Clarice at PASM

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.



  1. Luke Fisher January 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm #

    The most memorable thing about that photoshoot, for me, was it was the night I was supposed to leave Hong Kong; but, because of a volcano in Iceland, my flight was cancelled and I could make it along to PASM. I agree with what you say about the set, but I like what you have done with your photos.

    • spike January 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

      Yeah, as I was looking through the photos from that day, I have several of you. You look happy in them. Hope to see you looking happy in Hong Kong again!

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