These photos are from a session at PASM in early April, 2010. I had just gotten my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 lens for doing macro stuff and was anxious to try it out as a portrait lens. As it happens, I wasn’t too crazy about the set they had built for this shoot. The theme was supposed to be Gothic but it didn’t seem very Gothic to me. So it was a good excuse to shoot primarily portrait shots. Model Clarice Lau is a PASM regular and I’ve shot photos of her on several occasions. But after the shoot, when I looked at the pictures, I wasn’t really seeing anything.
Looking at the photos nine months later, I decided to try a few different things in Lightroom to see what I could develop. As one example, this shot had a kind of old-timey feel to me, so I brought it down to black and white and then added a lot of grain, reminding me of something from the days of silent pictures.
Not bad, right? But I wanted something more. I finally found what I was looking for by reducing clarity to -100 and then bumping up both the saturation and the contrast.
I like the warm glow on these shots.
I also found that the tighter I cropped the image, the better it looked to me.
One more shot, a little touch of mystery:
More photos from this session can be found on the Gallery page.