Featured: MOTW – Galyna

Featured Model of the Week (“MOTW”) : Galyna

Matthew Osborne Photography – Model Photographer
This is a new feature to share some of my favourite model photography/ fashion and beauty images from a selection of the best models I have had the pleasure of working with over the last few years, both here in the UK and overseas.  Photos have been captured with various camera equipment and you can see the details by clicking on the images.
Model – Galyna
Location – Uzhgorod, Ukraine

I met Galyna when working out in Ukraine in 2011.  She was a friend of a girl I met in the office and the two of them came to my hotel for some photos.  Galyna doesn’t model in Ukraine and works at the University.  That said, she enjoys having her photo taken so every time I was in town we would hook up for photos.  Over the time of knowing her I shot with a Nikon D700, Nikon D800 and on my last trip a Leica M9.  I think my favourite images were those taken with the Nikon D800 and the amazing Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens.  Some of the photos were made with the Lensbaby Edge 80 tilt lens.  I’m sure you can spot them!

I hope to meet up with Galyna again soon and visit Ukraine next year.  I love Ukraine.  It reminds me of the UK in the 1980s bringing back memories from my childhood.  I love the old cars and the famous Lada!  My first car was a Lada Niva Cossack 4×4 which I had for 6 years.  Amazing car full of character!  I would have one again tomorrow if I could afford a ‘Sunday’ car!  I like the old buildings in Ukraine and the general less developed feel to parts of the country.  It make for an amazing backdrop for photos.  A high percentage of Ukrainian girls could probably model here in the UK as they have the tall slim genes like Galyna.  That and the fact that Ukrainian women dress to impress, whether for work or a night out.  The clothes some girls wore in the office looked similar to what we would see in a nightclub in the UK!  Quite a distraction!  I was amazed there were not more car crashes!!

Here are a few photos from my trips, 2011-2013.

2012 REPOST: Nikon D800 + Samyang 85mm f1.4 Fashion
Galyna with Edge 80
Galyna with Edge 80
Lensbaby Edge 80
Window Light
Galyna SOOC
Leica M9 & VC Nokton 40/1.4
Galyna, Ukraine
Galyna, Uzhgord. Ukraine
Galyna, Ukraine, 1/10 handheld
High Key Portrait
Leica M9 + VC Nokton 40mm f1.4 Portrait
Natural Beauty - Galyna
Galyna SOOC, ISO 2500

I hope you liked them!

Look out for my “MOTW” blog posts for more model photography photos going forward!
Thanks
Matt
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Samyang 24mm f1.4 on D800

Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens

Here are some Fashion Photography / Model Photography example photos using the less known, less raved about, less sharp Samyang 24mm f1.4 lens using my Nikon D800 DSLR in my Coventry UK, studio.

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Compared to it’s big brother, the Samyang 85mm f1.4 super sharp manual focus lens, and it’s equally capable siblings, the Samyang 35mm f1.4 and Samyang 14mm f2.8, the 24mm does struggle to compete in terms of sharpness shot wide open. Stopped down a little however, it can produce some very sharp, very rewarding images with a useful focal length for tighter spaces.

I have found it useful for wedding photography when there is not much space and for getting close to your subject as shown in the example below to create a nice shallow DOF.

Here is another example, this time shot at f1.4 using available light

Model Photography

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Example with model Georgie

Samyang 24/1.4

Model – Charlotte

Light & Shadows

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Samyang 85mm f1.4 Stopped Down

Samyang 85mm f1.4 – Stopped Down

I tend to shoot the Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens wide open at f1.4 as it is sharp enough to use for paying clients. It is also much sharper than my Nikkor 85/1.4D that I found I had to use at f2.

In this photo of Polish model Nella I had the Samyang 85/1.4 stopped down at f4 and it is crazy sharp yet still creates a nice shallow DOF. Great lens and one of my favourites on the Nikon D800.

I increased the sharpness and contrast of my D800 B&W JPEG in PP but the eye detail is as shot. A credit to the very reasonably priced manual focus Korean lens.

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Discussion Shared from LinkedIn – Can Lenses Be To Sharp For Portraits?

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Discussion – Can Lenses Be To Sharp For Portraits?

LinkedIn Original Discussion Thread

I just replied to the above thread and I thought you may find the topic of interest and the details below of potential use.  Here was my reply:

“As for sharp lenses for portraiture, I specialise in female portraits and have used some of the best and sharpest lenses for Nikon, Leica and medium format Contax 645, Mamiya RZ67 and more.

A point was raised above Can a lens be too sharp for a flattering portrait? Answer Yes I think so. I aim to get my photos correct in camera so rarely airbrush a pimple unless a one off special photo. If you pose and light them well initially you can normally cover most of the imperfections. I also do not have time to remove every wrinkle. I cringe when I see a pore free texture free airbrushed portrait. They can look awful if done badly.

So back on topic.. lenses being too sharp. Yes they can. Even though I work with the majority of models aged 17yrs to 30yrs some of the lenses I have used will make a face unflattering unless the model has porcelain skin when I can then go all out for sharpness.

List of lenses that can be too sharp for portraits:
Samyang 85mm f1.4 @f1.4 (sharper than Nikon 85mm f1.4D BTW at f1.4)(Great lens!)
Example standing further back, Ukraine
Innocence?
Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens – very very sharp but not fast enough (sold)
Early example with my old Nikon D700
Magdalena (2)
Zeiss ZM Planar 50mm f2 T (on Leica M9)
Example standing further back. F2
Leica M9 - B&W Film Look
Nikkor 35mm f1.4G – super sharp
Example on D800, high key Poland
Aga (2) SOOC with D800
Rollei Planar 50mm f1.8 (Great little lens)(Same as a Zeiss Planar 50mm with different badge)
Example on Nikon D800
Katie, as shot

Lenses for non-perfect skin:
Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s (fantastic lens that gives a dreamy look shot at f1.2 but still sharp)
Example on Nikon D800
Alice SOOC
Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4 (on Leica M9)
Example
Leica M9 B&W Portrait
Lensbaby Edge 80
Example – Kodak Portra 35mm film / Nikon FM
Film Photography Fashion

Lenses that do it all:
Nikkor 200mm f2 AI-s (sharp at f2 yet flattering as shallow DOF)
Example on Nikon FM – 35mm Film photography
Film is NOT Dead - Model Photogaphy
Zeiss Planar 80mm f2 T (on Contax 645 medium format film camera) (very sharp+shallow)
Example – film photography wedding portrait
Contax 645 Wedding Portrait
Mamiya Sekor 110mm f2.8 (on Mamiya RZ67 ProII)(sharp yet shallow DOF)
Example – 6×7 medium format Kodak T-Max film
Film Fashion Photography
Zeiss Pancolar 80mm f1.8 (M42 mount)(Great for portraits)
Example up close on D800
Katie with CZ Pancolar 80/1.8

If you want to see more examples see my blog or Flickr. Many examples of each combination and 99% of the photos on there have not been airbrushed so what you see is what the lens provides”.

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Gallery – Samyang 85mm f1.4

Sadie SOOC.. the Samyang 85/1.4 MF is back! :DRaj's Pre-Wedding Maiya Ceremony YesterdayClosing of the Maiya CeremonyThe Build Up To Raj & Manny's Wedding DaySadie in MonoSadie with Samyang 85/1.4 @1.4
Evening walk through the fields with SadieGalyna, UkraineGalyna, Uzhgord. UkraineUkrainian GoddessInnocence?Galyna in Sepia
Aylona Relaxing on the RiverbankAlyona in MonoWindow LightDancing in the Rain!Olga, UkraineSadie while on walk yesterday
Poonam & Brampal's WeddingShona, EdinburghAlyona, Ukraine SOOCSvitlana, Ukraine SOOCNovember 2012 - WhatDigitalCamera magazineJon & Elizabeth

Nikon D800 + Samyang 85/1.4, a set on Flickr.

Photos with the amazing Korean Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens.  My favourite Samyang lens and favourite 85mm lens. It is sharper than my Nikkor 85mm f1.4D shot wide open at f1.4!

Photos taken with Nikon D800 & Nikon FM SLR film camera. Photos include Model Photography & Wedding Photography / Digital Photography & 35mm Film Photography.

Stopping down the Samyang!

Anyone who has seen my Flickr photos will know I like to shoot lens wide open. That being, at their widest aperture.

My most used 3 lenses for model photography on the Nikon D800 are the Samyang 85mm f1.4, Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s and the Nikkor 200 f2 AI-s. I also use a 35/1.4 and 24/1.4 amongst others.

But.. after all of that I think my taste is evolving.. I stop down the above lenses to meter light for some of the medium format film camera like the Contax 645, Mamiya RZ67 ProII and the Moskva-5. Some of the medium format lens are f3.5 or f4 widest aperture. In this photo I was using the 65mm f4 WA Mamiya Sekor leaf shutter lens so had shot the Samyang at f4 also.

Because medium format lenses give a greater shallow DOF I find myself stopping them down to get extra sharpness yet they are still super shallow.

I think this habit is now transferring back to digital and I find myself shooting the Nikkor 50mm f1.2 at f2.8 or f4.

Another example of model Nella shot with the Samyang 85mm f1.4 at f2.8:
Model Photography

Here Nella with Nikkor 50mm f1.2 AI-s stopped down:
Nella!

It will be interesting to see how my stream looks in 6 months from now..

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