Seven Lenses Hath October

Election anxiety diminished my productivity throughout October, but I still made some photos. While reviewing the month’s work in Lightroom, I noticed I had used seven lenses, and took the opportunity to reflect on my choices. Nikon 16-80 f/2.8-4: Hired to take some post-show images with fans, I took up a position near the stage…

Fast Lenses Still Matter

Despite camera ISO range improvements and electronic flash diffusion innovations, a fast lens is still a joy to employ in a dimly lit room. Shooting a reception for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble after its concert at Santa Barbara’s Granada Theater was mostly a “run-and-gun” scenario, grabbing flash shots as quickly as possible during a meet-and-greet.…

Gear Appreciation: Nikon 85mm f/1.4

It’s not about the gear, but…there’s a reason certain lenses are so expensive. When I was about twelve years old, I got my first single lens reflex camera. My brother-in-law, who taught me how to work in a darkroom, said that Ansel Adams could make a better picture with a pinhole camera than either of…