My portrait work with m43. Part 2

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by spatulaboy, May 11, 2015.

  1. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hi there fellow photographers and artists. My name is Vin and I enjoy using my micro four thirds camera both professionally as well as casually. I posted a thread last year featuring some of my portraiture. You can see it here: There was a little bit of drama last time, but generally everyone on this forum was quite friendly and well behaved (that's why rocks).

    I have not been as prolific in my photography in the past months but I am getting back into it. This is really to showcase some of my work since the last post. Just to clarify, I am not in anyway trying to 'prove' that one format is better than some other format. I just want to show what these cameras we use are capable of. I enjoy intelligent discussion and meaningful critique, so do not be shy. But please let's keep it civil. :thumbup:

    If you would like to see more of my work, please visit my website:
    Or add me to flickr! I love keeping up with everyone's photography:

    Let's start with this image, one of my favorites.
    329/365 The sad reality
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    I enjoy using various framing elements in my portraiture, and love to play with reflections when I have a chance.

    Here is another one using reflections to add an extra layer of drama and storytelling to the portrait.
    A world away
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Speaking of framing elements, I do this a lot!
    Seeing you
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Natural Beauty
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Urban portrait
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    And then I saw her face
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Behind bars 3
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    306/365 Spring Beauty
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    If you haven't noticed, I love shooting on location. Backgrounds however, can often end up distracting, but used properly can really enhance a portrait.

    Walk through the shadows
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    The place lights up...
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Man on the move 4
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Urban Style
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Hmm... a thread about portraiture and I haven't even mentioned bokeh. :p I'll admit I'm a sucker for it if done right. Someone said negative space is not a part of a composition but honestly I think it can have a character of it's own and really add to the feel of an image.

    The stare
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    337/365 The color of spring
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Blue scarf
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    I tend to do a lot of head shots these days, and I've been experimenting with closer and closer crops.

    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Lena in hat
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Of course, I won't shy from a full body shot if the situation requires it. ;-)

    261/365 No wolf in sight.
    by Vincent Tsai, on Flickr

    Thank you all for sticking around through this. I know gear discussions are usually the most popular but I've purposely avoided mentioning the gear I use in each shot. I think this lets everyone focus on the image and not be obsessed with what gear did what. Anyways you could always click through and see all the info on flickr. I will say these are all taken with my Panasonic G2 and G5s with various native and adapted lenses. Please feel free to comment below. I love getting feedback, I think often we are so immersed in our own work, and could use a bit of perspective. Happy shooting guys!
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  2. shermanshen

    shermanshen Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2014
    Really great pictures! These are inspiring portraits, and it gives me something to think about the next time I shoot. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. Clicka

    Clicka Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2014
    Peter Campbell
    Terrific work.
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  4. TwoWheels

    TwoWheels Mu-43 Top Veteran

    May 28, 2014
    British Columbia
    Those are really beautiful shots! Nothing more to say...
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  5. BLX

    BLX Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    I always enjoy your work Vin - all excellent :2thumbs:
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  6. rezatravilla

    rezatravilla Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2013
    Reza Travilla
    may i know what lenses do you using Vin? :)
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  7. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
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  8. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    I use the Olympus 75mm f1.8, 45mm f1.8, PL 25 f1.4, Sigma 60mm f2.8, and sometimes the Minolta MD 50mm f1.4. Most of the examples shown here are done with the Oly 75 and Sigma 60. I can't say enough good things about the Sigma!
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  9. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    inspiring and beautiful stuff!
    u mentioned neg space and uses that alot here. for me its about the balance in the pic. its so easy to get things unbalanced and its also a matter of taste. u succeeded with most of that here, but thrre were a couple that I should have weighted different. but I guess every eye is different. btw, u stired up my gas against that siggy60... :)
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  10. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    More Red Riding-hood please.
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  11. ean10775

    ean10775 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 31, 2011
    Cleveland, Ohio

    While I've seen all these images before since I follow your Flickr, I appreciate the commentary and looking at them again I noticed and have more appreciation for the thought you put into the background elements in your composition - perhaps my favorite being the background in 'the place lights up' with the layers of diagonals contrasted with the horizontal elements.
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  12. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    It's the Indian not the arrow. Nice work. Love them.
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  13. greenjp

    greenjp Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    May 15, 2014
    G2 and G5, love it. I won't take a picture like any of these with the greatest camera available 10 years from now :biggrin:

    Do you mind sharing a bit about how you achieve that hazy look, seen in pictures 6, 7, 10, and 11?

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  14. Ccasey

    Ccasey Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 29, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Jeez. Sometimes "Like" just isn't enough. Not anywhere close. Really nice stuff, Vincent!
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  15. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Yes it's probably not everyone's cup of tea. Which ones do you think are unbalanced?
  16. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 12, 2012
    the stare and blue scarf. but hey, it's not my way to be picky, hope u dont get offended. it's all very small snd subtle changes that does it and probably it's all just in my head. :)
  17. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    I love your work. :bravo-009:
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  18. Etude

    Etude Long Exposure Addict

    Jun 24, 2013
    Nice works Vincent. Together with Max, both of you inspire me to attempt portrait shoots, a genre I yet to try.
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  19. Richella

    Richella The Wandering Scotsman

    Aug 21, 2011
    Kuala Lumpur
    Fantastic set of portraits. I'm a fan of the tightly cropped head shots. There is something about tight head shots which draws me into the photo. I think it is the elimination of distraction and focus on the eyes. Sure someone once the eyes are the gateway to the soul. Maybe it's that
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  20. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Really digging that third image alot. Nice work.
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