Busy Busy Busy

Well, work has been picking up in speed, and so has photography.  With the time change, I'm at work earlier, leaving work earlier which means that I get an extra hour of daylight for photoshoots!  I'm back in business for weekday photoshoots!  Now, the weather just needs to get a bit more...er, tropical.

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day though, and I was able to get out and do some test shots with my new lens.  I finally bought myself the illustrious 85mm f/1.8 to do more portrait work.  My 70-200 is a little on the bulky side and has a few minor issues that keep me from using it more, but the 85 is fantastic.  I am having a difficult time adjusting to the sharpness, especially at f/5.6.  The lens flares a bit, so I may buy a hood for it just to keep that problem at bay.

Historic Properties Flair by Tim Lingley (timlingley)) on 500px.com

In fairness, this shot was taken with the sun just out of frame in the upper right corner.  I was deliberately trying to include it for effect. 

It's also really nice for bringing elements closer to the camera (optically speaking, of course) and creating a slight compressed feel.  I really liked how the geometry in this shot was helped by the focal length. 

Symmetry by Tim Lingley (timlingley)) on 500px.com


In addition to some "walking about" shots, I've used this lens on a couple of model shoots and I must say that I'm happy with the purchase.  I expect to be using this lens a lot when shooting outdoor portraits and razor sharp strobe-lit indoor shots.   The one negative thing with this lens is that in high-contrast situations, there can be a bit of purple fringing, especially at very wide open apertures.  It's something that I'll have to deal with or be careful of when shooting. 

Cheers!

Edit:  here's one more photo taken with the 85mm to demonstrate the sharpness.

Photo sesssion with Alisha Hart