Anastasia Follow-Up

I wrote a post the other day regarding how gear is related to process and opportunity to me. It's not at all the sort of thing that is some set of rules like birds need telephoto lenses and fast autofocus and high frame rates etc. In fact it's the complete opposite of that.


This is a quick follow-up to satisfy a few people's curiosity. Specifically all of the photos made in the above referenced post were on the fly, behind the scenes, semi-candid grabs while getting ready at a leisurely (actually glacially slow) pace. A few people wanted to know what exactly we did make that was not in the more candid context.


The answer is noting real complicated. Just some informal but obviously less candid. Same setup, we just moved somewhere the light was a bit more appropriate for what Anastasia wanted to see. She wanted color images so I chose a much flatter lighting scenario but I processed these in the same bach as the previous post so they have the same black and white treatment. Plus they're more consistent with the rest of the site ;-)

Here's one of the original color frames she chose right after we made these…


We spent far far more time lolli-gagging and messing around prior to this than we did making a few quick pictures. For A. it was a last visit down from NYC prior to going back home (maybe indefinitely) to Ukraine. She wasn't really planning on spending a bunch of time in front of a camera and has ummm put on a bit of wait so she wasn't super keen on the idea of making pictures from the back at all. Most of the time in front of the mirror was her figuring out how to control her appearance on camera, she gets that way.

Same 28mm Non-AI Nikkor as the previous post. Shooting that wide close up on Full frame (18mm on Fuji) does have some distinct possiblilies to control proportions to meet A.'s goals, not that I cared a whole lot about that kind of thing for my purposes but for the pictures she wanted, sure why not.

See what I mean? Anyway, tip: shooting closer and wider than you normally would definitely presents possibilities to present people's anatomy with a fair degree of control in terms of proportion if you pay attention. In other words, you know all the bad things that general wisdom says why you shouldn't use wide lenses on people? They can work in reverse to or anywhere in between with a little care.

Combine that with a bit of light/shadow manipulation and the fact that we're really in 2-D land and just about anything can look like anything. Ah, the magic of photography without resorting to ham-fisted things like liquify.

Anyway. There you have it. A few quick frames. Just fooling around with A. wanting to see how the collar looked in pictures. Not a big production by any means.

End Notes

All photos made with the Nikon Df and pre-AI Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 at f/5.6. Black and white processing via VSCO FILM 06 HP-5+1 and color via VSCO FILM 01 400H