photogs and twitter part 1

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: F5.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: 50mm f/1.4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

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Lens: 50mm f/1.4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/2000 sec – Aperture: F4.5 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: 50mm f/1.4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/800 sec – Aperture: F5.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: 50mm f/1.4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

Exposure: 1/1000 sec – Aperture: F5.0 – ISO: 100 – Focal Length: 50mm
Lens: 50mm f/1.4L IS USM – Camera: Canon 5D

| currently listening to: Fully Completely, The Tragically Hip, Fully Completely, 1992 | LINK

the photography/internets part one:
photos are from the californian coastline on an awesome day.

the last couple of weeks I have been delving into the interwebbing version of a 7th grade dance, better known as, Twitter. all jokes aside, twitter is a great resource for photographers of all ages, abilities, and professional prowess’. the folks i have met recently are from all over the world and from all over the united states. we have been unified under one shutter flag as twitter has tied us all together in a jumbled mass of photographers trying out ideas, learning from each other, and just plain chewing the fat. for years as an artist i have been trying to find a group of like minded people who i could share an evening with and talk about what works, what doesn’t, where to shop, what gear you like, which lights are suited for which jobs, and above all, asking the inevitable question, “do you like my photography?”. this may sound like the perfect meeting of minds but i always felt like this group was meeting on Tuesday nights in the local VFW hall, sipping on Schlitz and talking about how the death of Polaroid is much more substantial and hard to deal with than the death of negative and positive film.

so after years of searching (albeit sometimes very slowly) boston, raleigh, and chicago, finding mostly jaded artists and galleristas hell bent on kicking your art to the curb, i have found a great place where I can present myself guilt free. long gone are the days of “hey, i know so and so, i use such and such, and oh my goodness, you don’t own one of these?”. just sit down and join the conversation. it feels great.

amongst the photographers i sought out to chat with, i asked a simple question:
what is your favorite lens and why? (actually 2 questions but phrased as one)

i asked this question because I love to hear what gear people love and why they love it. different photographers utilize different gear for different reasons and i absolutely love talking about it. twitter only gives you 140 characters to work with so it is interesting to see how people responded. here’s what I received.

@JamesHowePhoto: Favorite lens, Olympus Digital Zuiko 7-14mm (2x crop factor). Really like the ultra wide angle.
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@hdconnelly: I use a 17-55 and a 50-200 – I hear I should get a prime lens but just haven’t done so yet. I’d love to see the article!
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@photojack: without hesitation. canon 50mm 1.2. best glass in arsenal. tack sharp. a low-light lifesaver. killer for selective focus.
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@PickupTrucks: Canon IS L 24-105: simply a great walkaround lens
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@nofx: my “all time fav” lens would be Canon 24-105 f/4L. The most versatile and practical lens of all canon line up.
Tweet #2:
@nofx: Canon 50mm f/1.2L sharpest portrait lens. This lens adds life and emotions to the pictures.

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@photosip: Canon 50mm f/1.4. It’s fast, good workable focal length, light, and I love using primes for their sharpness.
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@whoisariston: Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR – Awesome range, amazing versatility, excellent optics…all around fantastic lens.
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@JeffCamPhoto: nikon 50mm f/1.8 is my fave among lenses I own now. Small, light, sharp, fast. One day the 50mm f/1.4 will be my fave.
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@NicholeAudrey: I love the wide-angle for the distortion but I can’t say I have a favorite. I guess it depends on what I’m trying to achieve.
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@BellaValentina: Thx! So far the 105! SUPER sharp & fast! Love it for weddings for the macro/detail work as well!
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@thewindypixel: Hmm tough ? – 4 ppl the 85mm f/1.4, 4 interiors 14mm f/3.5. Dream lens 45mm f/2.8 PC-E. If I had to choose 1 forever?! AI-S 28mm.
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@zosokun: my fav lens so far has to be 35mm 1.8G AF-S DX NIkkor. So compact. fast, and the fov is nice. and the bokeh is lovely.
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@annemariecarson: Toss up? Crop sensor=Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 and full frame=Nikkor 85mm f/1.4. I <3 superwide aperture for low light and narrow DOF.
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@KringLerner: Karen here: My fav lens was my fix focus 24mm which I named Dolores. Now I use a 24-105mm which I like too.
Tweet #2:
@KringLerner: Joel and I were in a mixed marriage. He shot Canon; I shot Nikon. I still have my Nikons, but when I’m digital, I use our Canons.
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@theshutterclick: My 24-70mm L f2.8 is my fav. spends the most time on my camera!
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@jeffcrossphoto: Fav lens?! I would probably have to say my 17-40mm f/4L or 24-105mm f/4L (both Canon). Can’t wait to see the results from your ‘?’
Tweet #2:
@jeffcrossphoto: The Why?! The lenses are super sharp and very WIDE with minimal distortion…
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@fleurdeleigh: AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 2.8 VR. Makes ordinary more artistic.
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@bradleyspitzer: I really enjoy shooting with the Canon 35mm 1.4L lens. It allows a comfortable amount of interaction with my subject. And the images rock!
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@radnauseum: the default one that came on my d40?
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the music:
the tragically hip have been in and out of my constant listening rotation throughout my 16 year love affair with the canadian band. i first heard “new orleans is sinking” one day in the car with my dad. we were riding to something hockey related (game, practice, etc) and we were in the 1988 volkswagen rabbit that my parents had bought off of a uvm student who needed the money. since this was a college student’s car, the stereo had been upgraded to a blaupunkt tape deck and receiver. it was kicking. hearing the hip on such a small powerful setting (small being the operative word as a VW rabbit is about the size of a VW bug back in the day) made me want to buy their music. and to this day, i still do. i have missed a few albums as of late (don’t worry, a band that’s been making music for 20 years is bound to miss a few shots) but i keep going back to the good stuff. this song? it’s the good stuff.

One thought on “photogs and twitter part 1

  1. diPta

    Definitely my 24-70mm f/2.8. i first used it with a 40D, but when i switched to fullframe, it totally brought me to life. So yeah, 24-70, my most used lens!

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