Archive for Sep 2011

They got engaged in Prospect Park…and their new married life together started in the Prospect Park Picnic House. I know photographers everywhere say this about their clients, but I truly feel like I’ve known these two for years, and the speeches during their wedding could not emphasize enough how much better everyone’s lives were with Scott and Katie being a part of it. I could not agree more!

It’s hard not to love these two. They are very easy going, and always keeps a situation enjoyable. Take for example, the bowl of mustaches they had for their guests to play with, and the awesome typewriter (which was their guestbook). Those were just a few of the many interesting items that kept family and friends busy in what was a very fun and intimate wedding. I could not have been more blessed to have met Scott and Katie. In fact, I love these two so much, I let Katie sit on my vest to avoid ruining her beautiful white dress. They were thankful, and the resulting image was beautiful. icon smile Prospect Park Picnic House Wedding: Scott + Katie

Thanks for having me be a part of your wedding. Congrats! Enjoy the images! Show some love!

 

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After finishing the couple’s session, family and friends planned this surprise of rose petals upon there return. This jubilant photo sums the delightful wedding of Scott and Katie. Full post of images coming soon.

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Meet Scott and Katie. They have won “the most interesting couple” award of the year. Without getting too much into the details, I can say I had a lot of fun.

Our session started on what was supposed to a rainy day. Hoping for the best, we started our adventure to explore the grounds of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. My first time there, but it was just another stroll in the park for Scott and Katie as they live within walking distance from the park. It is certainly Brooklyn’s best kept secret. From the beautiful greens, to the vibrant colorful flowers, it was definitely hard to not want to have it in my backyard.

Note to self: I will be sure to recommend my couples to make sure they have a happy stomach before an engagement session. Though on an empty stomach, these two were troopers.

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One of my favorite images from their engagement session shot this past Sunday. More coming soon…

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First off, I will say this isn’t a review, just my opinion on this particular lens after using it for the first time this past weekend. If you are looking for a trustworthy review with full details, information, comparison and images you should check out Ryan Brenizer’s review. I trust his expertise and knowledge and his review was one of the main reasons I pulled the trigger on this purchase.

However, if you choose to stick around a few extra minutes and read on, thanks. I will say I am madly in love with this lens. The Nikon 35 f/1.4G is majestic, godly, and heaven sent! I am very upset that I didn’t make this purchase a long time ago, although I can’t be too hard on myself; it carries a very steep price tag.

The lenses that stay on my body 99.9% of the time are the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED and the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II because they are very versatile and both are work horse lenses. In fact, you can definitely shoot certain weddings with the 24-70 alone. So I basically had focal lengths from 24mm (wide enough for huge group photos) to 200mm (long enough so I can be a creeper without people knowing) icon smile What do I think about the Nikon 35 f/1.4G?

After owning these two lenses for almost 8 months now, and reading great reviews about the Nikon 35 f/1.4G, I got to thinking, “Can I shoot with a Prime lens on my body and rely on my feet to zoom?”. Well only one way to find out.

BUY IT. Sure, I could rent it, then decide, but I was convinced just by images from various other photographers, that it was going to be a great lens.

Well, after using it for the first time this past Sunday, I had no problem handling the extra two stops of light intake between f/2.8 and f/1.4. It is just amazing! The only problem I had with the lens, is that its focusing speed was not so great, and that comes only after using the 24-70 so often (which rules in auto focusing speed in low lit situations). The lens focused slow, but accurately and the images were sharp even at f/1.4.

The lens feels solid but compared to Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX lens, it is much more bulkier and definitely not convenient as a walk around lens. I own the 35 f/1.8 for the simple purpose of walking around, vignette or not.
WARNING: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX lens does create heavy vignetting on FX bodies.

Here’s a a photo so you can see the size difference between the 24-70 f/2.8 G, 35 f/1.4 G, and 35 f/1.8 DX. (Left to Right)
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Image shot with Nikkor 70-200 VR II. SB-900 bounced of reflector behind me.

I intend on doing away with the 24-70 f/2.8 and having it as a backup. Until then, this lens along with my 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II will be on 99.9% of the time…until I find a replacement (which is highly unlikely, but who knows).

The image below was shot this past weekend in pitch black, and this baby did not hunt. It locked on and was on point. Shot at f/1.4.

Congrats Maqsood and Naila!

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