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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Hi All,

If interested, I want to share my first fashion editorial using my new Nikon D800 for the November Issue of Harper's BAZAAR. For most of the 10 page editorial I used the Nikkor 85mm f1.8G lens as well as the Nikkor 50mm f1.8G for another one.

In all cases, all of the images were shot wide open at f1.8.

Link to the video and all of the images here:

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/z0s2

Thanks
Ben

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kristina-Salinovic-Benjamin-Kanarek-Harpers-BAZAAR-Espanol-6.jpg

Oct 29 13 10:43 am Link

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MMDesign

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Louisville, Kentucky, US

Good stuff. The decapitated bear costume with the two holes was a bit weird though.

Oct 29 13 10:50 am Link

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Bryan Benoit

Posts: 2106

Miami, Florida, US

Very nice

Oct 29 13 10:58 am Link

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1472

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Pembroke Pines, Florida, US

Bryan Benoit wrote:
Very nice

Very very nice

Oct 29 13 10:59 am Link

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DAVfoto

Posts: 2324

New York, New York, US

I like it alot, I haven't seen much lately editorial wise that has made me impressed

Oct 29 13 01:21 pm Link

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Marin Photography NYC

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New York, New York, US

Awesome!

Oct 29 13 01:27 pm Link

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Jonathan M Hughes

Posts: 48

Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

nice one ~ congrats

Oct 29 13 01:34 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Thanks a lot all! smile

Oct 29 13 01:54 pm Link

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BodyIndustry

Posts: 269

Washington, District of Columbia, US

Very Nice!

Oct 29 13 02:03 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12825

Atlanta, Georgia, US

I like, different from a lot of your other work.  So what inspired the change or the look on this one?  Lets here some background

Oct 29 13 02:11 pm Link

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Christopher Hartman

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Buena Park, California, US

You have likely been asked this a million times.

Do you shoot NEF/RAW?  If yes, do you use Nikon's Capture or View to process your files or another converter?

If you do use Nikon's software, how much adjusting do you do, if anything, to get the color/toning/etc?  Or is this pretty much straight from camera as far as that is concerned?

Oct 29 13 02:23 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Christopher Hartman wrote:
You have likely been asked this a million times.

Do you shoot NEF/RAW?  If yes, do you use Nikon's Capture or View to process your files or another converter?

If you do use Nikon's software, how much adjusting do you do, if anything, to get the color/toning/etc?  Or is this pretty much straight from camera as far as that is concerned?

Yes I shoot NEF/RAW and for this used Adobe Camera Raw CS6. Used Adobe Bridge for this shoot. But for my last shoot used Capture One. No processing during the shoot. Only when doing post prod after the shoot and the edits are done.

Oct 29 13 02:35 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

AJScalzitti wrote:
I like, different from a lot of your other work.  So what inspired the change or the look on this one?  Lets here some background

Wanted to concentrate on the fashion the girl and the ambiance and now that my camera actually does focus where I want it to, I decide to bite the bullet and shoot everything wide open which I love. We did use a silver reflector.

My last system wasn't famous for accurate focussing...

Oct 29 13 02:36 pm Link

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PitchBlack

Posts: 81

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nice work. Nikon is coming out with a 58mm/1.4 in the near future and the sample shots looks quite nice and the out of focus areas have a really lovely feel about them. I'm not a big fan of the current Nikon offerings in the ~50mm range, but you've obviously made them work for you. Cheers.

Oct 29 13 02:48 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

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Paris, Île-de-France, France

mark polo wrote:
Nice work. Nikon is coming out with a 58mm/1.4 in the near future and the sample shots looks quite nice and the out of focus areas have a really lovely feel about them. I'm not a big fan of the current Nikon offerings in the ~50mm range, but you've obviously made them work for you. Cheers.

This was shot with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 G series lens:

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kristina-Salinovic-Benjamin-Kanarek-Harpers-BAZAAR-Espanol-1.jpg

Oct 29 13 03:01 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6689

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Benjamin Kanarek wrote:

This was shot with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 G series lens:

Dear people who keep saying 50/1.8s are pieces of junk and nobody should ever consider using them in a professional capacity,

Suck it.

Oct 29 13 03:56 pm Link

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J O H N A L L A N

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Santa Ana, California, US

Really nice work. I particularly like the shot posted at the top of the thread.

Oct 29 13 04:03 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12825

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Benjamin Kanarek wrote:

Wanted to concentrate on the fashion the girl and the ambiance and now that my camera actually does focus where I want it to, I decide to bite the bullet and shoot everything wide open which I love. We did use a silver reflector.

My last system wasn't famous for accurate focussing...

True, and I can't argue with the results.  Looking forward to what you do next

Oct 29 13 04:06 pm Link

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LA StarShooter

Posts: 1866

Los Angeles, California, US

I am always glad to see your posts. In this case it is good to see the d800 used in a field that interests me by a very good photographer and to get an idea of its tonality, which helps me to decide if I am going to rent it for a shoot in the near future.

Oct 29 13 04:25 pm Link

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Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

I like the blurry light fading thing from the sides of the pics, as if the viewer is on the other side of a window looking in. I love how you use these abstract modifiers to your advantage to tell a story

Oct 29 13 04:41 pm Link

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DLH Photo

Posts: 338

Seattle, Washington, US

Great work Benjamin!

Thanks for sharing.

Oct 29 13 04:44 pm Link

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925 image

Posts: 284

Martinez, California, US

nice, love them

Oct 29 13 04:56 pm Link

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KungPaoChic

Posts: 3084

West Palm Beach, Florida, US

Gorgeous

Always enjoy seeing your work

Oct 29 13 05:03 pm Link

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Rich Arnold Photography

Posts: 941

Los Angeles, California, US

Really like the last shot with the blurry Eiffel Tower. Good stuff. She's in sharp focus so was that blur simply the result of being wide open or......?

Oct 29 13 05:23 pm Link

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Dan Brady

Posts: 610

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

-JAY- wrote:

Dear people who keep saying 50/1.8s are pieces of junk and nobody should ever consider using them in a professional capacity,

Suck it.

hahaha. spot on!

Oct 29 13 06:13 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

-JAY- wrote:

Dear people who keep saying 50/1.8s are pieces of junk and nobody should ever consider using them in a professional capacity,

Suck it.

Very Funny LMAO!!! :-)

The 50mm 1.8 G is an amazing lens and is sharp wide open...

Oct 29 13 06:19 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Another sample Nikkor 85mm f1.8G at f1.8.

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kristina-Salinovic-Benjamin-Kanarek-Harpers-BAZAAR-Espanol-3.jpg

Oct 29 13 06:20 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

LA StarShooter wrote:
I am always glad to see your posts. In this case it is good to see the d800 used in a field that interests me by a very good photographer and to get an idea of its tonality, which helps me to decide if I am going to rent it for a shoot in the near future.

You'll LOVE the dynamic range as well, especially at 100 iso.

Oct 29 13 06:23 pm Link

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The Signature Image

Posts: 12055

Gorham, Maine, US

Well done, sir. Congratulations.

Oct 29 13 06:25 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Rich Arnold Photography wrote:
Really like the last shot with the blurry Eiffel Tower. Good stuff. She's in sharp focus so was that blur simply the result of being wide open or......?

Broken glass in front of lens causing blur as well as distortion from the sun refracting off of it.

Oct 29 13 06:26 pm Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Another sample:

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kristina-Salinovic-Benjamin-Kanarek-Harpers-BAZAAR-Espanol-4.jpg

Oct 30 13 09:39 am Link

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Fred Greissing

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Los Angeles, California, US

Benjamin Kanarek wrote:
Wanted to concentrate on the fashion the girl and the ambiance and now that my camera actually does focus where I want it to, I decide to bite the bullet and shoot everything wide open which I love. We did use a silver reflector.

This is an interesting point.Shooting wide open produces a very distinct look.
Consistent and accurate focus when shooting wide open is very important so as to shoot less and not waste any perfect moments to focus inaccuracy.

It's so nice to have such high sensor quality and focusing accuracy in one package.

It's ironic that Medium Format Digital is touted for the shallow depth of field look, yet
none of the cameras have either a viewfinder or focusing system that is accurate enough to really use these systems wide open. Not to mention that 35mm DSLR lenses offer shallower depth of field.

The new Sony a7 cameras take AF one step furthur with on sensor focusing and faster live view mode shooting.

Oct 30 13 10:19 am Link

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Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5209

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Congrats Benny - wonderful shots. smile

Oct 30 13 10:25 am Link

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Lee K

Posts: 2411

Palatine, Illinois, US

-JAY- wrote:
Dear people who keep saying 50/1.8s are pieces of junk and nobody should ever consider using them in a professional capacity,

Suck it.

Exactly.  The 50mm 1.8G is simply amazing.  Kills any canon 50 including the 1.2 if you ask me (only one that has no focusing issues), especially when price is considered.  Yes I've owned them all, and yes I was a "lifelong" Canon shooter that never thought I'd own a Nikon.

Oct 30 13 11:10 am Link

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Benjamin Kanarek

Posts: 2713

Paris, Île-de-France, France

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Congrats Benny - wonderful shots. smile

Thanks Drew! smile

Oct 30 13 02:16 pm Link

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London Fog

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London, England, United Kingdom

Lee K wrote:
Exactly.  The 50mm 1.8G is simply amazing.  Kills any canon 50 including the 1.2 if you ask me (only one that has no focusing issues), especially when price is considered.  Yes I've owned them all, and yes I was a "lifelong" Canon shooter that never thought I'd own a Nikon.

How is a 'made in china' lens better than a 1200.00 top spec Japan made workhorse lens, you can prove this yes?

...and yes, great work as ever Benjamin!

Oct 30 13 02:21 pm Link

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Rik Williams

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Bravo Benjamin!

Oct 30 13 02:24 pm Link

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1472

Posts: 1059

Pembroke Pines, Florida, US

-JAY- wrote:

Dear people who keep saying 50/1.8s are pieces of junk and nobody should ever consider using them in a professional capacity,

Suck it.

QFT

Exactly.

Oct 30 13 02:26 pm Link

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WIP

Posts: 15537

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Can anyone tell it's been shot on a Nikon D800 ?

Oct 30 13 02:44 pm Link

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London Fog

Posts: 6770

London, England, United Kingdom

I like that slightly 'grainy film' look on shots 1, 3 and 4 Benjamin, the retouching work looks very natural too.

Great job!

Oct 30 13 02:50 pm Link