I finished up my very first semester at college with a B in Chemistry and As in everything else, and came home to my family, my girlfriend, and the wonderful Vermont I’ve lived in since forever. I shot some newspaper assignments, got a little raise (yes!), shot a gay wedding (interesting experience), and spent some time doing much and some time doing nothing! I’ve also decided to make some upgrades to the equipment lineup, starting with Canon’s 24mm f/1.4L II to replace the Sigma 20mm f/1.8, which was great, but really not sharp enough for my liking. I’m also getting the 135mm f/2L which should be a whole bunch of fun. 🙂 I realized it would have been useful at the wedding where I was shooting 1/30 sec. at f/2.8, ISO 4000 on the 70-200/2.8L (image stabilization came from leaning against doors and pillars). The Zeiss 50/1.4 has been dropping the ball lately, but I think I’ll hold onto it for a while longer because the images really do look nice and it feels so good to use.
Enough with the gear talk! Let’s see some photos! I shot these the morning after driving back home from RPI.
Precipitation of any form looks much prettier in Vermont than Troy. 🙂 There was some interesting frost that appeared on the trees during a foggy day.
I got some interesting distortion at the bottom of that last one from shooting right over a tree branch.
Then I shot a feature for a local ski mountain..
And then it was time to play in the snow!
And then Padmavati and I went to Burlington for a day together. Made a few photos, but it was so cold! I hope we can go back there again.
Trying to be Chris Weeks. 😉 I wish I had brought the Canonet. But then again it was freezing cold outside. Next time.
It also snowed a couple nights ago and at around 10:30PM Padmavati and I went into completely-empty Woodstock and made photos. I want to do that again as well, it was a lot of fun and very beautiful!
The 50/1.4 is soft – even at f/1.8 sometimes.
But I love it for closer portraits.
It also looked nice on my road during the day..
The 850 looking as trusty as ever! 🙂
And finally, a simple winter landscape as the sun went down. Probably should have used an ND grad but I still kind of like it.
Hope everyone reading this is doing well! I’ll post more soon. Also, I think the kids on my floor and I might actually start working on a zombie movie (in 1080p with the 5D Mark II of course) that everyone’s been wanting to do since we’ve become friends. Should be fun.
I go back to school on the 24th, which is exciting, but I really miss being home. Can’t wait for new classes but I can’t wait for summer vacation either.