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Portraits with the 55mm 1.4
Lens: Pentax 55mm 1.4 Camera: K7 Photo Location: Germany ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/90s Aperture: F2 
Posted By: christophleipzig, 01-12-2013, 11:14 AM

Dear pentax users,

I recently bought this nice, lovely 55mm 1.4, the expensive one. The Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM. Well, I thought already that objective had maybe eaten all my budget, but it was worth the god dmn money.

I add some pictures. What to say: I was taking them with window light (cloudy sky), behind of me was a whitish wall, also I had this as a kind of reflector. The room behind that was maybe 6 Meters long and quite dark. For each photo I needed maybe 3-5 minutes. I used the aperture 2.2 and the times where about 1/80. I used fully manual control of the times and the aperture and I also used the manual focus.

That's all. Window light, manual controll over a superb lens. That was all. I am happy.

Postproduction was mainly not existent. I used Aperture to get jpgs. I deepen the "point of black" (on purpose!), sometimes I darken, sometimes I lighten the light a bit. That was mainly all.

Here the examples:

#1 Journalist



#2 Historian



#3 Old veterinarian



#4 Businessman



#5 Teacher



#6 Bookshop Owner



I would be happy for advice, what I could to the next time better.

Christoph

PS: Don't cry. I am always to lazy to make the pictures smaller. It is helpful to use a proper browser.

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01-12-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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Interesting shots. I think I could almost pick out who was who!

FYI, on my computer, the images were too large to fit on the screen in both browsers I have. In my Safari browser I could almost see the entire picture but had to scroll up and down a bit to see the entire image. Not too bad. In Firefox though they were quite a bit larger, maybe by 2x, so that I had to scroll both vertically and horizontally to see the image, meaning that I couldn't really get a good look at them in Firefox.
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You have good contact with the portraited - that is very important! They are open to you.
The PP does need some attention, at least when shown in a series. The last one for example is too dark for my tastes, whereas the one of top of that (colour, female) is about perfect.
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PS: Don't cry. I am always to lazy to make the pictures smaller. It is helpful to use a proper browser.
You have the right to be too lazy to resize the images to a comfortable and practical viewing size. Don't cry when we exercise our right to be too lazy to offer you any feedback, especially when you address us in such a condescending and entitled tone.

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Too big. Foreheads look nice. Last forehead too dark.
Lol.
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Ok. May I ask, why the button disappeared here from the Forum, where the picture size was automatically reduced?
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Cause there was one, and easy to use. It is not completely true, that I am too lazy - but I have also no online-space - just my blog. And I must say, that it is a bit difficult to do the work twice or three time.
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I think you did a great job! Sure a bit dark here and there but overall their great. Additionally, they all fit fine on my screen. I guess it all comes down to people screen resolution.

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Most are way too flat. need a bit more contrast.
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There's no lack of details in these shots for sure.
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You have good contact with the portraited - that is very important! They are open to you.
The PP does need some attention, at least when shown in a series. The last one for example is too dark for my tastes, whereas the one of top of that (colour, female) is about perfect.
Thank you! Before I print them (they are for printing), I probably will do some fine tuning.

QuoteOriginally posted by GeoJerry Quote
Interesting shots. I think I could almost pick out who was who!
Thank you.

QuoteOriginally posted by wcchamp18 Quote
I think you did a great job! Sure a bit dark here and there but overall their great. Additionally, they all fit fine on my screen. I guess it all comes down to people screen resolution.
Thank you!

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Most are way too flat. need a bit more contrast.
That's maybe your opinion man. The contrast is a thing, I am not going to play with in this pictures anymore. Maybe the light itself, but no contrast.

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There's no lack of details in these shots for sure.
Yea, actually this is this Pentax lens. I hope, that is a positive thing. I actually was astonished, what kind of difference this lens does. I never had a thing with this quality in my hands...
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That's maybe your opinion man. The contrast is a thing, I am not going to play with in this pictures anymore. Maybe the light itself, but no contrast.
ok well, i think the first shot could be improved a little, but the last shot definitely needs some attention. the tonal range is really cut off.
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Good results using ambient light.
Thanks for sharing.
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Good results using ambient light.
Thanks for sharing.
Thank you.


I actually was at the end changing the contrast and the light in the last picture a bit. I thought about it and like the result also more now.
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