Just Aperture priority on the D700, no fancy auto modes. It was very bright, hence the fast speeds.
No processing on the first shot really, just desaturated to about 3 in ACR and upped the blacks and contrast a little thats all. I wouldnt have used f/1.4 for that shot usually, but it was a snapshot. I was on the floor about to change lenses and just saw it and snapped. No time to set anything up.
1.)Yes it is softer than I would have liked. It was very much a snapshot. I was on the floor about to change lenses and just saw it and snapped. Not sure why the focus is lowdown,I thought I had focused on the head, Obviosuly not! I took some more similar afterwards, but the poses just didnt look as natural as this one.
2.) This was more "setup" in the fact we were both stood still, again I focussed on the eye, so no idea why the scarf is sharper, I can only think Its because I was so cold and shivering. At f/1.4 you dont have much room for error. I semi agree with the walking stick. If it was a set up shoot, I would have had a shotgun, gundog etc etc, but it was just a normal walk and I happened to have my camera so I didnt have any props to play with.
3.) For some unknown reason I focused on the far eye rather than the closest, but it hasnt seemed to ruin the shot as it could have.