Went out to Guelph, Ontario yesterday to meet up with some great photographers and models for an informal model shoot and get together. It’s always a great time meeting new people (and taking photos of new people). This was no exception. We split up into three groups and took turns shooting each of the models at each of the three locations. I started with Megan at the Kissing Bridge, it’s the last covered bridge in Ontario and it’s located near Elmira. Apparently, it’s quite the tourist attraction as we were constantly yelling “car” and moving our gear to the side, not unlike a street hockey game. :)
Oh, did I mention Nikon Professional Services showed up with a trailer load of gear? No? Well, they did, just in time for me to grab a 300mm ƒ2.8 Nikkor lens and take some fun shots of Erin by a local pond. Great lens but I don’t think it’ll make it in the gear bag. It weighs about ten pounds and I had to scream posing directions to Erin from across the pond while taking a head shot. Not exactly practical. Still lots of fun though.
In the last session of the day I shot Nicola in the pool. I traded the 300 for a more a slightly more impractical 85mm perspective control lens (tilt/shift lens) this lens is made mainly for architectural photography. It really did not suit my style of shooting. Back it went and on went a 105mm Defocus Control lens. This was a much better fit for me and it did great. I was able to capture some fantastic tack sharp portraits of Nicola and get that creamy out of focus background that looks so great.
In the end, I remained confident that even though theres a lot of great gear out there that I don’t have the lenses I already own are the best ones for me and my style of shooting. You never know unless you try ;)