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TESTING THE SONY FE 28MM F2 LENS

SCOOPED

I have enjoyed shooting with the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens in the last few days. I especially love that it's so light that you forget that you have a camera on you. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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Testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 Lens

©2016 CRAIG LITTEN

Hop-a-Long

I was out at my usual hot spot today testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 lens. All of the positive things I've read and heard about this lens are true. It's razor sharp, has a nice smooth bokeh, fast focus, is small and light, and very pleasant to shoot with. I think it's the perfect companion to the Zeiss FE 55mm f1.8, and all I may need for most shooting situations--an ideal set-up to have while carrying two camera bodies. More to come, so stay tuned.


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Fan Frenzy

Photo: ©New York Times/Craig Litten

Photo: ©New York Times/Craig Litten

The Boys of Summer are Back

Rabid New York Mets fans push forward to get autographs during the first day of spring training on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Friday's practice was the largest crowd ever at Tradition Field for the Mets. The Mets are hoping to make it to the World Series again this year, but know that they have a target on their back and it won't be easy. I shot this assignment, covering the N.Y. Mets for two days, for the New York Times.


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MOMENTS

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

A Father's Love

I'm starting a new blog series today called MOMENTS, and kicking it off with a picture of one of my favorite people, Todd, tying his son Glenn's tie. I have hundred's of photos that fit within the category of MOMENTS (and I'm always shooting new ones), so there will be plenty of fresh photos coming in the future.


Other blog series that I feature from week to week are:

FROM THE ARCHIVES
This series is where I feature a photo shot in the past. Some photos are those that were formally published, some were shots that got overlooked from the original edit or were good enough but didn’t fit the particular job, etc. The key is that the featured photo is not recent one.

O-U-T-T-A-K-E-S
Outtakes are just that; photos that didn’t make the cut for various reasons. But I’ve found over the years that some of these shots have turned out to be great photos.

PHOTO OF THE DAY
This is my favorite photo of that particular day. Sometimes I shoot a lot, sometimes a little, but I always try to keep fresh and to keep shooting as often as possible.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This is simply my favorite photo of that week, and it usually posts on a Friday so that it’s the featured post all weekend.

CULTURE OF LEISURE
These shots are part of the progresson of a book project that I started on Memorial Day 2006, and have continued to shoot for the last nine years. These are always shot on or very near the beach, and were literally shot on every beach in Florida.

(for) THE JOY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
This is one series that I recently started on a November 20th blog post, and that I’m considering continuing. The content is wide open, and the criteria is simply for the joy of photographing and discovering with my camera when I’m not being paid to take pictures.


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The Visuals of Music

Come Now, Our King

Luke 2:8-14


Lenses Used: Zeiss Batis 25mm f2 & Zeiss Batis 85mm f1.8

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Fill Flash

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

Dinner at ISO 1600

This photo was shot during a quick testing of Sony HLV-F43M Flash, on the a7s w/Zeiss 55mm f1.8, in a real world (and really dark) situation. The flash performed flawlessly--better than any Canon ever dreamed of, and as good as, if not better than, a Nikon or Olympus strobe. This flash has a few really good things going for it. One is the unique way it does bounce flash (which I obviously used in the example above). Sony calls it: Quick Shift Bounce. Admittedly, it does make the flash a bit chunkier, but this unit was released prior to the a7-series of cameras, and was intended for the Sony A-Mount cameras. But it's still a good fit, especially on the second generation of a7's like the a7II, a7rII and a7sII. Another big plus is the fact that it's weather sealed as I can't tell you how many times I've been caught out in the rain worrying about my flash during past assignments back during my Canon days. Finally, besides all the other bells and whistles that modern flashes have, such as wireless triggering, etc., it has a built in video light which could possibly come in handy for stills too. I rented this one from Lens Rentals.


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Into the Blue

Inspired

I never get tired of looking at the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean here in South Florida. The colors are simply breathtaking at times, and also seem to change daily keeping me coming back for more. The above shot is nothing more than a snapshot taken while testing the Sony FE 28mm f2 back in June. The sea looks a bit different now that we're into winter; nonetheless, it's still beautiful. God is so good, and I feel blessed by Him to so close to the ocean.


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