Last weekend I used our Thomas the Train excursion to test drive a lens I’ve been wanting to shoot with for the longest time. For those of you who may be curious, it was the Canon 35mm 1.4. I usually always rent out any equipment I’m considering buying a couple of times before I make the decision to purchase. Photo equipment is not cheap, no m’am, so you want to make sure its worth every cent of your precious dolla if and when you do decide to invest.
I’m not sure if anyone is interested, but for those of you who might have a slight curiosity about the photos I capture, most of the time when I’m shooting the boys, I’m shooting with the 50mm 1.2. I’m predominantly a prime (fixed) lens shooter, I love the wide aperture abilities it gives me and the shallower Depth of Field (DoF). True the focal length is fixed, so my zooming capabilities are 100% reliant on 2 things, my feet. But I much prefer to be in full control of my composition and I’m not shy about getting up close and personal with my clients or kids to secure a great shot. Also I feel prime lenses often produce sharper images then their Zoom lens counterparts. But hey, these are just my personal preferences and my style is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. And this blog post is starting to get a little more techie then I intend, so if you slipped into a momentary coma, I completely understand and am not in the least bit mad.
Anyway, so given that most of Thomas the Train experience was going to happen on a train, I knew space was going to be tight and I would be restricted in how much moving about I’d be able to do, so I needed a lens wider than my 50mm. I do have the 24mm 2.8, but I often find this lens to be a bit too wide and my images can sometimes look a little distorted around the edges, so hence the decision to give the 35mm a go. And of course, I LOVED it.
But to make sure I was comfortable with the lens before our day with Thomas, I spent a good part of the day prior test driving it on the boys as they went about their business of playing in the sand.
Keane was in a very “lets throw sand around” mood.
And Cullen was in his usual “lets taste everything” mood. The trucks,
and the bucket.
Keane continues with the theme of throwing sand.
One thing about Cullen, he is not a great napper. Unlike his brother who is an excellent napper and can often sleep for a good 3 hour stretch. No, Cullen likes to power nap, 15 minutes here, 20 minutes there, so essentially, momma is never off duty. But that worked out well for me this particular day, cos now at least I had a subject to continue my shooting on.
Oh and Cullen has recently discovered his pointing finger and puts it to good use all day long, pointing at everything.