Dean, a Luthier, also a good friend of mine, was kind enough to let me make a few portraits of him awhile back. Mainly shooting with a few “styles” and ideas within my head, I set out to make some portraits that expressed this humble master craftsman. Thought that I would share a few of these with you.
I have been shooting a lot lately with some of my old manual focus (MF) lenses that I have accumulated over the years. There are a few reasons behind my use of these. For one, you can often pick these up for a lot less than the new fancy-schmancy AF lenses. The good MF lenses hold their value, so don’t expect to get them for free, but you can get a good deal if you know what you are looking for and where to look. Plus, there aren’t all the computerized controls and components within, which means less to go wrong with them. [insert smily here] And two, they work just as well if your shooting portraits or moderately still objects.
Another thing that I really enjoy about the MF lenses is the extra time and thought that I am putting into my shots. With everything digital now, it’s just TOO easy to get caught-up in the speed and auto-ness of these amazing cameras. With the MF lenses I am thinking much more about composition, focal point, along with interacting and exchanging more dialog with my subject which in-turn has created some very nice outcomes. Dean being the first of the series of portraits that I have shot with the MF Nikkor 50mm f1.4 lens. I love the shallow DOF and the crispness of where I focused.