I believe that this lens has a special quality that this image represents well. It is not the fact that the lens can go to f/0.95 (!!!!!!!), as this image was shot at f/2.4.
There are components of this image that can be shot with any approximately 50mm lens. Composition is an example. Love or hate the composition, model etc., it is the qualities of the lens too which I am referring, not the artist.
So one question and one challenge.
Question: What is the special quality?
Challenge: How close can you come? Please post your best image taken in this style.
As much as I like the subject, it does not have the magic of the image above.
Not even close.
I personally dont think its anything to do with the lens other than choosing the right focal length ,subject matter being paramount and then PP
Leica 50mms are also not retrofocus designs since they do not ave a mirror to clear. SLR lenses (for full frame) up to 58mm are usually retrofocus.
I o not ave a noctilux, but the 50/2.0 summicron has the same 'painting' characteristics and I often prefer it's images t the asph Summilux which is a better lens by any measured standard.
Similarly, my 35/2.0 summicron (series 4 which is a symmetrical double gauss design) produces images (of people) that I prefer to my asph 35/2.0 summicron, even though the asph measures slightly better.
all of course IMHO.
The real reason could be related to the reason that despite great effort and expense by large and capable companies, no-ones engines sound like Ferrari's.
Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.
Technically, i find the alteration in dynamic range is very consistent with the "mood" and I like this. But, this is probably not all that difficult to do, given the right model.
And, now that I have spouted off I suppose I have to find a model and shoot something similar.....LOL.
Here is a portrait which has received a lot of comments locally, but is primarily because of the subject. Taken in a Starbucks Coffee with available light.
Now, all that said, I will agree that the lens has to have something to do with the smoothness of the final result. I have noticed that the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art does create more pleasing out of focus edges even shot at f/2.8 than my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 at 50mm. When back at home maybe I'll find something to post.
Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.
But maybe that's just me...
As I remember the "old" days, it was accepted the German glass had better edge contrast, but the Japanese could produce a sharper image.....And, this was apparently due to the source of the materials from which the glass was produced.....
OK, this was only a rumor, from the 1960's.......true or not? Have no idea but its goes along with the idea of micro contrast....
I thought Pistnbroke was talking about the image in the first post, which of course I only have a link to for copyright reasons (Mods, is my assumption correct that I can only post the link, not the script that displays the image in these threads like PAD?).
I though, now why would you have to look at the chest to figure out the gender of that!?!?!?!?
Seriously, I can't even see her chest, but there are some other clues that give away the gender:
(Mods, am I offside here).
So I was thinking, "Hmmm......I wonder if his inability to determine sex effects his wedding photography business?"
But now I get it. Pistnbroke merely missed the point in a big way. I have done that on several occasions here.
So Kenadams, I don't take offense, but I appreciate you thinking of me. You have to be truly arrogant/offensive or "incredibly repeatedly" socially clumsy to give me offense or exasperate me. However, I appreciate that some people may under the same circumstances take offense. I apologize to all of those in advance when I fall into that trap.
So let's get back to the topic. I will be googling "edge contrast" when I can find a few moments.
Yes, the boy is my son. He is 9, though 8 in the picture. His name is Taiki and he is begging me to join Nikon Rumours. He is always reading your guys' posts over my shoulder.