Looks like 5 bucks to me. How the hill did Zeis accept this crap deal?
The lens is one of the best portrait lens available.
it is said that dilated pupils are often a criteria of beauty. and I agree.http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/human-biology/love-make-pupils-dilate1.htm
She looks sick.
it´s also something you get when using flash, unless she´s on drugs wich gives you someting else to wine about.
Advancement in regard of noise Sony has certainly achieved!
So yellow though, so so model.
Studio scene with flash/strobe? The pupils cannot react fast enough so still dilated.
There is a cut on her lips.
What is going on with this model's pupils? Seriously. She looks fixed and dilated. Have they been badly retouched? Contacts?
Now that you mentioned, I would like to know too. the pupils cannot be so dilated due to low light, because a photo taken with 1/60 at F5.6 and Iso 400 means that there was no low light... Also that point of light in the pupils is a reflection of... what? some kind of flash? please the photographer tell us....
Looking at the original it looks like contacts to me. There's a darker, perfectly round, reflective disc where the middle of her eye should be. If it's retouching it's horrible and also goes against the principle of the site. Thus I am sure it's not and she's just made a very poor choice of eyewear.
All that said, the site owes us an explanation. The eyes are the focus point after all.
See the answer above by Pelasdf or buy any good book on studio portraiture. As he mentioned, what's happening is the pop of the flash happens so fast the eyes don't have enough time to adjust so the pupil stays dilated for the exposure. Some portraitists actually shine a flashlight into the model's eyes to reduce the size of the pupils, while others use continuous lighting.
An explanation from DPR? I guess they assume that as photographers you would be aware of this phenomenon.
Thanks. Studio portraiture is well out of my wheelhouse. I know a lot of people who do it but have never observed this artifact before. It's awful. Funny too. My eyes close as fast as any flash. I am surprised this works this way.
You are dead on...the eyes have been badly retouched...
We never process OOC JPEGs, never crop and also never retouch any image samples. As a photographer its one of the 'pleasures' of working at dpr. You submit straight out of the camera results and bask in all the love ;-)
Shouldn't we comment on the camera's visible image quality, instead of the models eyewear? Frankly, the portrait is poorly taken. Joe Gunawan did an excellent portrait with the A99, with the same model and some lighting:http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosiamo/8073363019/in/photostream