The reviews are coming! The reviews are coming!

I’ve gotten a lot of good response to my equipment reviews recently, and the camera geek in me loves doing them. I still make more than 99 percent of my income and get 100 percent of my passion from actually shooting for clients, though, so they can get lost in the shuffle. I have lots of great tools I rely on every day still waiting for review, and my friends at B&H and Adorama have supplied me with some really intriguing new pieces I can’t to test in the field.

So … before my season goes completely wacky, I’m going to vow to do one equipment review a week. Watch this space later today for a thorough field test of the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

The Moment of Shock

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It’s safe by now to reveal the couple in this photo. I love when I get hired to photograph the moment of a proposal. It’s fraught with such incredible emotion … and I get to use my best ninja skills. Here, the set-up was an incredibly romantic dinner date at the Metopolitain Museum of Art, with a classical quartet in on the act. As the groom-to-be set up, I pretended to be a tourist very interested in photographing nearby art pieces, until it was time to whip my lens toward the action. And they were so engrossed in the moment and their love for each other that even as I gave up pretense and shot from every angle, they didn’t so much as glance at me for almost 30 minutes.

Shock, and then joy — probably the best series of emotions one could hope for when they get down on one knee. And I don’t blame her … it was a heck of a ring.

Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s

Swimming with the Fishes


Please allow me a moment of tourist photography here. Wendy and I went down to Atlanta for about 36 hours in a quick “before the insanity comes” getaway. While the goal of finding some warmer weather utterly fell to 35-degree mornings, we did have an amazing time swimming in this very tank, including whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. There also was a Hammerhead in the tank that came awfully close, but we were promised it wouldn’t eat us … much.

Lens: 35mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s