The Power is Out in Manhattan … but the WTC Shines on

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Processed on my laptop, running off a vagabond mini, and running Internet off my phone. Using my road warrior skills in my own home…

Taken hand-held.

Bill Nixon - Very cool and very eerie shot of NYC Ryan!! I am following the hashtag #sandy on Twitter tonight. Just tweeted your website for you in that conversation.

Kelly Hosch - Great Pic!

Leslie Isaac Kok - Best of luck over the storm mate!

Hector Martell - WOW.

André Gohlke - Saving energy to safe the planet, one way!

Bryce Wade - Dang, you ARE MacGyver.

Derek Martinez - Nice shot dude!

Christina and Brian’s Trash the CAKE session

Sometimes fate knocks on your door … and sometimes it brings cake.

I’d met the incredible cake-maker Hope from A Little Imagination Cakes at a Grace Ormonde event and I started thinking: Hey, your cakes are incredible. Why don’t we destroy one? Wouldn’t it be great to get a bride and groom just going nuts with it? Man, who could we find for that?

A couple days later, I get an e-mail from Christina. She wants to do a Trash the Dress session … but she really wants to trash it. No “just wading into a puddle and getting it a little wet.” She has a Vera Wang gown, and she wants it to go out in style.


Christina and Brian had a comic book-themed wedding, and Hope went all out to make an awesome DC-hero themed cake for them — AND recreated their fantastic save-the-date on layers of the cake itself. All this for something we were about to smash to tiny bits. That’s love of craft.

And smash we did.

This was an awesome day. Thank you Hope, thank you Christina and Brian, and thank you Dave Paek for great assistance.

sarah der - THIS IS SO DELICIOUSLY AMAZAZING!!!!!!!!! I love every bit of it.

Evelina Pentcheva - What great natural captures! Very inspiring! I love the 3rd last shot with the umbrella covered with cake and way it’s captured

Amir - Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Holy flying colorful cake Batman! Seems like they had a lot of fun.

Julianne Markow - this is awesome.

Rens Pontier - Awesome, just awesome. It really shows they had a lot of fun! :-)

Dave Paek - That was so much fun – thanks Ryan!

Jeanine A. Ringer - So incredibly cool:) It’s so great that the cake had such vivid colors in it.

Joe Dantone - Haha, I feel so bad for that Vera Wang dress but this shoot looks like it was so worth it. Awesome job as usual Ryan! Looked like it was a blast to shoot.

Cheryl Gonzalez - This was soooo awesome!!

Giorgio Violino - Wasting shooting! great Maestro :)

Ryan Clements - Favorite of the year.

Fabrice Drevon - Photographe - Super series Ryan.
BTW the cake looked visualy amazing too! :-)

Chris Cowley - Seriously awesome! I love the final umbrella shot – bet it was great fun to capture!

alex ho - wow, that looked crazy! great captures!

Abigail - This is my favorite set EVER! Nice job!

Sarah Johnson - I love EVERYTHING about this fantastic shoot! You are such an inspiring photographer.

Alex Blackwelder - amazing

Sai Kit Chu Photography - I’m always inspired by your pictures. This set brings your creativity to a whole new level!

Truly Photography - Great idea and an amazing set of images. Love the umbrella shot.

Varun Saran - You climbed a tree didn’t you? 6th row down. Awesome!

Dennis Pike - YES!

Christina & Brian Colon - BEYOND anything we could have ever imagined!!! You really are the BEST in the business!!! THANK YOU

Mikkel - Great session! I love how colorful the cake was inside. :-)

Derek Martinez - So awesome, nicely done dude!

Midtown Loft and Terrace Wedding: Dana and Jamie

I don’t do as many destination weddings as I could because, in NYC, destination weddings come to you. Yes, I would love to go to Scotland and shoot a crazy celebration in the lush highlands, but I could also have clients like Dana and Jamie, you bring all of their guests and the band in from Scotland to celebrate at Midtown Loft and Terrace, a five-minute walk from my studio. And on a Wednesday, no less.*

It was an amazing day, especially thanks to the guidance of planner Christine at Exquisite Affairs Productions and the help of John Edgar and assistance from Dave Paek. John actually grew up in Scotland, so he was my cultural attaché. But even he couldn’t fully translate the heavy dialect of the grandfather’s nonetheless hilarious speech.

Randy kids, wild adults, waving kilts, grand marches, and lots and lots of alcohol. All of the destination, none of the plane travel. Thank you.

*I support this trend. I’ve photographed weddings on every day of the week in 2012, which is not a common feat.

Derek Christie - Superb work as usual Ryan. Always admired your stuff and if you ARE ever in Scotland and need someone to 2nd shoot. Give me a shout.

Trent Gillespie - The forth to the last photo… Brenizer method or tilt? If brenizer, did you ask them to stay still, or did the scene afford stationary subjects?

Good job too :)

Giovanni Logrono - Very awesome as always. On the Brenizer of them by the water, is that a leaf in mid-air to the left of her?

Jolene Oldham - You are such an inspiration…another awesome shoot, but I expect no less from you. :D

Tomoaki Takagi - always brilliant and sharp,,, I love nikon d3s.

Sam Jordon II - Ryan, you are just off the charts! Sometimes I get scared to view your site just because I never know what you will come up next. Your creative mind goes into overdrive. You make me want to leave Canon and go Nikon. If I never do anything the rest of this year or next, I want to shadow you one day. I think a trip to NY from KC is worth it. Outstanding work as always.

Leigh Ann Pobiak - Lovely collection of photos. Great work.

Mary - Outstanding coverage! Back lighting on the first shot has turned out really nicely.

Paul - Nice set of photos – great work. Nice tonal range.

Liz Donald - Looks fantastic Dana! Well worth the long wait – hope you and Jamie will be happy together for ever and ever.

Robert - Ryan, how did you do the rooftop grouppic, it looks unreal. Did you say Freeze and Brenizermethod the c*** out of it? Awesome anyway, and hope you are doing allright over there in the storm!

Derek Martinez - Love your eye for details and your portraits are stunning!

Roland Hale - Love the ass grab! And the whole wedding.

Anne Morrison - wow your fotos are stunning….congratulations!(better late than never eh?)..beautiful, happy bride xx.

The 67th annual Alfred E. Smith dinner, with President Obama and Governor Romney

In the middle of an important and extremely hard-fought campaign, two competitors who visibly dislike each other on personal and political levels came together to briefly put their swords aside, the mission of the Al Smith Dinner, which has been bringing candidates together since 1945. And yes, the moment was brief — one of the speeches seemed more biting than normal for an event primarily dedicated to self-deprecation — but it was there. President Obama and former Governor Romney met for the first time on friendly ground since 2004, the first sitting president to attend an Al Smith Dinner since 1984, and I was there, as the exclusive independent eye. They joked about Romney’s singing, they smiled in ways that showed exactly why they have reached the pinnacles of political life, and they prepared to bring the house down, raising millions for the archdiocese and marking the progress Catholicism has made in American politics. When Al Smith ran for president in 1924, the Klu Klux Klan almost managed to get an explicit anti-Catholic plank on the Democratic party platform. In 2012, both tickets have Catholics on them and no one even really notices.

It was an incredible honor in 2008 with Senators Obama and McCain, who as co-workers at the time were openly collegial throughout the night, but there is a unique thrill to photographing a current president, to tell the most powerful person in the world even which way to turn and smile.

I’d covered Presidents Bush and Clinton as part of press scrums for upstate newspapers, and won an award for coverage of Clinton when I sneakily broke away from the press pack with this crazy new device called a digital camera, but it’s hard to be fully prepared for an event like this. Even just maintaining sight lines for good compositions is a Herculean challenge when you are between the rock of not wanting to elbow aside a billionaire and the hard place of making sure Secret Service can keep a direct path to him at all times.

A challenge, and a thrill. One of the draws of photography is to spend my time doing something that will outlive me. I shoot weddings because these are images that people will value for decades. But to stand at a crossroads in history and witness the moment when these two candidates came together, shared each other a laugh, and called each other honorable men … thank you. Thank you for this.

Elissa - This is so awesome!

Jason Nunez - These are hands down the best photographs ever taken of any presidential candidates in the history of photography. Marvelous work! They should hire you as the official photographer of every sitting president.

benj haisch - AMERICA!!! nice work, man. this is nuts.

Kyle Ford - Kick ass set Ryan.

Sarah Brewbaker - Ryan…WOW!

Zohar Ralt - Did you freelens Romney? :D

Paul Krol - You did a swell job, Ryan. I’d have **** my pants if had this gig :-)

Branden Harvey - Well done Ryan! I really appreciate your take on these photos. Keep up the great work!

Matt Randolph - I’d pay to watch a video of you in action. Seriously, your next wedding, have someone follow you around the entire time and have them record you. Seriously.

Arol Horkavy - You are a total stud, Ryan. These photos are amazing.

Jason Nunez - These are hands down the best photographs ever taken of any presidential event in the history of photography. You should be hired as the photographer for every sitting president to come.

Bob Orchard - Wow…..just absolutely amazing shots! Congrats!

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - You must have been restrain to a small bag, What was in it?

Michael Streubert - Man, such great captures- amazing how you get them so razor sharp.

Nicholas Gonzalez - Wonderful work, Ryan!

Mike Kelly - An incomparable rendering of such a momentous event, Ryan. Exceedingly well-done.

Tall - Ryan, this is some smash-up photojournalism. Those huge grins from these men is refreshing at this time of year.

Matt - Awesome mate! Seriously awesome!

Jackie Burhans - Wow, just wow. I’d love to chimp the EXIFs of each photo. I’d love to have even ONE shot this good of anyone, or one photo however good of this event.

Brian Boing - Awesome job Ryan! that’s one serious gig!

Mitch Orr - Stunning. Did you use flash for this Ryan?

Amir | Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Wow! What a coverage! Love all the spontaneous shots from the event. Must have been a real challenge.

Pedro Alicea - Ryan, as always, truly amazing. You portrayed each candidate equally and none, in my opinion, in a negative light. Not sure of the blurred photo of who I think is President Obama thru a glass, but that is personal taste and not reflective of your talent.

AC - So cool to see an up close and personal look at how world leaders roll.

Meredith Adams - These are absolutely brilliant. Love the shot with Obama and the bokeh overlapping him.. What an awesome opportunity. So good.

Penny Maggio - What a thrill that must have been! Such an incredible opportunity to be a part of history like this.

Congratulations, Mr President! » Ryan Brenizer — NYC Wedding Photographer. Problem solver, storyteller. - […] It’s been a long road since this one I took in 2008 (and a shorter one since a few weeks ago)… […]

Carolyn Lloyd Photography LLC - These gave me chills. Absolutely breathtaking and inspiring! What an incredible event, and what an amazing eye you have.

Bemby Andiyanto - Awesome Ryan. You’re so talented. Very good journalism.

Chateau Briand Wedding: Samantha and Tushar

When you meet Samantha and Tushar, they strike you as extremely kind, deeply in love, and a little quiet. Well, two out of three are true, at least when it comes to wedding receptions. With countless deep friendships that they’ve maintained over the years, extensive dancing, musical performances, and even an entrance via a pneumatic platform via the Chateau Briand, it was anything but a quiet reception. What else could one expect from a wedding featuring Tushar’s brother, from deep Georgia, the self-proclaimed “only Indian redneck?”

Gorgeous day, amazing people. Congratulations, you crazy kids.

Martino - Wonderfull work, full of emotions, colours and happiness… Thumbs up!

Max - Pure feelings captured! Amazing lighting!

Jenny - You inspire me! Your work is outstanding.

Elissa - Wow. You are the holy to everyone’s moly. Every frame in this post is just delicious.

Richa Kashelkar - You do know that the back-lit, bride getting ready shot with the hairspray is breathtaking, right?

Ed Pereira - Beautiful photos as usual…I could see some Fer Juaristi inspired shots in there! Especially the dark shot of the couple with the leaves on the right…amazing…

Martino Studioboda - Wonderfull and inspyring!

Michael Clegg - Ryan- your work are so incredible! You set the bar so high! As a wedding photographer too, your work/blogs are my mentor.

Chelsea Patricia - Lovely coverage, as usual :)

Kacy Jahanbini - awesome as always ryan… and I really dig the use of b+w in these.

Darryl - Your dance floor captures are jive-tastic!

Trent Gillespie - The shot of the bride looking at the camera is spot on. Good stuff.

Al - What lens did you use for the macro ring shot top left ?

Still the 60mm 2.8?

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - Another victorious battle Ryan, another happy couple I guess :)

Amir - Beautiful coverage. Love the lively reception photos. You have captured the atmosphere in a beautiful authentic way.

Ryan Brenizer - Thanks Ed! I love Fer, but he’s not the first person to put a bride in a sunbeam, haha, and I don’t think he uses a tilt-shift.

Martin Hambleton - Every time I look at your latest blogpost I think, “Wow, how did he see that shot?” or “what a great angle”. Frankly, you’re working on a different plane to the rest of us. Really inspiring work – yet again.

Rishabh Agarwal - Absolutely awesome. That shot with the lady peeking through the church door, so much emotion :)

Derek Martinez Photography - Phenomenal wedding, you really captured their day and told their story beautifully!

Portrait of a President

Whatever side of the fence you’re on, you can’t argue against President Obama’s smile (or Mitt Romney’s hair).

I can’t even describe how sharp this picture is at full size. I put the 24-70 aside for the last few years because it almost made things too easy and mindless, but it is an amazing performer.

Note: In all of these posts, negative political commentary against either side will be deleted. The entire Internet lies out there, waiting for your flame wars.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8

Tracy Morter - Wow that is brilliant! Just brilliant.

Sally Watts - Wonderful! What an infectious smile.

Kathleen DeCosmo (@katiesheadesign) - Great Photography Ryan!!

Paul Krol - well done, Ryan Brenizer!

Jon-Mark Wiltshire - I suggest this for all the partisans who get all up in arms when the other candidate appears somewhere:

Leigh Ann Pobiak - Great shot of Obama, and I agree, fantastic smile! :0)

Christine Whelan - holy smokes! what an absolutely amazing image! great job!

Chelsea Patricia - This photograph is a great reminder that politicians are people, plain and simple. Like their decisions or not, they are human, with human emotions–life, laughter, love and everything else that we all experience, including pain, shame, and loss. To attack a political stance is one thing, to attack another human being is quite another. Thank you, Ryan, for such a candid, emotional capture :)

Charlotte Hodge - Amazing opportunity for you Ryan and an incredible gift to us all…Love this picture…Please send one to his family. :)

Iwona Adamczyk - Ryan, Flash or no?

Chris Brock - Very Nice and at 60mm.

Eric - Emotion captured! Really nice Ryan!!

Robin Brenizer - Just amazing Ryan. We are so proud.

Al Garcia - That is my go to combo for weddings. It’s insane how sharp that lens can be even at 2.8. A little too good at times where it brings out many fine lines and wrinkles Ina brides face ! Congrats on your opportunity Ryan!

David Walters - You have captured President Obama’s (and Mitt’s below) innocence and childlike expressions, I love it. In the stressful and all encompassing life in world politics this is a side not easily captured.


Neil Redfern - Fantastic image Ryan! It’s so refreshing to see the human side of politicians, such a natural shot.

Lori - just love

That Fleeting Moment: Romney, Obama, and Cardinal Dolan at the Al Smith Dinner

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Whew. I just got back from the Al Smith Dinner. I haven’t even download all of the images yet, but thanks to hyper-efficiency of the media world, this one has already been sent out to the newswires a couple hours ago. It was an amazing event and an incredible honor to have a near-exclusive eye on history, flanked only by two campaign photographers who have already made an incredible mark on history themselves: Eric Draper and Pete Souza.

Apparently, other than the debates President Obama and former Governor Romney haven’t been near each other since 2004. And they haven’t exactly been sharing a laugh during the debates. So it was a pleasure to be there for that brief moment where two fierce competitors put down their guard for a fleeting moment … and laughed about Mitt’s singing. (“It was pretty good!” according to the president).

More to come.

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8

Danny Gorman - I wish you could do a blog of these I think it would look pretty awesome!

Brian Kraft - Coolness! Great shot, Ryan!

Robyn - Ryan, this is a classic photo! Fantastic.
At a second glance, the chandeleir presents itself as a ‘possible speech or thought bubble’ :D Possibilities!
Perhaps it’s just my silly sense of humour!

Dave Paek - This is a “fly-in-the-wall” moment that few of us get to see (both Obama and Mitt with their guards down – well sort of). And WOW, I can’t say enough about that picture quality! ;-) A historic photo – superbly captured!

Tim Forbes - Dude, come on. Really awesome and how cool is it for you to have such a privilege in life? Wow, man.

Robin Brenizer - Great photo Ryan! Too bad I couldn’t have gone with you to hold your camera case.

Georgi Anastasov - Nice portrait of USA – 2 parties and the church are having fun while someone else pay the check:)

Nathan Mitchell - well done.

Thomas Lester - Nicely done. Even more nicely that you got the gig. Half the battle is being there, right?

Roger N - prepare for this picture to end up an internet meme!

Gene D. Lanier - Know your mom is really proud…….

Kathleen DeCosmo (@katiesheadesign) - Ryan,

I want to frame this very historic photo. Excellent!

Johnny Danger - Buddy if I see it right here… Romney was just about to finish his delivery of the “Father Nelson” joke?

nadine - Great moment captured, Ryan. The world needs more love!

Another Chance at History

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I’ll be back as the sole independent photographer in the Al Smith Dinner tonight, with President Obama and former Governor Romney, among countless other luminaries. Watch it on C-Span at 9.

It has been an incredible honor to have an exclusive eye to history multiple times. Nervous and tremendously excited. Heck, I’m excited just to work alongside Pete Souza, let alone everything else.

Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: 24-70 f/2.8

Zach Sutton - Wow! Quite the honor. Congrats!

Chelsea Patricia - I love this. GO YOU for catching this moment so perfectly!

Martin - Good luck Ryan!

Brent Chapman - Good luck tonight. I’ll know you’ll do awesome as always. See if you can get them to stand still long enough to do a B Method on them. lol

Aden Priest - Good luck man!

Patrick Downs - Nice. No pressure… you do huge weddings, fercriminysake!

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson - I would throw up. Have fun! :) hee hee.

Rosita Monzon - It’s a beautiful photo too.

Mike Pollan - Nice…

Patrick Downs - Shooting all available? The light looks decent at least, thankfully.

Brian Di Croce - Can you freelense Obama for us?

Nathan Mitchell - yeah man, Souza is something else! Good luck!

Bill Duffany - Man, Ryan; you just go from high power couple to high power couple… Congrats! We’re thrilled for you and honored to know you. Can’t wait to see your work!

timothy Ryan - Proud of you Ryan! I’m from Dannemora! Was friends with your Mom and uncle Mike! Tim

Fabrice Drevon - Such an honor indeed!
Big big fan of Obama.

Rebecca and Varun (D600 Review Coming Soon!)

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I’ve had the findings I need to review the Nikon D600 for a month, but I’ve been (not so) patiently awaiting the software I like to use to update to support files from the camera. Alas, this hasn’t happened yet, but I will listen to those of you who have clamored to hear more about it.

One big plus for it — it didn’t freeze up at all while shooting this 47-image panorama, while the D800 would have locked up several times from all that data coming in too fast.

Camera: Nikon D600
Lens: Lens: 47-image “Brenizer method” panorama with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G (equivalent of 28mm f/0.45 according to Brett’s calculator)

Daniel Miller - Beautiful! greyscale+[sepia]tone and crop to 8×10.. you could almost swear it was taken with a large format field camera.

Alejandro Rivera - Marisela Salas de Portillo mire esta foto….. puede ver que el fondo es bastante grande y desemfocado?

Allen Collier - Hey Ryan My stitches seem to always be >1GB in size and about 150MP. is this a problem for you? must say though its some innovative thinking on your part, love the look.

Jeffrey Palmer - No matter how many times I see you use this technique, the results are always amazing. Another wonderful capture!

Matt Islam - I am hanging on between the D600 and D800 and I have to make a call to get one within the week…..please tell me your review is due in soon because I really really put weight to your recommendations…..mind sharing what you thought? Will it make you go Nikon? Is Nikon your primary camera brand now?

Reyner - Hi Ryan.
I’m wondering, what’s your preferred raw software?
I love the colours and all the fine details on your pictures.
Where and how do you “cook” the raw files to get them as we see?
Thank you very much for sharing and inspiring.

cmratu - superb, i like it so much.. just learn this brenizer method..

Painting the Seversky Mansion

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Some fun at Annie and Will’s wedding at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion

Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: 14-24mm f/2.8

Aragian Marko - O_O’

Ronny Nause - Any information on how you may have done this? I’m assuming you didn’t enter the frame, unless your models were VERY good at staying still.

Alexander Chiu - Whoa, you must have been booking it hard! Great shot. Love your work.

Laura Ryan Moakley - I love shooting there.. nice job! tripod and a nice long shutter speed :)

Daniel Love - This is absolutely phenomenal.

Leslie Isaac Kok - Great photo…. colour is so perfect…..

RSPhoto - Photographe mariage et bébé - Reportage photo Paris - I like it, nice job!

rich - wow – shot left me speechless!

Quick Review: Tokina 300mm f/6.3 for Micro 4/3ds

882238Generally a lot of the stuff I review is on the professional, end of the scale, high-performing but expensive. There’s a pretty good reason for that — during the season especially at least 98 percent of the shooting I do is for paying clients, and I want to use the best equipment for the job. But when Tokina recently announced the 300mm f/6.3 Mirror lens for Micro 4/3rds, it stirred my interest. Mirror lenses seemed like things of the distant past, so I wanted to see how they had done balancing the strengths and weaknesses of the design for the new age. But also there seemed to be a unique opportunity when paired with the Olympus OM-D. Generally, the only situation that you can shoot something at 300mm and f/6.3 is under very brightly lit conditions, generally full sun. But with the impressive noise performance and highly effective in-camera lens stabilization of the OM-D, it seemed like it might be possible to shoot in more general conditions.

First: What is a mirror lens? In broad brush strokes, basically it’s a telescope that fits on your camera. They have one fixed aperture and with very rare exceptions are manual focus. They never became widely popular largely because of the fixed, usually very slow apertures, and because the design produces some very strange bokeh, turning any patches of light into swirly donuts:

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Ok, so what’s the point? Weight and cost. They tend to be much cheaper than equivalent “real” lenses and much, much lighter — especially when combined with the 2.0 crop factor of micro-4/3rds. Here’s what it’s like to carry the Canon 600mm f/4 (taken from Juza Photo) next to what it’s like to carry the OM-D and Tokina.


These set-ups have similar frames of view, though of course the similarities end there. The tokina is manual-focus, a smaller unchangeable aperture, and in depth of field terms on a full frame camera it is similar to a 600mm f/13. But you can see why this might be the sort of thing a private eye would want in their bag.

As someone who only shoots above 85mm in certain situations, shooting at 600mm was an interesting challenge. For the first few days it was actively jarring to put the camera up to my face, and astonishing how far back I had to stand from my subjects. The Tokina has surprisingly close focus, and functions as a 1:2 macro. But even photographing something as small as a wedding ring meant standing two or three feet away!


It’s almost unfair to compare the optical performance of this little guy to the professional glass I normally use, but in any case do not expect much. When my assistant looked at some photos I had taken with it, he said “I think something’s wrong with your camera, these are really cloudy.” Contrast is not very good at all in most situations — that can be corrected somewhat in post-processing, but post can never make up for that entirely. But when everything works right, it can be sharper than I expected:


As the 100 percent crop shows, even with the good performance of the OM-D, shooting at f/6.3 indoors means learning to live with noise. To shoot this (from way, WAY across the room) in good window light, I had to be at ISO 5,000. This is not a normal use lens.

It’s also not very easy to manually focus an ultra-telephoto lens — shooting motion with this will take both skill AND luck. My diopter was off just a tiny bit on the OM-D, and even that made focusing nearly impossible. Something like the Panasonic 100-300mm is going to be well worth the extra money for most users. It’s almost double the weight, and is a lot more conspicuous … but nothing like walking around with a 600mm. Some of the possible uses for this lens seem well, a little creepy, but we won’t focus on that. For non-creepy users, it’s mostly recommended for people who want to shoot telephoto but very rarely, because this is a lot easier to keep in a little bag at all times than the Panasonic, or for people who really like swirly donuts. With the right subject, even a lens like this can turn out good results:

Timmi Simmi - ISO 5000, seriously? in daylight?
I have the Samyang 500mm f6.3 mirror lens on a Samsung NX20 camera, and I think you’ll agree that a 500mm is more challenging than a 300mm lens.
I’m getting good pictures at iso160 and 1/60sec, and not the noise you are showing.
Not sure what is wrong with your OMDEM5…

Wouter - Reply to Timmm:

Maybe becouse of the weight of the Samyang 500mm f6.3, which is around 700g. I’m still doubting what gives more camera shake on a tele lens: heavy or light lens.

Shine On, You Crazy Tree Lights

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One from Jennifer and Bill’s wedding. More to come …

Camera: Nikon D3s
Lens: 45mm f/2.8 PC-E
Place: Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

Damian Faulkner - Super Image thanks for posting.

Dave Paek - Money shot!

Heidi Herlihy Alger - Crazy Tree Lights take over. A bit much for me. On the other hand, I always enjoy your fun posing and reflection of the wedding couple.

Mohd Nasir - awesome!

Farid Yek - wow nice..

Bob Delsol - all i can say is wow. very beautiful.

Amir | Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Absolutely fantastic! Love the reflected bokeh is outstanding.

David Walters - Recipe for Amazing Wedding Bokeh

1. One String of Lights
2. Add Some Water
3. Invite Ryan to Wedding

Derek - Bokehlicious! Nicely done Ryan!

Boston Public Library Wedding: Erika and Chip

What a journey. First, they got married, with an uninvited guest named Hurricane Irene. All of the emotion was there, family and friends who had come in town for the wedding managed to make it despite the transportation shut down, but one thing was missing — a really good party.

So Erika and Chip turned to their home town, Boston, and threw a fantastic wedding at the Boston Public Library. And they partied, hard. Not just with dancing, but sharing joy with family, casting a giddy eye to the cloudless sky, and even getting a little crazy and showing some books who’s boss.

(Disclaimer again from the son of a librarian: These aren’t library books. We bought them from the pulping pile for this purpose.)

It was an honor and a pleasure to spend more than two years planning, laughing, and telling stories with Erika and Chip. Thanks to Jason Kan for joining me on this chapter, and doing great work.

Dennis Pike - YES! This is awesome

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - out of all the Weddings I’ve seen from you Ryan, this has got to be my favorite one. So many outstanding photos! Love it

Anna Michalska - So much love. That last shot especially <3.

Trent Gillespie - Awesome job. Lots of fun creative setups and then some fantastic natural emotion shots.

Ariana Watts - Goodness gracious – draw dropping awesomeness. Every. single. shot. Amazing.

Jolene Oldham - This is wonderful! I love these shots…Funny, I did a lot of the paper flying and overhead shots in this video a couple years back:

Nancy J Silvers - Beautiful! It looks like a fabulous venue and it looks very romantic! Love it!

rich - these are just ridiculous. the couple’s shots alone in the library and just amazing!

Sara Kelly Johns - fabulous use of pulp books! Great photos, Ry!

Jim Murphy - Amazing stuff! Great work. Love the library shots.

Patrick H. - This shoot is awesome! You definitely captured the playful spirit of the couple.

Robin Eiszler - Beautiful wedding! Your work is amazing!

Lukas Gisbert-Mora - Hi Ryan, how do you make those amazing Grid in your blog?

Peter Lippert - Wow, Ryan. Inspiring, as always.

Yaneck+Sasha - Chicago Wedding Photographers - Such an amazing and fun set! Totally love the library photos – super creative, fun, and simply beautiful.

Coming soon, Erika and Chip

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

Joachim Kolender - I love Brenizer Photos!!! :-)

Dave Reyno - The Boston public Library is a amazing location!

Amir | Ottawa Wedding Photographer - Fantastic shot! the back lighting is really working on this one.

Stephen Ingram - Ryan

Again, this is a beautiful image. I love the lighting in the foreground. Did you use a 910 to light your subjects? Also have you formed an opinion of the D4?

Central Park Boathouse wedding: Corrie and Eric

This is a story of love and sneakers. Great sneakers.

Eric is a bit of a collector, you see. He has a room full of them. And so they featured prominently in the wedding decor — and the traction came in handy, since I’d already known from Corrie’s cousin’s wedding that she’s a heck of a dancer. Take the glamour of locations like the New York Palace and Central Park Boathouse, add a ball of pure energy in bride form, and throw in some Chinese dragons? Fantastic all around.

Thanks to Julianne Markow for helping me and doing a great job!

Joe B - Even the Chinese Dragons have awesome sneakers! Love the first dance shot! The wedding should be a Nike commercial. Just Wed It!

Julianne Markow - Dude, it was amazing working with you and seeing how you do things. Even after being there that day it still amazes me to see these, you are seriously un-freaking-believably awesome.

Hendrick Moy - they’re technically chinese lions haha, but the work is amazing enough to overlook that technicality.. ;-)

Kelly Villatoro - love!

Cesur Erboyacı - Lovely

Martin David Hambleton - Do you ever take a bad photo? I seriously doubt it. Another great set of images.

Pat Sibbitts - Beautiful, beautiful pictures. I always love looking at them!

Amir | Ottawa Wedding Photographer - The reception shots have turned out great. Well done!

Samira - OMG! I love your compositions! And in NYC too. I definitely want to see more of your work!

Jennie Miles - Lovely wedding – I love the Boathouse in Central Park – how fab to be a wedding tog in NYC :)