Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens… {Melbourne | children’s photographer}

Bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens. Brown paper pacakges tied up with string, these are a few of my favourite things…

And oh, to photograph them all too! How do I work that into the song and make it sound good? Well, I am no songwriter, so I’ll just leave it at that. But tonight we are talking about my favourites and the question I was asked was:

Q: What is my favourite lens and why?

A: The answer is two-fold. I have a favourite lens, but I very rarely use it on shoots. The reason is simple – versatility. My favourite lens is my 50mm, f/1.4 prime lens. It is so tack sharp, so fast, and the bokeh that it gives me with my full frame D700 is literally to die for… melt-worthy! But… I am lazy. I don’t like to run after toddlers any more than I already do. So I use my Nikon 24-70mm, f/2.8 lens 99.9% of the time. Don’t get me wrong – I totally *heart* that lens too, but I am sure you will hear most photographers saying that there’s nothing like a prime lens. On my D90, the 35mm, f/1.8 was my favourite because it was the equivalent of the 50mm with the cropped sensor. It is also tack sharp and most of my earlier newborn work was done with that lens. Hmmm.. what more can I say? I think that’s about covered it, no? .

Please keep those questions coming!!!
Here are two images for comparison. Nothing has been done to them other than to sharpen for web and a slight vignette.

This first image was taken with my 24-70 lens at f/2.8

This image was taken with my 50mm at f/1.4

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3 Responses to Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens… {Melbourne | children’s photographer}

  1. Sarah Oxlade April 1, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Leebird, I love to see your passion for your work and your enlightenment shared with us here on your blog. I am however, totally at a loss as to the language of Photography with which you speak 😀 But regardless of that, your love for your lenses shines through and I love your work my luv!!! Love it! xxxx

  2. Liz April 1, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Ohh, those are so pretty! I have a question! Do you use all natural light when you shoot? Love your blog!

  3. Clarice April 2, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    These are beautiful! I have a question: How do you determine your aperture setting?

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