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The Cooke Optics PS 945 Portrait Lens

      This lens is the return of the Pinkham & Smith Visual Quality IV; multicoated and in a modern shutter, this 229mm lens is intended for 4x5 Large Format.   The 'Portrait' moniker is somewhat misleading, the lens can be spectacular stopped down in a rendering of still life, or landscapes, anything.   Credit Barbara Lowry and the folks at Cooke Optics for producing this lens, now a legend, which was based on a legend, the Pinkham & Smith, which in turn was used by legendary artists like Alvin Langdon Coburn to create dreams.

     I used the Cooke PS945 on this 'Portrait of Dayna', to do what I could to 'play up' the bright and uplifting personality of Dayna who transmits a 'feelgood' quality of warmth when you're in her presence.  She has the most beautiful skin, and a delightful smile that seems to come from within, and I tried my best to play this up, and not mess up on my end.

     This was shot w/the one and only HP5, using what is commonly known as 'Butterfly' lighting('over and under'), and shot at not quite wideopen, but almost.



Posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at 12:59PM by Registered CommenterJonathan Brewer in , | Comments4 Comments | References4 References

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Hi Jonathan,
That is an absolutely perfect image and typical "Jonathan-style". For me that’s one of your best ones. My congratulations on this!
stefan d

October 3, 2007 | Registered CommenterStefan D

Thanks for the kind words Stefan. I've got to give quite a bit of credit to Dayna, who could hold a very convincing pose/expression, and in absolutely the exact same position, for as long as it took me to get the shot.

Also, I didn't do any coaching in terms of the expression you see here, it was all her.

Take care

October 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan Brewer

Thanks for sharing the great image Jonathon. I have alway been curious as to the similarities of the 9" Verito I have and the Pinkum Smith. Jim did a comparison on his website of a 13" [?] Verito and PS and on screen they seem to have a very similar quality. I prefer my Verito closed down just a little as it is so very glowy :) wide open. There is a very real skill involved in finding the correct settings for these particular lenses.

October 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Nicholls

Suddenly the room was brighter! Her smile did it.

October 3, 2007 | Registered CommenterJim Galli

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