Drink and Click Portrait: Kylee

Kylee, Drink and Click Portrait - Austin, Texas

Kylee, Drink and Click Portrait – Austin, Texas

Kylee is friends with Ashley, who I featured yesterday. She also took a liking to the portraits I was experimenting with, that night in late May at Drink and Click.

Yesterday, I explained the challenges of a really shallow depth of field and getting both eyes in sharp focus. I did a better job with Kylee but I’ll talk about another challenge I had. That’s with the Fujifilm X-T10 camera itself. While this camera is new to me, it’s actually an old camera released in 2015. While the focusing system is adequate, it lags compared to the newest models. It was a fair amount of work to lock precise focus on the eye. I also had to constantly shift the focus point as the models moved their head.

For most photos, I use the center focus point and recompose. But, the recompose technique often doesn’t work with extremely shallow depth of fields. The area of sharp focus can shift when you change the composition. Having a faster and abler focusing system and a joystick to change focusing points would’ve been great. Something the newest Fuji X-T30 has. But nah, I’m not buying a new camera just yet. I want to get some solid time with this old X-T10.

The reality is that a lens like the Olympus 45mm f1.2 Pro on my PEN-F can probably make a similar portrait. The depth of field would not be as shallow but the PEN-F’s focusing system is faster. It would be interesting to try a similar portrait with Olympus if I could borrow the 45mm 1.2. Until then, I continue to explore the capabilities of my four-year-old Fuji.

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5 thoughts on “Drink and Click Portrait: Kylee

  1. Have you tried the face and eye detection feature? I think that camera has it. That’s what I always use when I photograph people. Granted, I don’t tend to go for that eyelash thin DoF that you like, but I find it works great for me. I set up my function button to get to that feature quickly.

    1. Yes I have. It’s a bit too slow on the X-T10 though I hear it’s a lot faster on the X-T20 and X-T30. Also, the depth of field is so shallow and the focus so exacting, I decided to use a single auto focus point instead.

  2. After looking at the recent four portraits, I have to admit I’m having trouble getting beyond the rings in the eyes to look at them with any objectivity. I just find them distracting and off-putting. I’m not trying to be harsh or overly critical; just mentioning that I find they get in the way of my enjoying what you’ve done. YMMV.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Rene. The portraits are certainly unconventional and polarizing. But, that’s what I was going for. Something different.

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