It’s been awhile since I’ve been excited about shooting anything. But my nephew is getting married this weekend, and I was asked to shoot some pictures at the reception. I was happy to do it, but wasn’t happy with the equipment that I have for an occasion like this. I’ve been wanting a 24-85mm, 2.8 lens for awhile now, and thought about renting one for the weekend. But I recently got a little bonus at work, so I decided to splurge and get the lens that I’ve really had my heart set on.
And then there was the issue of the flash. I have a Speedlight SB-700, but I’ve never taken the time to really learn how to use it. This seems like the perfect time to get better acquainted with that piece of equipment.
So, the new lens arrived yesterday, and for the past two evenings I’ve been prowling around the house, shooting anything that doesn’t hide from me. And I’m LOVING this lens. Not only does it give me beautiful DOF, it also has a macro setting that lets me get up really close to things–I’m thinking the wedding cake–for some nice detailed shots. And I’m finally getting comfortable with the flash, although I still have a long way to go to learn all about lighting. I’m not trying any fancy off-camera flash–just the hot-shoe mount with the head tilted up to the ceiling.
So, here are some of the test shots that I’ve taken. These are all straight out of the camera, shot in “fine” JPG mode. I used aperture-priority with shutter speed of 1/60, and let the camera figure out the ISO. The D700 is a great low-light camera, so I’m not worried about ISO with this setup.
Now, I’m really excited about shooting again!! Hopefully this will be the start of a renaissance!!