Three portraits using my Sony A7RII
by Carl Fehres
Hey Steve!! I’ve been a long time reader / lurker. I really love the site and the community. I thought I would finally chime in and share some work.
Like many, I’ve gone through many stages over the years shooting different styles and genres. I’ve found my true love with portraits and lifestyle fashion photography. I can’t help but still take the occasional landscape. I really enjoy shooting with both natural and studio lighting.
I’ve been shooting for 10 years or so. I started shooting a Canon DSLR but then took a several film photography classes at the Glassell Studio School in Houston and started to shoot a mix of film and digital. I have to admit I still shoot mostly digital but I have a real love for film. I’ve got my eyes on a Pentax 67II!
Today my primary kit includes:
Sony A7RII with 35, 50 and 85mm F1.4 primes
Leica M6 with 35mm Summicron
Various Profoto gear for studio work
THREE FROM MY SONY A7RII
I love using mirrorless! I love that you can see what you will get before you press the shutter. This really makes it easy to stay in the moment with the model instead of CHIMPING to make sure you got the shot you wanted. I sold all my Canon gear a couple of years ago and I’ve never looked back (reviews here on Steve Huff really helped my decision to try the Sony!)
I’ve had the fortune of working with many very talented models which has been really fun. Here are a few photos from a recent session with Mellisa. https://www.instagram.com/melissangelica/
My most current work can be found on my Instagram feed here: https://www.instagram.com/carlfehres
I’m just now putting together my website at: www.carlfehres.com hopefully getting it done in the next few weeks. Let me know if you are interested in seeing more work or hearing more stories :).
That last picture is just spellbinding. Well done!
Any chance you could share how you processed the file? Bravo once again.
Thank you! The raw file was actually beautiful and easy to work with. I found a spot where we had glow light. I used a VSCO BW400CN preset and then modified it in Lightroom. I further edited for about 3-5 minutes and that’s it. I’m glad to share the original file with you if you like to see what I started with.
Beautiful portraits. Lovey your development and in particular the second shot here! Please submit more portraiture to the site!
Thank you Tom. I’m sure my development mirrors many others here on the site. I’ll submit more. I appreciate your comment!
I love how you played with available light. Nice work!
Thank you Joeri! I’m always on the hunt for interesting light.
Nobody care about body used for this photoshoot.
I’m glad you said that Bane. I do really enjoy the camera but in the end it’s just a tool.
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Lovely photos and nice composition. Can I ask which lens goes with which photo? My guess is 55, 35 and 85 in that order but that doesn’t leave room for the Leica which you say that you used ‘today’…
Thanks ELM. I’m pretty sure I shot all of these with the 50mm F1.4 lens. I didn’t take the Leica out for this shoot unfortunately. I did use all 3 of my primes (35, 50 and 85) during the shoot. I used the 85mm for most of my studio lit shots including this one: https://instagram.com/p/BOR6r8lDoU3/
I have around 10 rolls of film I need to send out for development.. damn.
Beautiful images! Will follow your work on instagram, thanks for the link.
Nice photos, but it’s probably difficult to take a bad shot of a woman like that.
You just need a Sony A7R II to do it !
Really great work, here. My favourite is the first, but the last one is also really good.
I think you are right about mirrorless systems, and I am not surprised that a lot of photographers are thinking the same thing.
Thank you Karim. I’ve been frustrated a few times with the limitations the A7RII has but overall I’m hooked on the mirrorless system. I’m looking forward to Sony’s next release hoping they shore up some of the limitations. There is no way I would use the A7RII for sports photography as it is today. For slow moving portrait sessions it works like a dream for me.
And the first is specially lovely and unusual!
Thank you John. It’s my favorite of the three. I had her moving 1/2″ here and there for several minutes to get the shot I wanted. She just kept laughing in between frames.
Charming. Good composition
The last the best