May, 2011 Archives

Night Shots At Guo Mei Di Yi Cheng

May 26th, 2011 Permalink

Call it a slump, but I really haven’t shot anything that I have been proud of lately. I need to push myself more. For one, I need to get closer. I need to push my comfort zone. I need to talk to people more. I have a 70-200 2.8 for my DSLR. In Canada I […]

Call it a slump, but I really haven’t shot anything that I have been proud of lately. I need to push myself more. For one, I need to get closer. I need to push my comfort zone. I need to talk to people more.

I have a 70-200 2.8 for my DSLR. In Canada I would use that thing all the time. In China, I really don’t find it that useful. Here I am a 35 or a 50 man. Could sell it and get some short primes, but I know if I did that, I would regret it. Time to make more money…

No Real Title

May 9th, 2011 Permalink

    I have no real title for this post. I had food poisoning last weekend. I have not puked from sickness for about 10 years. My stomach is usually made of iron, but these bad clams had me crying for death. The top image was made with my 50 f1.4 @ 1.4. I love […]

 

 

I have no real title for this post. I had food poisoning last weekend. I have not puked from sickness for about 10 years. My stomach is usually made of iron, but these bad clams had me crying for death.

The top image was made with my 50 f1.4 @ 1.4. I love the images that come out of that lens close up.

#2 and #3 were with the 70-200 f2.8 @ 2.8. I find myself using that thing less and less. It has it’s place in my bag, but I find it a pain to carry with me and often leave it at home. Fast and light is the name of the game these days. I must be getting old.

#4 and #5 were done with the 16-35 f2.8 @ ~5.6 I think. This is a lens that I use to make most of my pictures with. It is versatile and gets the job done in 90% of the situations that I find myself in. It focuses close, it is sharp, it is lighter than the 70-200…

I do, however, find myself wanting faster and faster lenses. I really want to get the 35 f1.4 despite having a 16-35 strictly for the depth of field or lack there of.

On the topic of picture #4, it is a place called Ritan Park (日壇公园) and it is one of my favorite places in Beijing to spend a sunny afternoon doing nothing. There is a Jenny Lou’s supermarket (a good place to get western food) where I usually pick up a box of crackers, some stinky cheese and a nice big can of import beer. After that, the hours melt away while I write and contemplate my life in Beijing. To people that have never made it to China, you can never fully appreciate how complicated yet wonderful life here can be. It is changing so fast that you blink and there is another hutong destroyed and a skyscraper in its place. Call this an invitation. If anyone has a week or two of holidays, come on out.