Monday, January 24, 2011

Kansas City to Texas & 35mm f/1.8G DX test

Last week it was a great snow here in Missouri. It just so happened that I had to take this road trip to Texas and used the opportunity to test a new lens that I bought, that is the Nikon prime 35mm f/1.8G DX. I wanted to see how it will feel to shoot for couple of days only with one lens, with a prime!
It's a great experience and I recommend it to anyone.
This will force you to flex your creative muscle and figure out ways to make photographs happen without the luxury of a zoom.
This particular lens is very nice, lightweight and pretty sharp. However, I came to realize that I prefer the 50mm f/1.8D more and therefore will return the 35mm. It's something about the perspective and quality that the 50mm offers which I value more!
Anyway, check out this shots from this trip and figure out your opinion on the 35mm f/1.8G DX

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Victoria & Cristian...Lensbaby

Today I went with Victoria and Vivienne to this fabulous Vietnamese Restaurant called Sung Son located somewhere in Westport, Kansas City. After having a great lunch I snapped couple of shots with my long forgotten and neglected Lensbaby Composer. 
This is fun lens but a bit difficult to use due to the very delicate manual focus. It's also great for videos, bringing a fresh, vibrant look.
All shoot in manual ISO 400, 1/250 sec and f/4 with Nikon D90, processed in Lightroom 3.3

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Nora...9 months old!

Nora is already 9 months and is more adorable than ever. Her parents Matthew and Angie have made a great job! 
The photo shot took place @ at the Cincinnati Conservatory, a huge and very nice botanical garden. The light was pretty nice, overcast, diffused through the large glass ceilings. Since the light was changing constantly moving between locations I enabled the Auto ISO function on my D90 which allowed me to keep the 1/125 sec shutter speed and all was shot from ISO 200 all the way to ISO 1600. I love the shallow depth of field so I used an aperture of f/1.8 to f/4. The 50 mm f/1.8 prime lens is the best kept secret out there. If you don't have one, get one!
Photos processed through Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.3
I just love the mood this duotone gives to Nora's shots. It's just feels right for her.
Happy New Year Everyone and Happy Shooting!