Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Kerby x3

Kerby x3

A quick triptych of our dog, Kerby, taken with the Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ultrawide zoom lens on my Nikon D700. Designed for APS-C crop-sensored cameras (like my old Nikon D50 and D200), the Tokina's image circle does not completely cover the 35mm sensor on my full-frame Nikon D700. Though severe vignetting occurs at the wide end (12mm), the image circle does widen to cover the D700's FX-sized sensor at 18mm and continues through to 24mm, meaning I can continue to enjoy this wonderful lens with my Nikon D700.

As my style has developed I've found myself less interested in the long telephoto lenses that I used when I first transitioned into digital photography, namely with the Olympus C-2100UZ (38mm-380mm f/2.8) and then the Panasonic DMC-FZ20 (36mm - 432mm f/2.8).

I'm much more interested in the resulting images that come from both engaging my subjects and including their surroundings by getting closer, even to the point of distortion.

Sheridan and Suzette
Sheridan and Suzette of Hip and Humble, SLC, UT

Christian, Wedding at Magnolia Plantation, Charleston, SC

Buckwheat Zydeco
Buckwheat Zydeco at the Snowbird 2008 Rock & Blues Festival, SLC, UT

Plus ultrawide lenses make for easy and fun self-portraits. :)

Moi, with a PB and hot pepper jelly sandwich

What's your favorite lens?

Monday, December 7, 2009

Interesting new online tool from Nikon, "NIKKOR Lenses Simulator"

Very interesting web-based tool that simulates shooting a scene with any Nikkor lens on either a DX or FX camera. Might come in handy for those moving from a crop-sensored body to full-frame.

NIKKOR Lenses Simulator

Friday, December 4, 2009

Live music: Eilen Jewell and Tim Easton

Eailer this year, when I was still living in the great Salt Lake City, UT, I covered UtahFM's 2009 Spring Fundraiser, which featured the dulcet-toned Eilen Jewell and her rockin' opener, Tim Easton.

Some of my favorite photos from the evening:

Tim Easton
Tim Easton

Eilen Jewell
Eilen Jewell

Johnny Sciascia
Johnny Sciascia

Eilen Jewell Band
Eilen Jewell Band

You can view more photos in this Flickr gallery or in the following slideshow:

The State Room
State Street
Salt Lake City, UT