Roll 49. Portraiture at 120mm
I bought a new toy, a 2nd hand 120mm f2.8 Pentax lens. As I liked shooting with the 135mm on my Nikon I wanted something with a similar range for my other system, and the first thing I stumbled upon was the 120mm.
It’s a little bit wider, but still a huge step up from the 50mm I have been using so much lately.
My usual group of gaming buddies / portraiture victims were visiting earlier this week. This time I let the camera rest during the actual game, but brought it out once we were done.
And this time I stepped up the process one notch. The camera was put on a tripod, the victims were seated in a chair with a bright light in their faces.
And there was a certain amount of direction given. Mostly along the lines of ‘Move closer to the light!’ and ‘Turn your head, the light gleams in your glasses!’ Lights made things complex.
Also, the camera measures the whole scene, and I wanted the effect with heads floating against a black background. So I did the measuring with the spot meter in my Nikon D90, and then copied the shutter speed over manually. The shots were taken at f4 and shutters around 1/30, the light came from a simple reading light placed 20cm away from the subject’s face.
Elin, interested in all forms of artistic creation, wanted to give it a go as well and took the nice shot of me above. It adds some variation from my multitude of self portraits.