Come and see the dark beauty…

I met Quinn, a Czech based model, while she was touring The Netherlands for a few shoots. I was quite captivated by her dark vibe and pale skin but again she turned out to be a very kind person and easy to work with. We decided on a boudoir/lingerie themed shoot and she rocked it! While packing my stuff I forgot to bring a softbox with me, still with just the reflector and a grid or just working with the available light we ended up with some very nice results. At one point during the shoot the sun was setting and hitting the window of the room just perfect for a deliberately induced flare, I took a few shots during that short moment and the one shown here is one of my favorite shots of the whole shoot.

For this shoot I used two lenses, my trusty go-to portrait lens: the Fuji xf56mm f/1.2 and the manual Mitakon 35mm f/0.95. The Mitakon is a relative cheap Chinese lens with an amazing light capturing ability. Shooting this lens wide open at f/0.95 is quite difficult as the depth of field is so small plus being a manual lens focussing can be a challenge. The Fuji camera aids in this by providing “focus peaking” which works wonders when you set your camera to black and white. When you focus, colored lines will appear on edges, these indicate what is in focus. Together with the zoom function of the focus point the chances of taking an in-focus photo increase drastically. It is a small wonder this little lens, I enjoy shooting with it very much and for portraits it produces beautiful bokeh.