The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

So Henry’s had their annual photo expo this last weekend and of course I went.  I was hoping to pick up a cheap Sigma 18 to 50mm F2.8 to F4.0 lens but it turns out Sigma is fazing out that lens.  So instead I ended up with a 17 to 70 F2.0 to F4.0 lens for about double of what I was going to pay.  I also picked up a Rotolight which really fits in with my style of photography as I’m not really a flash guy except for the odd time I wan’t some fill.  The above picture was shot with the Sigma at 17mm F22 and I used the Rotolight with a Daylight gel to give me some fill and defeat a little of the blue crashing in through the open hanger doors.

And yeah, the new lens is very good.

I’ve been shooting my still subjects with very long DOF for a while now.  I know that short DOF is the sort of norm in portraiture but I shoot more things than people and there are times in a frame where I like the observer to decide where the focus of the piece is going to be.  The below picture is one of my favorites and I think it’s got a lot going for it in regards to content and even action but what I really love is you can study different parts of it and get something new each time.

Plus the long exposure gives it some light in what is essentially a darker part of the hanger.

And even at the higher F- Stop numbers, the shutter can still have more than enough light to do it’s job well.

I’m still in the market for a nice 10 to 22mm Zoom or a decent 10mm prime wide angle but not a fisheye.  If anybody has one they think is tops give me a shout in the comments section.  It’d be much appreciated.

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