My life as of late: read, practice, purchase, repeat. Sure, it’s hard to not come down hard with Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS), but I mean really – this stuff should last a while.
After using Nikon’s fast 85mm f/1.8G lens for about a week now, I’m now trying out Nikon’s pro-level 24-120mm f/4 ED VR as a candidate to replace my jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none, 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens. This lens should yield faster and more reliable auto focus, less chromatic abberation, less lens flare with bright light sources, and best of all, gives +4mm of range on the low end–something I’m far more likely to use in creating quality photos than the 121-300mm range I’ll be giving up. This is largely because of the other issues that come to play when shooting at such long focal lengths–vibration, vignetting, light–all become especially noticeable at such high focal lengths. Alas, in layman’s terms, I’d be swapping my 10x zoom for a 5x zoom, but in doing so I’d be looking through higher quality glass. Thanks go out to a photography buddy (you know who you are) and various online resources for helping me to identify that indeed, this switch might be in my best interest.
On other fronts, I’ve been very pleased to see the fast autofocus, beautiful bokeh and “pop” of the 85mm that I recently procured. I’m looking forward to using it for portraiture, having recently tested it out on family and learned some of its limits in various areas.
Alright, now on to the good stuff.
Here’s an image that I captured on Dec 26th. It’s a 30 second exposure, taken just after sundown. The image was featured in Flickr’s “Explore” and as of this writing has garnered 299 faves and 7,740 views.
Here’s another image, taken a bit later in the night, capturing the purple winter sky and a headlights of vehicles on the bridge. It’s a cool shot, but I didn’t publish it to my portfolio. It’s simply too similar, and the other has much better lighting.
Now, in my last post, I indicated that I would try to get some more architecture shots and push the creativity envelope a bit. Here’s one such attempt, getting creative with One World Trade Center in NYC:
Below is one of the Manhattan skyline as seen from Brooklyn. This image was not published – ISO was way too high, thus resulting image is too grainy. It was actually just a test capture for a long exposure, which unfortunately suffered the effects of wind shaking the camera during the exposure.
Here’s some other miscellaneous captures from trip (all can be found in my Flickr photostream):
Finally, here’s a capture from this week that I’m especially proud of. I’m not sure if it’s because me, my cousin, and my wife were standing at the waterfront in the breezy, freezing weather at nearly 1AM to make this photograph (what troopers they are–seriously!), or because the resulting image turned out so spectacularly, but either way, I’m quite pleased with the result. Here it is:
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Next up, I hope to publish some results of testing the 24-120mm lens, and some 9 and 10 stop neutral density filters I’ve procured. This should make for some interesting landscape shots in full sun and winter scenes!