Lawson | Nemesis

Lawson | Nemesis, originally uploaded by bang*.

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Super simple, super relaxed portfolio shoot with Lawson of Nemesis Agency Manchester.

Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f1.4
LR3, VSCO (Portra 400+ (edit) | TriX + (edit))

Not sure why but the 1Diii is my Canon of choice at the moment. I’ve always preferred it to the 5Dii but that full frame pixel count is always alluring. The files from the 1D just seem better to me, I can get them looking exactly how I want in very (two clicks and I’m done) little time. Plus there’s always a focus point where I need one.
Take the shot on the right above for example. Super clean, super bright, skin tone bang on but everything with that soft pastel vibe I seem to dig.
So I guess the 5 can stay sat in the Peli case ready as a willing back-up.

For the folk who like to know what gear is used for photos my go to gear is currently;

Canon 1Diii
Sigma 50mm f1.4
Canon EF 35mm f2

Plus a big reflector.

Sure the bag also holds my precious but that isn’t really the money camera.

A little on VSCO at the end but now for some more photographs.

Lawson | Nemesis

Lawson | Nemesis

Lawson | Nemesis

So a quick note on post production. I’m coming around to the VSCO film kit. I’m not totally happy with the preset looks but after a little reworking I’ve got them looking how I like. I think the main thing to remember is that these are subtle presets and not those make a rubbish shot look like it’s some kind of art work trash. If you have a well exposed, well lit, colour balanced shot and you want to give it a little eek towards film stock colours then VSCO is your ticket.
So thankfully the old adage still remains, get it right in camera.
I’ve tried Nik Color Efex, which for what I want it to do is large a plug in. It has “filmy” looks but to me they’re a little over done (one reader may well be nodding at this with a little smirk on his face after he stated that very same thing to me a while back). Plus I also use Silver Efex, which is real nice and if I want to go to town with a B&W conversion this is still my weapon of choice.

2 thoughts on “Lawson | Nemesis

  1. just to let you know I actually read your blog: I’m indeed smirking right now! 😉

    SEP and VSCO are great companions, aren’t they?
    I really like the look you get out of the presets, and I also like to see you using the EF 35mm/F2.0 – gotta love this screaming little shard. when used on the 5D, it almost makes me want to sell my ZUIKO 35mm/F2.0 since it gives a very similar “old school” look. not sure if I’ll keep my EF 35mm/F1.4 L, great lens but it renders “too perfectly/clean” for what I’m doing with the 5D…

  2. Love these Mark. And you’re right: that soft pastel vibe is something you get just right. Thanks for letting us all peek in your camera bag, as well as into your post-processing kit. You’re making me miss Portra with those edits…..

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