I’m pretty sure that if I ever hope to make any income as a photographer, it’s going to involve taking lots of pictures of people instead of deserted buildings and Arizona landscapes. I’ve started putting together a plan for getting some volunteers to let me practice on them, and my first victim…er, subject, was my hubby, Andy.
Fortunately, Andy actually enjoys having his picture made, and he’s enough of a ham that he doesn’t mind posing in public while absolute strangers walk by. This evening he agreed to let me take some shots of him as we were on our way to dinner.
I was using my Nikon D700 and the 28-300mm zoom lens. By the time we got to the location, the sun was just slipping below the horizon so there wasn’t much light left. I had to bump the ISO up to about 500 to get a shutter speed of about 1/50s with a wide-open aperture. I didn’t bring my tripod, so this was all hand-held, and I was really afraid that the shots weren’t going to be as sharp as I would have liked.
I also took a few shots with my old Quantaray 35-82mm F4-5.6 that I re-discovered today still attached to my old Nikon 6006 35mm camera. Whether it was the rapidly fading light or the poorer quality of the lens, the pictures I took with that lens were noticeably softer than the ones with the 28-300mm.
Here are a couple of shots that I’ve processed. To see the entire set, visit my Flickr site here.
Taken with the 28-300mm:
Taken with the 35-82mm:
All the shots were processed in Paintshop Photo Pro X3.
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