Treating myself

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 8:16 pm

My wife would be saying “again!?” but this time I have a true business justification.  I treated myself to a nice piece of glass.  A very nice one I should say.  It has not left my 5DmkII yet, not once.  Everything I have shot since getting it was with it, except when I used my 50D to take a picture of it obviously…

After a while of shooting with it, I had the chance to go out on a last minute photoshoot downtown Montreal.  I met Nakita at a metro stop, headed to the Old Montreal and gave a test drive to the 70-200 f/2.8.

We shot for a while on the street, under a very harsh 6:00pm sun.  I think I gave a nice show for the tourists staring at us, the model in the middle of the street and the photographer lying on his back.  Later, while looking for a more industrial rough look, we stopped by Smith Street and shot under the bridge (no lying on the back there with all those pigeons…).  We finished off with a little bit of Strobist to get the image I anticipated since I had left the house.

I was really happy with the results.  Not because of the new lens because after a while, I forgot about it, it was just a lens.  No, simply because we moved a lot.  The past shoots I did on the street, I had a tendency to stick to one place.  It is not a bad thing in itself but when comes the time to select the final images and process them, I always find my total number of final images low because many simply look the same.  By moving a lot, I was forcing myself, and Nakita, to come up with different images.  The other thing that makes me happy is that I always considered myself as a flash photographer.  This is now my 3rd mainly available light shoot I do and I like the short material list needed for that!


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