I am not all that thrilled about Monday today.
The weekend was pretty darn good though. It probably has something to do with the fact that B and I have been out of town the past two weekends. By the time Friday happened … I was exhausted. I had lofty goals of a productive Friday evening… but after work and a quick trip to the gym and making some dinner… I was practically ready for bed.
A few exciting things did happen this weekend though…
We got the house ready for fall and B did this spooky Halloweeny mantle…
and then we had the first fire of the season… & finished some craft projects… & organized some things around here…
We treated ourselves to a dinner out on Sunday night a favorite neighborhood joint and got Mahi Mahi tacos with mango and guacamole. Yum! For some dinnertime conversation we brought along our crazy-thick voter’s pamplets in an attempt to read through what all these initiatives are and begin to fill out our ballots. I am so tired of those TV commercials leading up to election day…. AH!
We planted some more tulip bulbs and did some weeding and had some yard master planning discussions with a surprise few sunshiney hours on Sunday…
And I got a new lens for my camera delivered from Amazon. I had been looking and looking and wanting it… so finally I just did it. I was pretty darn excited when it showed up …
And, it showed up just in time to play with it on Saturday when we went over to the twins’ and had a lil photo shoot for their family. : )
I have to say, the lens is pretty darn awesome. Initial reasoning… the ability to get my aperture set as large as 1.8 is just terrific. I think that if you ever know anyone that is moving to Seattle with an SLR you should get them this lens. The fact is.. I won’t use a flash unless I have to take a photo at night. I abhor a direct flash and what that does to the color of my photos. So during 7 months of the year I am on a constant quest for good lighting. I hardly take photos after work and on a weekend day I am still struggling to photo indoors. It usually involves a bunch of exposure/brightness/etc balancing in photoshop. But with this new lens… and Without much of my typical settings being changed but the f-stop (aperture)… It was SO MUCH EASIER to shoot in a low light setting. It was so so fast and blured the background WAY better then I have ever done before.
So … while the parents went to get ready for the family photos… B and I sat downstairs and played with the babies. Well actually baby. Ethan choose to sleep even though I kept whispering to him that we were taking pictures…. I think he might have whispered back something abou needing his beauty rest for the afternoon.
But Kaylee.. she is a happy picture subject.
Here is a pretty typical photo I would take with my Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens. Even with the Vibration Reduction setting on… In order to get enough light the picture is really blurry. Babies move ….
Now, seconds later, I popped on my new lens…. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
So same lighting, same baby, same color/indoor/all that jazz settings on my camera. This photo just is taken with a lens that got my aperture up to 1.8.
Oh, and she is looking at me now. Cause she likes my camera clicking. : )
Oh, and I did not Photoshop either of these. Not even color or brightness or crop or anything.
Now, there are a few things I am really going to have to get used to after day one with this lens on. All of a sudden I am getting more light, so the white balance settings I had already customized on my camera where a bit off. And… it is now possible to get too much light. Whoa. That has pretty much never happened to me before. I could definitely tell sharpness/light/color were some things I cannot wait to practice more . And the whole one size business. I walked a lot more and moved a lot more… where before i would have twisted my lens to zoom. But apparently, according to every blog I could find researching this puppy, I will get used to that.
But the babies… they make excellent lil subjects. So cutey.