Mid van, amit nem kaptál? – Didn't God give you everything you have?

Shooting the beauty again

I have not shot any classic portrait series since late 2010 so I was really happy when my beautiful model from last year, Szilvia told me she wanted some new pictures of herself. We became quite good friends last summer and we really enjoyed shooting that time but she spent the recent year working in Russia while I was studying in the US in the recent few month. Returning to Hungary we both found ourselves not having too much to do during the summer so she happily volunteered for another shooting.

Canon 450D digital SLR w/ Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
shot in RAW

Well… having her for a second round was both good and difficult. It was great because she is a really good model who takes things seriously and easy at the same time and spending time with her was always a pleasure. But the best thing about having her back in front of the camera was her being used to what I do and how i do it. We could work together a lot better this time and there was significantly more openness on her part this year. However it was also a bit difficult because i had to come up with some new ideas that we could shoot with my somewhat limited technical background. Not mentioning the fact that it has been several month since I haven’t used my lighting equipment and reflectors so it was challenging on my part too.

Canon 450D digital SLR w/ Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
shot in RAW

When it came to the shooting on a late August day everything turned out good. She was so familiar with all the surroundings that the whole thing turned into some friendly talking where we were completely at ease. Usually I try to chat continuously with my portrait models so that they feel relaxed and the tension does not show in the pictures (it does not work all the time) and it is sometimes okay, sometimes more difficult. Not having to do it this time was really great and it also helped me to relax into the shooting and it certainly met with more openness on her part and as a result we both had a really great time.
My good old digital SLR worked well this year too but I decided to take a couple of images on film as well just for fun. I used one of my favorite films (Kodak Tri-X 400) in one of my favorite film camera (Canon EF) with one of my favorite manual focus lenses (Canon FD 50mm f/1.4) and the images turned out to be quite pleasing developed in one of my favorite developer (Rodinal).

Canon EF film SLR w/ Canon FD 50 mm f/1.4
Kodak Tri-X 400 developed in Rodinal 1+50

I also tried another film camera setup, namely my old Russian rangefinder Fed-2 that is absolutely not suitable for the purpose of such shooting but still I like to shoot with that camera and I wanted to give it a try. I used Rollei Retro 100 film (also not the most suitable for this purpose but who cares), the standard 52mm f/2.8 lens on the Fed-2 and developed the negative in Diafine. The result turned out to be better than expected however framing such shots with the Fed-2 is not the best thing.
For my digital shots I used the Canon 450D digital SLR with the Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM that is certainly my favorite lens for the digital body. I did not want to bother with the light meter so I switched to manual mode and used a shutter speed around 1/60-1/80 and an aperture required by the particular lightning and framing. And of course shot the images in RAW.

Fed-2 rangefinder 52mm f/2.8
Rollei Retro 100, developed in Diafine

My lighting did not change much from last year so I used constant light sources and reflectors. This year I was a lot more into the moody black background shots that went well with her somewhat sexier and more open approach. To add to the mood I went down to using only one light source for several images but making that light really soft by pointing the lights to opposite positions and just having some soft light reflected back on the model. For the less glamour-like shots I used more lights having a soft light as a fill-light as described last year.

Canon 450D digital SLR w/ Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
shot in RAW

So we had a lot of fun taking these pictures and here you can see some attached to this post. Some of the images are also posted on the WILDANGLE.NET photography blog where you can check out other images too. And… no nude pictures in the gallery section. ;)

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