Flawed Focus and Moody Portrait

Michaela, Precision Camera Portrait - Austin, Texas

Michaela, Precision Camera Portrait – Austin, Texas

It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole of sharpness, resolution, and technical image perfection. Perhaps more so when talking about medium format cameras. After all, aren’t they supposed to create perfect images? I’ve been guilty of talking a lot about image quality since I got the Fujifilm GFX 50R. However, I know having great image quality is separate from having a great photograph.

I like Michaela’s expression in this picture. Certainly, more than the first photo in the series. Unfortunately, the camera misfocused and rendered a picture of poor image quality. However, I found charm and moodiness in the soft portrait. The black and white processing emphasized the vignette that I get on the Canon 85mm f1.8, and I added extra grain to create an old-timey film look. I embraced the imperfection and made it my own.

The Canon 85mm f1.8 attached to my Fuji GFX 50R via an adapter is a painful combination, as I mentioned yesterday. Especially if you shoot at the largest aperture of f1.8 and frame tightly like I tend to do. The focusing is slow, and the shallow depth of field makes it all the more difficult.

I shot about 85 photos during the short session. About 45% were misfocused to some extent. A handful was way off. Those are not very good statistics. Undoubtedly, I would not recommend this lens combo to professionals that need to get the shot. For an enthusiast like me, it’s all part of experimentation. With some practice and shooting further away, I would noticeably increase my keepers.

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