Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/10/21

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Subject: [Leica] W--I--D--E Portraits
From: locke at (Greg Locke)
Date: Thu Oct 21 12:53:21 2004


You are, of course, right ...and needless to say, placement of the subject
is critical.  One foot out of place and it won't work.

The point of using a wide lens in portraiture is to give context to the
It is borne from editorial and documentary photography more than "painterly"
classical portraits.

When a lot of corporate clients started hiring editorial shooters for
corporate and "annual report" work, due to the less static and more fluid
and dynamic style the "commercial" photographers, the style carried over.

Here is a small example

...and I think I need to rescan all the picture on this site now ....

If I recall (it was a few years ago) this was shot with a Leica and
definitly Fujichrome 100 in mixed light.
Daylight from the windows.
Flourescent from behind and overhead
Tungstun in the background
...and a Speedotrons to take out the shadows.

Here is another. Vertical this time and with extra head space for magazine

I LOVE a lighting challenge!

Greg Locke
St. John's, Newfoundland
Independent journalism from
Newfoundland & Labrador

> -----Original Message-----
> From: 
> [] On 
> Behalf Of feli
> Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 5:11 PM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: Re: [Leica] Leica back in action
> On Oct 21, 2004, at 12:09 PM, Greg Locke wrote:
> > I guess you would not like my 21mm portraits :^)
> >
> >'s my favourite portrait lens.  ...but there is a trick to it.
> >
> > Greg Locke
> Ok, let me elaborate. I believe that because of the nature of 
> wideangle lenses it is more difficult to take a shot of a 
> person, without distortion etc., than with a more normal 
> lens. Of course sometimes that's exactly the effect you want.
> I find that a lot of wide angle shots lack focus. People tend 
> to cram too much in to the frame and the shotstend to 'fish' 
> or shooter fall prey to the wideangle effect, which becomes 
> tiring after a while. Of course that doesn't mean it can't done.
> My two cents.
> Feli
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