Friday, August 31, 2007

Trying Out Canon's 85mm MkII L lens!!

I rented Canon's popular 85mm f/1.2L MkII prime lens from the cool folks at BorrowLenses. Known for its sharp & smooth colors and buttery bokeh, it makes an excellent portrait and detail lens. I plan on deploying this "fat boy" for Erin & Chris' wedding this weekend, and I'm stoked! I will definitely add this to our business budget for next year. I just need to run it by my appropriations committee (a.k.a., my wife Denise, lol). Check out the images below. Other than resizing for the web and minor exposure adjustments (I was shooting faster than I was setting up my shots), these were straight out of the camera! Keep in mind, these were just test shots so I didn't clean up the kids or anything, lol.
Here's my boy Nathan sneaking in a piece of bubble gum, lol
Nate is such ham!The most photographed baby ...This almost looks "posed", but it wasn't. I guess she's getting used to daddy's camera.Nate with baby sister Jordan...
My beautiful wife! ;)Wow! That bokeh is amazing!Jordan's favorite toy, "Walrus"And here she is lettin' him have it! HAHA... uh-oh...Jordan's got a new chew toy, LOL!Here are photos of the 85mm attached to my 5D, and my 24-70mm wide angle next to it
See why I call it "fat boy" ? Because it's menacing!Just look at all that glass inside. Hence the reason it's f/1.2!!I LOVE this lens!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Anne & Mallory's Photo Op!

Denise, Jordan & I roamed the streets of Philadelphia with my cousins Chris, Anne and her daughter Mallory. After eating at Geno's for lunch, we snapped a few awesome shots in the city and at Fairmount Park! Both mom & daughter hammed it up for the camera! Check out some images below and view all of their photos on the SLIDESHOW. You can also use the slideshow "browse gallery"
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Patricia & Keith


















This was one of my more difficult outdoor shoots due to the dreadful heat index of 110+! It was actually a bit challenging to think straight with extreme heat and all the tourists at the Lincoln Memorial watching in awe, lol. It seemed like we were all dripping buckets of sweat by the end of the Memorial shoot. A US Park Ranger did stop us to check in since we were a large group impeding some foot traffic, good thing we had a permit!

Cake by Connie's Cake Creations!

Friday, August 24, 2007

The Best Philly Cheese Steak Is.....???

So we went to Philadelphia to visit my cousins Chris and Anne, and Anne's daughter Mallory. We had a great time seeing the city and taking photos (more on that later). But THE highlight of the day was getting an authentic Philly cheese steak, and until you try one, you really have NO idea what you're missing. What's great is that it's nothing too fancy here, just good 'ol Philly style cooking. The bread was awesome and I highly recommend Cheez Whiz... yep, you heard right.

Now on to the battle... two of the most famous landmarks in Philadelphia are Geno's and Pat's. They are literally right across the street from each other! But be careful, you have to order correctly and need to speak english, otherwise they'll ignore you and can be a little rude at times.

Which cheese steak is the best? Well you guessed it, we went to Geno's for lunch and Pat's for dinner to do a taste test ourselves! The winner by a very small margin was Pat's, mostly because we preferred the chopped steaks. Denise felt the taste was better at Pat's and seem to "linger" more in flavor, influencing her vote for Pat's the King of Steaks. Anyway, after watching episodes on the Food and Travel channel about Pat's and Geno's, and the endless battles between their loyalists, I had to try 'em myself. And I must say, if you like cheese steaks, you've gotta make the trip! It'll be worth every bite! Both places serve up good eats, you can't go wrong with either :)


The Italian Market is just down the block, one of the famous spots that Rocky Balboa jogged through on his way to the famous museum steps (which in reality, is a good distance away, transportation recommended, lol)
Here we are at Geno's thoroughly enjoying ourselves looking like tourists. NOTE: Even though my cousin Chris has lived in the city for 5 years, this is his first time eating here! LOL.
A shot I took of Geno's standing across the street near Pat's
Ah yes, how easy it is to spot a tourist getting their photo taken at Geno's... like we did :)
And here's Pat's, not as flashy an exterior as Geno's but the food speaks for itself