Vivian Maier’esque

Today I watched a new documentary portraying the extraordinary tale of the late photographer Vivian Maier (YouTube link). I learned about Maier and her work late last year, and I have since acquired some books with her photography. She used mainly a RolleiFlex. Her shots are all 1:1 cropped (since the Rollei is a  6×6 film camera) and have this pleasing brownish tint to them. I wanted to recreate the look and feel of these photos, so I took my X-Pro1 to the streets and made a Lightroom preset when I came home.

The X-Pro1 was equipped with the Minolta MC Rokkor-PF 55mm f/1.7 and the following setting was used for .jpeg output:

  • Black and White simulation
  • ISO 200
  • Highlight Tone: +2
  • Shadow Tone +2
  • Auto WB
  • DR 100
  • NR: 0
  • File Format: 1:1
  • Color: 0
  • Sharpness: 0

The lightroom preset is applied to the jpeg files in Lightroom afterwards. You can download the preset HERE

The following images were all shot in the streets of Århus today, using the above method and settings. I tried doing what Maier did; seeing my subject and taking only one shot. I took only 12 shots, since that was the amount of shots in a 120 film roll back then.

Good luck with your Vivian Maier’esque street photography.

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