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I posted a few of these images along with others all in color a few days ago. The post sparked a wonderful conversation about color and light, and all that is photography. I learned much from that conversation, but I learned something deeper about myself—I had failed to present my work as I envisioned it, I did not show my extraordinary subject Nicole as I saw her and wanted to present her in my work—my art.

I allowed myself to be steered by what I imagined others would want to see, and then presented a vision of Nicole which wasn’t my own. So here now is what should have been my post in the first place, excluding a few of the other images, and including a few new ones, all in B&W. And thank you to everyone who participated in the illuminating discussion regarding the previous post. As always C&C is greatly appreciated. Derek





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  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/3.2    1/250s    200 ISO    -1.0 EV  







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  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/1.8    1/1600s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







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  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/1.8    1/320s    100 ISO    +0.7 EV  







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  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/3.2    1/250s    125 ISO    +0.3 EV  







5

  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/3.2    1/250s    1250 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  ILCE-1    ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens    85mm    f/3.2    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 06, 2022 at 05:16 PM
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She looks great in B&W


Jul 06, 2022 at 05:36 PM
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Strong stuff, very nice work! 👏👏


Jul 06, 2022 at 11:18 PM
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Derek - I think these are really nice. You've captured what certainly seems to be her personality and done it very well. I especially like the direct sun in the second image and how you held the delicate highlight detail. And while I love the first image, I keep wondering if a small amount of Low Amount High Radius USM might pop that one up a bit - something like 15-20 amount and 85 for the radius and zero threshold, but painted in selectively.


Jul 07, 2022 at 03:02 AM
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airfrogusmc wrote:
She looks great in B&W


Thank you Allen.



Jul 07, 2022 at 05:48 AM
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jacquesvroom wrote:
Strong stuff, very nice work! 👏👏


Thank you so much Jacques.



Jul 07, 2022 at 05:48 AM
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Peter Figen wrote:
Derek - I think these are really nice. You've captured what certainly seems to be her personality and done it very well. I especially like the direct sun in the second image and how you held the delicate highlight detail. And while I love the first image, I keep wondering if a small amount of Low Amount High Radius USM might pop that one up a bit - something like 15-20 amount and 85 for the radius and zero threshold, but painted in selectively.


Thank you very much Peter. I am thinking you are right.



Jul 07, 2022 at 05:49 AM
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Derek, sometimes the "lightbulb" above our head doesn't come on right away!
I am REALLY liking these in B&W.
I believe I posted some of my ideas about this woman in B&W. I think you proved my theory here.

I always TRY to pre-visualize what I am about to photograph. Many times when I look at the file..it is crap! And sometimes, as above, an alternative process has me adjusting the frame and liking it!
My "trash can" is always full!!!!
Great work here Derek!!
Dan



Jul 07, 2022 at 09:14 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
Derek, sometimes the "lightbulb" above our head doesn't come on right away!
I am REALLY liking these in B&W.
I believe I posted some of my ideas about this woman in B&W. I think you proved my theory here.

I always TRY to pre-visualize what I am about to photograph. Many times when I look at the file..it is crap! And sometimes, as above, an alternative process has me adjusting the frame and liking it!
My "trash can" is always full!!!!
Great work here Derek!!
Dan


Yes indeed Dan, thank you so very much.



Jul 07, 2022 at 12:07 PM
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To thine own self be true.



Jul 07, 2022 at 01:39 PM
 


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I REALLY am liking these Derek!!!!.....AGAIN!
Dan



Jul 08, 2022 at 09:41 AM
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Nice restraint with this series. It's hard to do simple well - number 1 is wonderful! I've read some people trash the Batis 1.8/85 as being too clinical, but this series proves otherwise.


Jul 10, 2022 at 12:38 AM
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RustyBug wrote:


To thine own self be true.


Yes sir.



Jul 10, 2022 at 07:19 AM
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Danpbphoto wrote:
I REALLY am liking these Derek!!!!.....AGAIN!
Dan


Thanks again Dan.



Jul 10, 2022 at 07:19 AM
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nauticaltiger wrote:
Nice restraint with this series. It's hard to do simple well - number 1 is wonderful! I've read some people trash the Batis 1.8/85 as being too clinical, but this series proves otherwise.


Thanks very much. I love all of the Batis lenses.



Jul 10, 2022 at 07:20 AM
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Very strong images and great use of B&W to bring out her personality. Image 4 is my favorite, followed by 1. Thanks for posting!


Jul 15, 2022 at 08:10 AM
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Denverdutchman wrote:
Very strong images and great use of B&W to bring out her personality. Image 4 is my favorite, followed by 1. Thanks for posting!


Thank you so much. Nicole is a truly wonderful subject.



Jul 15, 2022 at 01:06 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Nicole in B&W


Just beautiful..!!


Jul 17, 2022 at 02:10 PM
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Beautifully executed set of portraits. That’s a great lesson to remember, I’m constantly struggling with it myself, stick to what you want to show through your images!


Aug 06, 2022 at 09:58 AM







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