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Inspired by my friend @sugarray53, I was originally going to get the Sony 28mm f2 with the 16mm fisheye attachment. Affordable, compact, good reviews, and my shortest prime was the 55mm. This lens would fill a big (narrow) gap in my collection.
Got to play with it hands-on in Akihabara…where it was sitting next to this beast:
The Carl Zeiss 25mm f2 Batis.
Smaller, lighter, and prettier than the Sony lens. It uses an OLED range finder on the barrel and looks like the brain child offspring of Jonathan Ive and Dyson.
I played with it. Love at first shot.
The best sub-55mm lens I’ve ever used. I had to have it.
The thing is a beast. Stupid big and heavy, it completely removes the
portability afforded by my mirrorless full-frame camera. You know, the
entire reason why I shoot with a mirrorless system.
And yet, I can already feel myself falling in love with this lens. I might
have to make a concession for it’s size because the photos it produces are
so beautiful. Exceptional blur, extremely fast, and incredible performance
in low light situations.
These photos were taken at 100iso in a dimly-lit hotel bedroom. Its like
the thing has night vision.
Originally posted 2016-04-11 18:18:46
I know this is a strange question but....Who the fuck holds the camera? You take such good pictures and most of them are always full shots. I am specifically talking about any of the photos that you away from home and there are only 2 of you.
I made this video almost six years ago to illustrate how I do my self portraits.
Position camera with flexible tripod.
Set timer or use remote trigger
Here’s the resulting photo:
My technique hasn’t changed much over the last six years, although the technology has improved a lot. I used to have to take the photo blindly over many takes using a timer…now I can position myself perfectly using a remote view-finder on my smartphone. Incredible.
Originally posted 2016-03-18 16:36:59
What camera equipment do you use? All of your pictures look great!
I upgraded (or downgraded, depending on who you ask) from the Sony a7r, which had a much higher resolution (36.4 MP vs 24.3 MP). This was my first full-frame camera. Had it for just four months (September 2014 to January 2015). Great for studio photography, but not the usual handheld shooting I did.
When you have a photo shoot, how much time do you spend on prep like the setting, time of day, composition, etc.? What about your candid phone photos, is it “one and done” or do you take several? I try to balance being in the moment vs planning too much for my photos; to live for the experience, not trying to capture everything in a photo. Is this balancing act your experience too? Has having a wildly successful blog/journal influenced how much time you take pictures in your everyday life?
My recent photoshoot with brandedbulltank took about 5-10mins. I had him pose for me while I calibrated my camera, then jumped in for a couple photos together. I took about 8 photos and selected my favorite from the series.
My art direction style was heavily mentored by a stuffy (but brilliant) creative director. She insisted that there was only one good photo from any scene, and to prevent repetition (which is boring) we had to be ruthless with our editing.
How ruthless? On a recent trip to Taiwan and Japan, I filled my 32GB memory card (Roughly 6,000 photos). After a weekend of sorting through photos, I had just 96 photos to post.
I do all my art direction and photo tweaks in Adobe Bridge. (I think I’m the only person who uses Bridge). I much prefer the Adobe Bridge raw photo plugin to Adobe Lightroom’s editor. First pass I mark photos that might be good, second pass I use a star rating system, anything under 5-stars usually doesn’t make the cut.
I have no art direction process for my cell phone photos. I usually just upload those directly from my phone and hope for the best.
When I first started I needed more time to get the right shot, and sometimes that would interrupt the moment I was desperately trying to capture. Thats not an issue now that I’ve grown comfortable with my equipment and photography style…but, I find I’m taking my camera out less in favor of enjoying the moment.