Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

8 thoughts on “She.

  1. mewanchuk says:

    I quite like this as well. (I am trying to compare it to “The Brick Wall” to see if there is a difference in quality and rendering that would justify the extra effort and expense of the film-based Mamiya portrait–It would certainly be nice to see them both side-by-side, printed LARGE…)

    • Well, as you know the Mamiya allows me only 10 frames per roll. In 3 out of 10 with this particular roll, my subject was caught in mid-blink… so, you know…

      Having said that, when the stars align with medium format, the results do look more appealing to me than what I can get with my digital or film 35mm.

      But the Mamiya would never have allowed me to get this shot, for many reasons.

  2. Karim Ghantous says:

    Very nice. I rather like bare shoulder portraits. The only nitpick is that it doesn’t have enough contrast. 😉

  3. greg g49 says:

    Well, you’ve taken a number of portraits of the lovely R and always manage to find just a little special something in each. I haven’t been back through the group at all, so maybe I’m forgetting, but I’d say this is the most Mona Lisa ish smile I remember. And while Leonardo had more DOF [ 🙂 ] than you, all that lightness behind her seems a pretty good stand in for the window behind the original. True to my motto, “never say in three words what you can render a hundred or so on” (did you suspect I had such a motto?)… let me conclude: so gently beautiful!

    • hahaha Greg, always a treat to get “a hundred” words (or even three) from you! Thank you.

      The smile of which you speak is secondary to this being a candid moment, so your eyes are seeing authentic expression — whatever it is that is being perceived.

  4. Marc says:

    Highlight on the lips, hair, forehead and tip of nose as well as on the right cheek are all very classic. Reminds me of when I had my studio for 40 plus years and the Rembrandt lighting I usually strived for using numerous lights. You accomplished this with natural light. I’ m assuming you did not use a reflector for fill. Great job in capturing a good pose and seeing the light.

    • Thank you Marc!

      Believe it or not, this lighting is artificial. It was provided by harsh motel room light… I had no control over it.

      The rest of what was coaxed out of this image was secondary to those beautiful M9 DNG files.


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