Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Birth of Sophie Annabelle


Sophie Annabelle was born exactly a week ago, November 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm. I assembled here a little photo essay to show the process. It's a very special and touching moment in one's life and each shot is loaded with emotional tension, at least to me (even though I might be biased since it's my family). All was shot with the D600 and the 50mm f/1.8 together with the 24-85VR.













Sunday, November 18, 2012

Giant RS930 Road Bike



This road bike was built in 1988 and it has a classic steel frame CrMo 4130. I've been riding it since early July and I must say that I'm impressed.
From that first moment you stand up to sprint to the line or the top of the climb, it's as if you've slammed the gas pedal to the floor. Whether you're racing or training, the RS930 can handle the longest days on the pavement.
I love new gear, but there is so much good stuff, classic stuff out there and I'd urge anyone to give it a try before hitting the trigger button, dumping thousand of dollars on the latest and greatest bicycle.





Friday, September 21, 2012

Nikon D600 Mini Review


I'm just blown away by this camera! I've been waiting for about 3 years and I'm so happy I did that. This camera is everything I wanted, coming from a DX class DSLR. It arrived this morning from Amazon.com and I've been testing it all day. I used the 50mm f/1.8 which turns out to be not only very sharp wide open but also focus faster than anything I've seen, including the latest and greatest pro zoom lenses. Except the photos where I mention the ISO, all has been shot at the native ISO of 100 wide open around f/1.8 to f/2.8. I tried ISO 6400 which is the photo bellow and I was stunned since I've never experienced first hand such a quality result. This camera is a revolution for my photography.  Get one while it's still available, you won't regret it!

 ISO 6400
 ISO 1600


 ISO 200




 ISO 800
ISO 640

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mr. Mansur & Mr. Cello


Here are couple of portraits I've taken yesterday. All shoot with the 50mm f/1.8 wide open at f/1.8
I just love the bokeh I get with this shallow depth of field and I think it suits busy location where you need to isolate the subject from the surrounding junk. More to come.





Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Peter & Sara


Peter and Sara's engagement photos happened in the beautiful Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. This place has magnificent geography and beautiful panoramas. The mountains in the photos are know as the Endless Mountains. We were particularly lucky during this session for a great overcast sky which provided a gorgeous wrap-around light, just like a giant soft box. I shot all with a 50mm stopped down around f/2.8 - f/3.5, ISO 200 and cloudy white balance setting which made for some nice, warm tones. I tried to use a reflector but the it was rather hard to fight the wind... Next time will need to hire an assistant. But, I figured the white clothing should reflect some light back onto their faces and I got satisfied with just that. Sometimes you gotta improvise. Peter and Sara were great and we had a good time.




Thursday, June 28, 2012

Master Taylor


This is Master Tailor Rudolf Martirosyan and we did the photo shoot in his Atelier in Green Bay, WI.  Tailoring is a very old craft and nowadays you don't see many left around. So, I felt these could have been taken very easily 100 years ago. For this reason I choose to use a sepia color treatment which takes away the distraction of color and focuses on the subject's core.