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Square Portrait EM5 + Olympus 75mm 1.8

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by christilou, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
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  2. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Great, sensitive treatment.
     
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  3. Gary

    Gary SC All-Pro

    Aug 19, 2012
    Southern California
    Gary Ayala
    Pensive and square, this image is giving the shots of Little B a run for the money. The crop heightens the tension, well done.

    Gary
     
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Agree, agree and agree!
     
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice as usual Christina. Your portraits of your daughters are always a real treat - all of the talent and good eye and gear and technique and your love for them all come through incredibly well.

    That lens is a real treat for this type of work - I've taken to doing more of it than ever before specifically because of that. Its soooo sharp though that sometimes you just have to add some softening in post production to make it work as a portrait. I've done that a lot with this lens and that's not the direction I usually go in post. It appears you did the same here??

    -Ray
     
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  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    Pink sweater, black fingernails, shadows in the background, tension in the crop, deep in thought... a very expressive picture. Nice capture Christina.
     
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  7. Wolf

    Wolf SC Veteran

    374
    Mar 4, 2012
    great shot, i love the captured expression

    How do you like this camera / lens combo ?
     
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  8. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Thanks for looking. To say I'm pleased with this lens on the EM5 would be an understatement. I'm totally smitten with it's rendering of the light. I nearly always use a soft focus filter for portraits, even for the dog and so when I saw the early samples from this lens, I was sceptical of it's use for portraits, or at least the kind that I like to shoot. However, I've been keeping my eye on the price here in the UK and it's been £649 for some time. When I saw it on Amazon for £639 I made up my mind and I think in doing so, I've committed myself to this little EM5. It does so much so well that I can't see myself parting with it. I think the lenses play a large part too and this one is the icing on the cake for me :) I also worried that the 75mm (150mm) might be too long but have not found this to be so (luckily).
     
  9. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Wow thats superb! Lovely soft focus.
     
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  10. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Another Portrait

    P1110228-20.


    I've used Angel Glow from the OnOne Perfect Layers presets on this one, just to give it a nice glow. Little Ro is far from angelic it has to be said!
     
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  11. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    LOL! But the way you portray her sure makes her look angelic!

    Christina, do you have to stand a pretty good distance off? Typically about how far to get a head and shoulders photo?
     
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  12. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I'm a lazy photographer and most often I'll be sitting at my table with my iMac, grab the camera from next to me and fire off a few shots if the light is nice. I guess she's sitting about 5 or 6 feet away from me. I may have to lean a little back but it's certainly no great distance.
     
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  13. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I had the 70/2.4 Ltd briefly for the K5, and it was a very nice lens. Although the focal length is different, I'm very tempted to get the 75/1.8. This is going to sound weird, but I totally will hate the silver lens on my black OMD though!
     
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  14. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Yeah, I've been surprised at just how useable that lens is. I thought it might be too long a lot of the time and I'd end up using the 45 a lot. But even in relatively small rooms, it's good for chest up portraits and if you're sitting close to the subject, it's still good for close head and shoulders or just head shots. I've used the 45 once since I've had the 75 and the shots I did would have worked fine with the longer lens. Now I'm contemplating selling the 45....

    -Ray
     
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  15. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Actually Ray, the pics of your wife and daughter convinced me that this lens is totally useable :)
     
  16. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Armanius, it has a black lens cap so this kind of ties it in with the black body, no? LOL!
     
  17. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    What?? A silver lens and it doesn't come with a silver cap? Outrageous!! :)

    I totally regret not waiting longer for the silver OMD instead of the all black. Sigh ...
     
  18. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Yeah, I got the black one too but since I'm always behind it I don't really notice....... !
     
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  19. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Now I have to decide between the black vs silver X20! Fortunately, no lenses to match on that camera!
     
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  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Beautiful portraits.
     
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