Dolled Up


The wife and I recently met up again with Desirae, a good friend and blogger who specializes in vintage fashion. We spent some time strolling through Golden Gate Park with Suki in tow, chatting it up and shooting some photos.

Since this was a casual shoot, I decided to experiment a little more than usual. I shot most of these as either single frames or stitched bokeh panoramas using one of my favorite lenses, the Nikon 135mm f/2 DC. A single speedlight and a small reflector kept things light and portable while serving as an additional lighting option as the sun kept ducking behind scattered clouds.


The other digital in the bag was Fuji’s new X100s. With its built-in neutral density filter and ability to sync with flash at ridiculously high shutter speeds, the camera works wonders with small flash in a bright environment. And those files…goodness. Single SB-910, gelled warm and zoomed to 200mm, firing into a small reflector behind me for these two. Taken at f/2, 1/1000:


The gear:
Nikon D800E + Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC
Fuji X100s
Nikon SB-910, Pocketwizard Plus IIIs

15 thoughts on “Dolled Up

  1. Wow did the lens performance improve with the X100s? I feel like my X100 is much softer close up when wide open.

  2. Pretty, sophisticated, and classy!! Beautiful work, she looks amazing. =) I really love your technique. The first picture is my favorite, she looks straight out of a magazine from the 50s!

  3. I agree with Bridget. That first shot looks like it came right out of the 50’s. Wonderful shot! Thank you for all the information on the shots. I’m a novice at this photography thing.

  4. Logging in to write a blog post of my own, I was so struck by these images. She has a classic look. Love the composition, the colors (and how they play off her eyes), and they way you gave her this very subtle, yet otherworldly essence…

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