Young Artist Redux

I received a few messages on the one image I had previously posted here so I decided to share a few more images from that series.  All shot with the Nikon Df and the Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens.

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Young Artist

My daughter has developed into quite the young artist.  She sketches, draws and paints.  She’s currently very fascinated by Manga and has been doing a lot of sketches influenced by that style.  She’s also learned to ignore dad when he’s got a camera in hand!  I managed to shoot several portraits of her as she was sketching away one day, by the winter light of a northwest facing window.  This image was made with the Nikon Df, a remarkable camera that I will have more to say about in the next few days.  The lens used was the classic Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens.  One of my all-time favorite lenses for Nikon F-mount.  Shot wide open at f/1.2, focus was on the eyelashes, with the rest of the image showing the wonderful out-of-focus rendering that the Noct is so well known for.  RAW conversion using Capture NX 2.4.5.

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As always, comments and critique welcome!

Priya – A Portrait in Monochrome

Nikon D3X + the absolutely fabulous Noct-Nikkor, 58mm f/1.2, shot at f/1.2, by the light of a setting sun.

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Grandpa Harley

Grandpa Harley was a delightful man – he was the epitome of the “old gent”, a true gentleman from an era long gone.  Full of humor, he was quite the raconteur and had many stories accumulated over his nine-plus decades.  He sang, played the violin and the guitar well, and was quite the charmer.  It was very easy to believe all the colorful stories about him in the family, especially the ones which involved his charming the ladies!  This portrait was shot a couple of years ago, at his place in Glennie, northern Michigan.  At that time he was 91.  I had the good fortune of spending a weekend with him.  On this particular afternoon, we were sitting outside on this deck overlooking the lake conversing, even though he was visibly  tired.  I had my camera with me and shot a few portraits, including this one.

He recently passed away, having lived a very full life, at the ripe old age of 94.  It would be a privilege to be so favored by grace and be given that many full decades.  It certainly is a privilege to be a part of his family.  Rest in peace, grandpa Harley.  We miss you.

Nikon D3 + Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 @ 1.2, natural light.