Captive Subjects

Sometimes, I will photograph mannequins in downtown boutique storefronts. They can be almost like photographing people, but, they won’t get uncomfortable, or feel awkward having their photo taken. More importantly, they can be great test subjects for exposure, contrast, color accuracy, and composition. And, the windows they are behind can add some great imagery through reflections. These were photographed late in the day, in downtown Fitchburg. Shack’s was the store. The Canonet QL17 G-III, and Portra 400.


I think they were going for a late 60’s Mad Men era look here.

Sometimes, you never know what you’ll get in the reflections. As in the shot below.

That's a street sweeper being reflected on the glass.

That’s a street sweeper being reflected on the glass.

The following shot was taken with an almost wide open aperture.

Born To Be Wild

Born To Be Wild

The street curb showed up as a reflection here.


Achieving shallow DOF is somewhat tricky on the Canonet. When it works, it really looks nice.

Yes, they are pale. But, they do keep their poses.


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