Noticing – August 18, 2012
Ah, the cool weather. I feel myself coming back to life. We spent a bit of the day outside today, so I’ve got a few images to share.
The feature image is a little portrait play with Chloe. I’m not much of a prime lens user, I want my equipment choices to be driven by the images I want to make, and find that prime lenses are often too limiting. They’re not quite wide or long enough to match the subject with some element in the background. With a zoom lens I can step back and zoom in to make a background element smaller relative to a subject (or just have less background altogether), or step in and zoom out to make it larger. I love being able to quickly grab three or four different shots of something I find interesting, not just with the framing but with perspective.
But one thing I can’t get with wide zoom lenses (even a professional 2.8 breed) is a really shallow depth of field. (Shallow depth of field comes naturally with long lenses, so I haven’t felt the need for an 85mm prime.) Enter Nikon’s 35mm 1.4 prime; it’s a beautiful lens. Considering the price, I really wavered before making the purchase, but I’m now glad I’ve got it in my kit. I really like the 35mm focal length, on a full-frame body it’s a bit wider than normal, but not so wide it can’t be used for a 3/4 location portrait (with a beautifully shallow depth of field).
The lighting for this is an Elinchrom Ranger into a 53″ octabox. I used PocketWizard Flex triggers to get 1/1250 at 1.4.