Carl Zeiss C Sonnar 1.5/50: Portrait Work

This may be the perfect lens for female portraits. (I say female here, as I like male portraits to show more detail in the hair and skin pores and like just a bit of softness to female portraits.) The above photo of my baby girl was taken with overcast skies, mid-day.  This was wide open at 1.5 @ 1/4000 second ISO 160.

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How To: Illuminate Portraits with Headlights

I really enjoy lighting subjects with non-traditional lighting. After years of playing with off-camera lighting in the traditional ways, I began to think a little outside the box. What's more non-traditional than using car headlights for portraits? I had seen examples from other photographers doing this in the past and began playing around with several subjects. The headlights give some unique challenges that aren't the easiest to avoid, so here are some tips I have gathered over the past few months.

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Carl Zeiss 1.4/85 Review

After such an amazing response to my Carl Zeiss 2/35 review this weekend (and thanks to the article being posted by Carl Zeiss Lenses on Twitter and Facebook), I thought a review of the gorgeous Planar T* 1.4/85 was in line. Though this will by no means be a technical review, it'll be my impressions about using this lens (mainly for portraits). This lens ranks #1 in looks of any piece of glass I have held in my life. But this slice of heaven goes well beyond looks. Of my three CZ lenses in my bag, this is another almost permanent mount on my Nikon D700 (second only to the mind bogglingly amazing CZ 2/35). When I am not using my 2/35, chances are pretty good I am using my 1.4/85. And though I use this mainly for portrait work - don't limit yourself just to that. This is actually quite the versatile lens.

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