I just tried out my dad’s new Nikon D3s with the 85mm f/1.4, and now I’m like super toats jelly (super totally jealous)… He took some shots of me in a dark room lit with just the iphone, and it basically lit up the whole room, and looked really crisp on the LCD.
It really put my E620 to shame… But than again, I now understand why it’s 10x the cost of mine, and why people pay that.
I’ve been in the market for an Olympus pro series camera, but I’ve been holding out on their new model, which they should be releasing soon, but still there’s been no word on that, and they are keeping pretty mum. Hopefully, whatever they are releasing is worth the wait. Olympus is a niche camera, and I understand that. Great in good lighting, and small and portable, and the weather sealing is great. So definitely makes sense for the outdoor photographer, but for a guy like me who’s more into candids, low light, indoor, portrait, action, strobist, landscape, and just about everything kind of photography, switching up brands sounds like it might make more sense to me.
Then again, with a pricetag like the one dangling from the Nikon D3s, I would have to save up quite a few more cents for it to make sense, if you know what I’m sayin’…
I went down to a friend’s cabin this weekend for a day… We were looking forward to basking in the sun as we darted around the lake on their family boat, spraying children on the shore with our wake, chucking empty beer bottles at elderly folks, and leaving uncut 6-pack plastic rings in the water for fish and seals and birds to get their necks caught in… you know, what everybody does during Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, as soon as I arrived with my friends Andrew and Carrie, the sun went into hiding, and the clouds came out with it’s angry face. It rained for the majority of the afternoon, which sucked, but it stopped raining just in time for dinner. We were able to catch some double rainbows, and the angry clouds made for some dynamic sunset photos as we got on the boat for an evening cruise.
These were taken with the E-1 and 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 lens. Not bad for a camera that’s 6 years old… I also had my E-620 with me, but I opted for the E-1 due to it’s weather sealing… just in case the clouds decided to unzip it’s pants and unload on us again. Fortunately, it didn’t, and I ended up with these two photos… (the second shot was taken holding the camera just above the water… getting it ever so slightly wet.)
My buddy Keith asked me to take some photos of his family, which consists of Keith, his beautiful wife, Jessica, and his super cute twin boys, Dylan and Carter (19 months old). Seeing as how these tiny little bundles of mischief joy can be quite the divas (is the male form divos?), it was decided that the morning would be the best time to take photos. Sunday morning, at 9am to be exact. Yes, I’m normally a night person, and on weekends, my mornings are where I refill my sleep reservoir with much needed dreams of butterflies, rainbows, and morning dew. I mean, who needs to see these things in person, when one can just dream about them? In any case, I was able to drag myself out of bed, after an excellent night out with some friends who were visiting from out of town. (Sidenote: I am also recovering from a slight cold, and as it turns out, Gin and Tonics and shots of Patron are actually not home remedies for the specific cold that I have. I still have faith that it does cure something. Probably just boredom. And social awkwardness.)
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