I'll start by saying one thing. I'm not a hugely technical photographer. Lenses and equipment don't excite me that often, and I'm more inspired by people, places and capturing a moment than having the latest gadgets.
BUT...every now and again something comes into my kit that I wonder how I lived without it. Meet my new lens, the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art Lens. I think I will call her Betty.
I've been shopping around for a short time now for a new lens and was swayed towards this one after reading various lovely reviews. On arrival, i took it for a test drive at the beautiful beaches of Tynemouth where I stopped off while shooting a lovely family session in nearby Washington (you can check that blog out here).
The aperture range is great, it looks neat and it shoots brilliantly. I found the focus really nice and quick and enjoyed using it for shooting both landscapes and portraits while strolling along the beach. The lens felt sturdy and the images were lovely and sharp despite my shaking hands (whose idea was it to visit a beach in February anyway?).
The lens continued to work just fine in low light when we visited the wildlife at the Aquarium (for those who don't know, I LOVE an aquarium) and hell it even handled well for a few selfies. I can see this working beautifully at weddings and events where versatility is important!
As a photographer I sometimes forget how important it is to document my own life, as well as the people who I get to work with, so my resolution this year is to take my camera out more, shoot more personal images, and actually take the time to edit and post them instead of allowing them to fall behind the edit pile and be forgotten about! It's so important to take photos, capture memories and have something to look back on to remember all of your adventures!
Those of you who don't know, the fella in the photos is my husband, who has an avid interest in photography, most specifically in shooting film. I'm hoping to do more work with him for the blog and also to get my hands on that nifty pentax camera of his for some shoots so keep an eye out for that!
Next up on the blog I'll be talking about another sweet bit of kit I got my hands on this month (for a self described non technical photographer I'm sure talking about a lot of kit at the moment) and sharing some little bits about how I edit my work, my feelings on retouching and why I'm moving away from Photoshop and over to Lightroom!