Part 1 of a 3 part shoot.
There is a look that is definitively Leica, no matter how you edit you see it. I have used a lot of different bodies over the years but I use to have to wait to edit to get the level of excitement that I get every time I shoot any of my Leica's. I try to consider carefully before a shoot both which camera am I going to use, what lenses and looks am I going for. For this one, I wanted some wider shots. I leveraged my 24-90 Elmarit alone. With most of the shots taken wide open and pulled back. I then cropped my finals to create the looks. I am reminded how much I miss my 50mm/1.4 Summilux M from Leica (which is in for repairs but maybe I will get lucky and be able to snag the 50mm/1.4 Summilux designed for the SL later this year) because some of the crops look like they would have been perfect at 50mm.
For this shoot I was looking at some old fashion shoots from the late nighties and found a compilation of shots taken in TriBeCa. I also drew on some street shots I saw in the New York Times coverage of Fashion week. This set has everything I love: Old downtown doorways, A busy street, and a wardrobe that would stand out.
For the model I shared some outfit ideas, but I really encouraged her to find her own look. In this first post in the series, it is actually the second outfit we tried. Ireland is tall and slender, but we clipped back the dress strategically so that it would make her look more curvy and composed. We had a fun time dodging cars and getting the occasional thumbs up and even a couple of ladies who yelled a friendly "You wear that dress girl!".
I have shot in this area before but it is really the first time I feel like the outfit and place were in perfect harmony. Let me know what you think.