This year, I broke down and purchased a Canon 50mm 1.2 L series USM lens. It is spectacular for portrait work because of its amazing bokeh. There is a lot of chatter out there about the spectacular price difference between the 1.2 and the Canon 1.4. I also own a Canon 50mm 2.5 macro which is instrumental for me for shooting details of things from food to flowers but for portraits, the 1.2 can’t be beat. Here are two examples. One is a portrait of my husband, which I dropped into a film frame for effect – I’ve long been lugging around an analogue Hasselblad with a beautiful 80mm lens, which I’ve used for years as my primary portrait lens. It’s also fantastic combined with a few extension tubes. However, now that I’m moving into an almost exclusively digital workflow, I had to find a lens that I was happy enough with to leave my Hasselblad behind when going on assignment. Don’t get me wrong, I still love working with film, but the practical side of my business has forced my hand on this one. I’ve been taking the d65 wokrshop every other year to keep current on the latest digital workflow which has led me to adopt working almost exclusively in Adobe’s Lightroom. That software combined with the Canon 5D Mark II’s and lenses I work with give me a great way to process thousands of images in a relatively short period of time, without sacrificing any amount of quality. (This year’s processed tally is almost to 13,000 client delivered images). My digital library is now more organized than ever – I can find any image with just a few clicks of the mouse. I hope you find this information useful!
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Posted in camera technical, cameras, Canon, Canon 5D, Canon 5D Mark II, Canon Lens, cat, D5 Mark ll, editorial photographer, just for fun, photographer in Portland, tagged 5D Mark ll, Canon, editorial photographer, magazine photography, photo, photography, technical on December 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in art, cameras, cat, iPhone, just for fun, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, Polaroid, tagged camera, camera phone, iPhone, iPhone app, photography, Polaroid on February 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Sometimes it’s just fun to mess around with new(er) technology. I was one of the legions of photographers who loved to use an SX-70 Polaroid camera to make images. Now I am able to use an iPhone application to make those kinds of images. The application I use is called Polarize and it allows one to preview the effect before one saves it. Although I miss the tactile quality that the Polaroid offers, making photos with an iPhone can be equally rewarding. I still use a small instant camera that a friend brought to me from Japan : it’s a Fuji equivalent of a Polaroid and spits out business card sized prints. This morning I was taking some photos in the beautiful morning light with the iPhone. Here are a few of my favorites from the last couple of months. Enjoy!
Posted in alt process photography, cameras, Canon, Canon 5D Mark II, cat, D5 Mark ll, film, just for fun, photographer, photographer in Portland, photography, travel photographer, tagged 4x5, 5D Mark ll, Canon, film, photography, rolliflex, technical on January 8, 2010 | 2 Comments »
It appears that digital technology has its firm grip on photography. I have certainly embraced the technology and enjoy its immediacy. My primary camera is a Canon 5D Mark II which is lovely. (now that I have one that actually works). That said, I love my good old film cameras. Working with film forces me to slow down, look carefully and make decisions prior to releasing the shutter. Currently I shoot about 25% of my work using an old, beat up Hasse with a set of prime lenses. Occasionally I use my Rolliflex. Sometimes I’ll take out the Linhof Technikardan. What I LOVE is that the film doesn’t become obsolete in 3 years, I can put the film in a filing cabinet (as opposed to RAID storage for my digital files), and put the caption information on the sleeve (which can’t be stripped by software programs). Plus my cat can have a nap on the 8×10.