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TESTING THE SONY FE 28MM F2 LENS

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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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O-U-T-T-A-K-E-S

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

I've Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

I almost deleted this photo, but I'm glad that I decided to import it into Lightroom. In camera I was shooting in the B&W mode so that the color didn't distract my test, but I was shooting RAW+JPEG and the raw file retained the color data. What I was doing was a flash comparison between the Nissin i40 and a rented Sony HLV-F43M. During this test I was using the Sony a6000 with the Zeiss Touit 32mm f1.8 lens (this photo) and the Sony a7II with the Zeiss Batis FE 25mm f2 lens, and getting as close to my subject (just stuff around the house) as I could to see if the flash would blow it out. Both flashes did very well actually and seemed fairly equal. I rarely if ever shoot flash but rented the Sony for the fun of it to shoot an event at my church that I knew would be very dark.

To me this photo is really fun, and in this case, the color makes the picture. The fan in the right lens reminds me of a palm tree, the basket makes me think of a picnic basket, the paper junk mail coupon resembles a tablecloth and the glasses sunshine. You have to use your imagination, but all of these elements make this photo work as a photograph. Photography is all about imagination isn't it? Lesson learned: Don't delete photos!


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Life in 3D

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

POW!

I spent about an hour yesterday testing the tiny Sony 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens on my Sony a6000--I just love pancakes don't you? The shot above was taken at ISO 125 @ f6.3, and wow, just look at the 3D rendering of this lens--and this is on an APS-C sensor mind you! These tiny E-Mount cameras never cease to amaze me, and I'm loving every second that I shoot with them.

I rented the lens from Lens Rentals, and it's proven to be a perfect companion for street photography on the a6000. It's not stellar wide open at f2.8 in the corners from what I've seen so far (I'm spoiled by my Zeiss lenses), but it's perfect for street photography when stopped down. Stay tuned for more from this combo next week, as I'll be heading to Miami tomorrow to teach a one-day, one-to-one street photography workshop.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING STREET PHOTOGRAPHY, AND WOULD LIKE TO SCHEDULE A ONE OR TWO DAY, ONE-TO-ONE WORKSHOP IN MIAMI, PLEASE CONTACT ME.


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O-U-T-T-A-K-E-S

©2015 CRAIG LITTEN

A Golden Opportunity

Setting up for a video shoot where a pair of models were having gold confetti thrown over them while being shot from above for a City Furniture New Year's ad. The set-up and lighting is the vision of filmmaker Michael Neumann of One World Productions, and the creative geniuses in the marketing department at City Furniture of South Florida.


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