Today I drove to Berry located about three hours south of Sydney for the Berry Pop Con. I didn't expect much apart from a nice drive through country NSW. I packed my camera kit and departed at about 9.30AM. I arrived by noon. I got distracted along the Princes Highway, trying to catch the view of Wollongong from Stanwell Tops as well as a quick detour (thanks to an outdated GPS unit) around Dapto. The GPS unit didn't know that a new section of the highway was completed and tried to take me through the old part of Dapto. The problem was that with the new highway in place, the old streets were closed off from thoroughfare traffic! So I got a nice view of the area before circling back.

I like the Princes Highway a lot better than the Hume. The Hume Highway is a 110km/h yawnfest. At least with the Princes Highway you get to see some nice views and stop-over in a lot of interesting places. It's not as fast if you're trying to get from Sydney to Melbourne, but it's way more interesting trip if you can spare the time.

Poison Ivy / Feisty Cuffs

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Did a quick shoot across the road from the Berry School of Arts. Didn't need a lot of setting up. Just needed a tree and some green in the background, whilst avoiding passing traffic and parked cars. Picked up the Sigma 50mm Art and fired away at f/2.0 - f/2.8. I did a couple at f/5.6 but it wasn't really necessary.

My editing workflow has also improved in Adobe Photoshop. I used to add layers without thinking about the order. Which means I create multiple layers that duplicate and increase the file size. I'm trying to speed up my delivery as well as compact the size of the editing files.

For this shoot I used the Sigma 50mm Art. It is indeed a very versatile lens, but I think I prefer the Sigma 85mm f/1.4.

For clarification i do own the Sigma 35mm Art & 50mm Art, as well as the 85mm f/1.4. They each have unique and desirable characteristics. The 35mm is great for story telling, the 50mm is versatile and 85mm is the best for portraiture.

Most people talk about how sharp a lens is but i select my equipment based on the other characteristics of the lens, in particular the distortion and working distances with the person/subject. I tend to strobe so i don't usually shoot wide open. I typically shoot around f/7.1 to f/11 and use my lights for perfect exposures.

I don't enjoy using the 35mm for portraits unless I have no choice (very cramped spaces). Between the 35mm and 85mm I always preferred the 85mm because of how it compresses the image and doesn't distort the subject. I don't think software correction does a very good job and I always manually adjust my images.

The 50mm is versatile, but I think it is challenging for me to use. I like to focus and recompose, which normally messes up the focusing. When working with medium to wide open apertures, this is an additional issue on top of the subject moving / camera shake. This is a personal issue and I have to be mindful of when using the 50mm wide open.

The 85mm is my favorite because it is perfect for portraiture. The 85mm was attached to my camera for most of this year in the majority of my photo shoots. I don't really have a desire to upgrade to the Canon L because I shoot at f/8-11 anyway.

For action/sports i normally grab the Canon 200mm L. Not many people have the Canon 200mm prime. It is an uncommon prime because of the working distance. But it is also one of Canon's best telephoto lens. Fast, sharp and beautiful results! It is also low profile so you can take it to events without drawing too much attention (unlike the Canon 70-200Ls).

To complete my prime lens collection I guess I would eventually pick up the Canon 135mm L. I would then have the 35mm to 200mm covered with prime lens!

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Not too much direction needed with Feisty Cuffs. She knows her characters well, and we bounce ideas off each other until we get a good result. We also have fun in the process (in the form of invisible hot dogs - a trick I picked up from William).

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