Posts in Category: Lenses

Spring in February

As you all know, the weather in Austin, Texas is slightly different than the weather to which I am accustomed in Illinois.  I’m still getting used to the three seasons here: way-too-hot, not-as-hot, one-cold-week-where-everyone-complains.  We actually saw some snow during the one-cold-week, which was refreshing. But now it’s the end of February: this means that in Texas and on the major league baseball schedule it is time for spring.

I will be selling my Nikon 55-200mm VR lens since the internal auto-focus motor broke.  The repair would cost almost as much, if not more, than buying a new lens.  But while I still have it in my possession, I thought I’d use it (and my D300, of course) to capture some spring scenes from the front balcony of my apartment (yes, I have two balconies).  As you can see from the below images, it’s not completely necessary to have a lens that can autofocus.  Hope you enjoy the “before and after” feature!

Spring Light



That Starbucks Mood

Starbucks always puts me in a certain mood. I hope that the pictures I post here will convey that mood. What you see below was captured with a Nikon D50 at 35mm and f/1.8. The key components in these images are the depth of field and the amount of light captured. The 35mm f/1.8 deserves all the credit. Remember: lower f-stop = wider aperture opening = smaller depth of field. Enjoy.


Front Row Seats


Iced Coffee

Paul & Anne Scharnett [8.7.10]

I posted a preview of these pictures back in September, but since it was my first wedding as the official photographer, I thought a full post of my favorite shots (Flickr set) was necessary.  As I said in my last post, it was a great blessing to be able to capture these memories for Paul and Anne.  I hope you all enjoy these pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them.  If you do, share this on Twitter or Facebook (there’s a “Share Bar” at the bottom of the post) and let more celebrate with the Scharnetts!  Congratulations, Paul and Anne Scharnett! (With regards to lenses, I used mainly a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 (standard) and a Nikon 12-24mm f/4 (wide angle). I also rented a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 (zoom) from Calumet Photo for the weekend and had a 35mm f/1.8 (prime). Those covered all the bases. Also, i shot with my Nikon D300 and my D50 bodies, in case you were wondering.)