which is optically fantastic. I bought it with the intention of shooting more people. Except, I see a lot better with the 50mm equivalent. Hence, all of my recent portraits use the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, The 150mm equivalent focal length from the Olympus 75mm f1.8, requires me to step back too far. I feel like I lose the intimate connection with the subject. This connection, which arguably maybe the most important thing in portraiture.
Also, I’m shooting so often on the street with the 50mm equivalent, that I now naturally see at this focal length, which I think, helps my portraits. That’s a big change for me, incidentally, since I used to like a 35mm equivalent.
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