Now That’s True Vintage


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

This is Desirae. She’s a friend, a fellow blogger, and an expert on all things vintage. Met her today out among the rolling hills of San Francisco to do a brief one-hour photo shoot. Seeing her step out of her front door immediately blasted me straight into the 1950’s. With perfect afternoon weather and a gorgeous model to work with, I was feeling pretty good about the shoot right from the start.


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Desirae’s outfit is remarkable, not only because of its 1950’s styling, but because everything she has on is truly vintage, as in made 60+ years ago. Even her stockings are true vintage. Seriously, she’s that good!


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII

We originally planned to head to some specific and well known places in the city, but since we only had an hour to work with, we decided to just explore her own neighborhood on foot and make images along the way. Since I JUST finished this shoot only hours ago, I’ll need some time to process the images, but here’s a brief sampling from the time we spent together. Enjoy!


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII


Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 VRII

On a side note, I used my new 24-120 f/4 VR for most of the shoot and was so very impressed by its performance. The images from it have such great contrast and the range was perfect for both wide and tight portraiture.

As I mentioned, Desirae is an avid blogger with a truly interesting site called Ruby’s Rose. The blog is a fictitious diary of a girl living in the 1950s, and it strictly adheres to events that occurred during that decade in real time. It’s really fascinating, so check it out at rubysrose.blogspot.com

Also, see more images from the shoot on my gallery page at www.jonathanflemingphotography.com!

12 thoughts on “Now That’s True Vintage

  1. wow Jon, these are amazing and I luv the flavor you gave in post processing. The 1st two shots with the flares are perfect and also luving the 3rd with the shadow! But all in all just a wonderful session!!

  2. Jon! nice work bud keep it up. The last image is my fave. All are good but I think you really tapped into who she is with that hot. the lighting is RIGHT on great work man.

  3. Great photos!

    Just one question of a non-pro 🙂 How do you manage to get so compelling results shooting in front light ( the first two shots are taken against direct sun and the girl still perfectly lit; how is that possible at all 🙂 )?

    Thanks,
    Andrey

    1. Andrey,

      I got exposure on my subject in those images by using an off-camera flash unit to light my model. She would have been a black silhouette without that flash firing on her =)

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