People Portraits: Eilidh

Last year it felt like I had completely lost my mojo for taking photos, and this year I wanted to change that. Rather than relying on travel pictures to scratch the itch, I’ve gone back to something I used to enjoy the most: portraits. This time, I’ve taken a different approach than usual, shooting on digital (Sony A7) rather than film, with a selection of weird and wonderful old manual focus lenses.

Eilidh kindly lent me her face for an afternoon a couple of weeks ago, braving the torrential rain and putting up with my complete lack of direction. A few of these have already been posted (in this post), but below is the final set that made the cut.

Editing Process


Helios 44

Photo Editing Workflow

Helios 44 Portrait

Eilidh - Portrait

Helios 44 portait

5 thoughts on “People Portraits: Eilidh

  1. Lovely photos!
    I wonder if you have posted anywhere what set of lenses you used for this series. One of the photos looks like what happens when you use a Zenit lens. This one:

    Take a look at the samples gallery for the Zenit 85mm 1.5:

    1. Thanks man! And very well spotted… this set was shot with an early Helios 44 lens (the silver one with 13 aperture blades). The bokeh is similar to that produced by the Helios 40-2 85mm f1.5. I just got one of them from Ukraine as well actually, though it’s the original M42 version, rather than the more modern Zenit branded one 🙂

      1. Nice! That’s a very distinct look, you can’t miss it once you’ve seen it once. I just thought there may be a similar lens 🙂

  2. These are 💯 – well done

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