Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk – Austin, Texas

For my third and last featured model, we have Sophia. As with all my pictures during this Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk, I shot with the Sony 24mm f2.8. As I mentioned in my earlier posts, while this is not a typical portrait lens, I came to embrace its wide-angle properties. That day, I learned a lesson — not to pigeonhole lenses for specific functions. Using unexpected focal lengths can shake up predisposed assumptions and produce creative images.

Like many of the portraits in this series, we start on the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge with the Austin skyline in the background. I’m happy that Austin’s architecture has evolved from the plain rectangular boxes. The new shapes, especially the triangular sail-shaped building, add much-needed interest. Of course, Sophia is the subject in the picture with her Mona Lisa-like smile.

Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk - Austin, Texas

I’m still trying to figure out the balance of portraits when the subject should look directly into the camera versus looking away. I prefer them looking into the camera. However, in a class I took, the instructor mentioned that when the subject looks into the distance, it turns the picture from a portrait into a story.

Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk - Austin, Texas

It took me a few minutes to recognize Sophia, whom I’d met before during a Precision Camera event. The last time I saw her, she had long hair and a cowboy outfit. That was nearly a year and a half ago and I even used a different camera back then. Instead of my current Sony A7C, I used my Fujifilm GFX 50S II.

Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk - Austin, Texas

Sophia, Fujifilm + Luminar Photo Walk - Austin, Texas

The Seaholm development repurposed an unused power plant into offices but left many external mechanical details intact. The staircase created a wonderful and unique element for portraits. I shot some establishing shots in a geometric style created by the staircase’s diagonal.

I then shot close-ups through the staircase. I’ve mentioned the challenge of wide-angle distortion in portraits using a 24mm. In the last picture, Sophia’s face looks great, located towards the center of the frame. However, look at her unusually long right arm, a distortion created by the lens. The picture works because many won’t notice her limbs, but a distorted face would not work as well.

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