I don’t normally do blog posts with 30+ pictures, but I also haven’t done a “Best Of” post in a long time. Actually, I didn’t even do one for 2011, so it’s been quite a while. Anyway, since my Adobe Lightroom tells me that I took approximately 10,000 photos in 2012, I’ll be splitting up my Best of 2012 blog post into 3 entries: “Places,” “Artistic,” and “People.” It was too hard to put them all in one post, especially since my wife and I got the opportunity to travel to Europe last March (we left a year ago today). The below images were hand selected for the “Places” category – as you’ll see, a lot of them are from England or France, which was expected! I never even really did any blog posts about our trip to Europe – there were just too many pictures and too many stories. Overwhelming. Maybe I’ll still do that in the future, but not right now. A few pictures from Austin also made the cut at the bottom, but unfortunately none from Chicago – still my favorite place to photograph, but I didn’t get back there with my camera very much last year. Alright, enough words – enjoy the pictures. I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I took the equivalent of 416 rolls of film last year. Crazy.
Some of us photographers don’t have the “capital” to be able to purchase all the gear that we want. We have our one camera body, several lenses, and some other equipment – a few flashes, stands, and a handful of memory cards. But to get professional shots at specific events, such as a wedding, you need professional weapons and know how to use them. Am I ready to purchase a Nikon D7000 ($1,200 MSRP), a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II ($2,400), and a Nikon 85mm f/1.4 ($1,700)? No way – especially since I don’t do enough paid photography to get a good ROI (return on investment) from said purchases. I’m at that point where I could only justify improving the gear I own if I were to start marketing myself in order to book more shoots. So instead of buying the gear I need, here’s a little secret. Okay, it’s not really a secret, but websites such as LensRentals.com, BorrowLenses.com, and LensProToGo.com come in really handy in these situations. You can rent pretty much anything you need from them, use it for the allotted time, and then ship it back when your rental period is up. Last time I rented, I used LensRentals, but this time I chose to use BorrowLenses since their prices are cheaper. I’ll get to use all three of the items above ($5,300 MSRP) for 4 days. Total cost including shipping was right around $200.
The point of this post is this: renting gear can be a good option. Even if you don’t have an event to shoot; if you simply want to give a camera body a test run; if you’ve always wanted to create a really cool fisheye image; or if you’re not a photographer yet and you want to shoot with a friend who is – try renting some gear!
Also, as a bonus, I wanted to post an image for your viewing pleasure that has nothing to do with this post: the Tower of London in (moderate) HDR. Processed with Photomatix Pro and Lightroom. Thanks for reading!
Well, I posted these images on Facebook already, so I’m guessing that most people have seen them. But I haven’t posted them on the blog yet. I’m planning on doing a 3-part series here on the blog (after this) about our trip to Europe, and instead of simply posting pictures, I’ll be elaborating on the images themselves and other details about our trip. The 3-part series will consist of pictures from London, Oxford, and Paris/Versailles. You won’t want to miss it. Anyways, here are three pictures to whet your appetite. Keep your eyes open for more and come back soon.