Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pic(k) of the week 3: Mystery girl

Sometimes photo-opportunities present themselves when one does not really expect them...

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a Belgian photographer, who had plans to come to Dubai for a 10 day holiday. After a few emails with UAE tips and tricks for photography, we eventually yesterday ended up going to the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi together. 

2013 Pic(k) of the week 3: Mystery girl

The image above, "Mystery girl", is of the visiting photographer's wife at the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque.  Being a very photogenic model, this proved to be a great opportunity to test my new FujiFilm X-E1 for portrait photography.

After the Black & White conversion, I choose to selectively put back some of the colour in the image; especially of the models red hair and blue eyes.

Pleased with the quality of the resulting image, I would be interested to hear what the blog-readers think...

Image details:
FujiFilm X-E1 with 18-55 lens
ISO 800, 83mm (35mm format focal length), f4.5, 1/1700s
RAW development in Lightroom 4.3
Black & White conversion SilverEfex 2

Remember; "A picture is a secret about a secret, the more it tells you, the less you know" - Diane Arbus



robert quiet photographer said...

Usually I do not like the "selective" colors and B&W. But in this case you worked very well and this portrait has really emotion inside. Well done. By the way it is the first "interesting" portrait I see made with the ex-1, which is a camera I have not (yet) but considering to buy mainly for ambient light portraits. thanks for sharing.

Bjorn Moerman said...

Thanks for the comments! Yes, I'm not a fan of selective colour neither but it seem to work on this one. You are right, not many X-E1 portraits online.

Overall very happy with the camera. Compliments my D800 very well.