Red Riding Hood

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by spatulaboy, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hello picture friends! I would like to share some more of my portrait work with you guys. This was the first shoot from the new year, It was also the first time I've done a shoot with a prominent theme throughout. As the title suggests, we went with Little Red Riding Hood. I wanted to take advantage of the snowfall we had previously and thought the red would pop nicely against the white. Alicia is a model I know and have worked with several times before. My reservation with doing a themed shoot like this was that after a while, every shot will start looking the same. So I tried to have each image stand on its own and I shot mostly with this mindset. However when viewed in its entirety the set does seem a bit disjointed and schizophrenic even, due to the varying styles and looks. I would love to eventually do an editorial style series with an underlying theme/story element and yet have each image be unique on its own. That is quite difficult to do as I am discovering, but since this was my first attempt at it I have learned much and will apply it to future projects.

    Here's the most popular image from the set to start things off:
    261/365 No wolf in sight. by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    That's taken with my Lumix G2 and Olympus 75mm f1.8

    As always I shoot with two bodies, currently the G2 and G5, each with a prime lens attached. Enough has been said about the Olympus 75mm, it is a fantastic lens for portraiture so I really don't need to say much about it. A few more with the Oly:

    Wintry beauty by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Riding Hood by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Glimpse of red by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    The texture of beauty by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Now I normally use my Olympus 45mm f1.8 or Minolta MD 50mm f1.4 to complement my Oly 75. However my 45 has completely stopped working. So I borrowed the Panasonic Leica 45mm f2.8 macro for this shoot. It's not a lens that gets brought up very often and even less so for portraiture. The focal length was right but it's one stop slower than the Oly 45. Can the PL45 handle portrait duty? Surprisingly I used this lens the most on the shoot. Not because I liked it better, but the focal length was ideal for the shots I wanted. Overall I think the lens did well, it has a very different rendering than the Olympus 45. I won't say it's worse, just different. Here are the PL 45 images:

    Through the woods by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Alicia - Red Riding Hood by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Flowing cape by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Heroine by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Little Red by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Forest pose by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Sassy Red by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Mystic Lake by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Fire and Ice by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    I also used the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4 for some environmental shots. I really love this lens. :)

    Grandma's house by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Dark Shadows by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Creepy Red by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    Walk through the shadows by Vincent-F-Tsai, on Flickr

    A quick note about image quality: I think Flickr sharpening makes small/medium images a little 'crunchy' sometimes. Click through if you want to see the full size.

    Questions, comments, suggestions welcome.
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  2. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    Fun stuff
    Like the 4th seems like your the wolf watching that way

    Would be fun to shoot some from kinda within wolfs perspective of stalking red :)
    Some foreground in the way etc... If that makes sense :)
    Kinda like the second to last creepy red :)

    Great place perfect amount of snow etc... :)
  3. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Yeah I know what you mean. Maybe like have her looking back with the cam semi obscured by branches or something.
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  4. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    Yeah :)
    again purely ideas easy to do after the fact :)

    Always thinking I took film study in school so always think even if it does not work kinda thing of ideas good or bad to bounce around :)

    Would almost be fun in some way to get your brain going on idea of something like series like the second to last perspective of stalking each shot getting closer and somehow show just the cape and basket as the last shot :) kinda like the wolf caught red :)
    So first would be furthest to closest :)
    Not sure how not sure it would work but gets the brain thinking :)

    One she never notices the stalking of her
    Idea two first frame or two oblivious then somehow each frame she is more concerned till the last of course :)

    Could almost give two feelings to the viewer
    One come on chick notice !!!! who knows maybe that innocence :)
    Feel scared with her :)