New Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Today I received my new lens. This is a great low-light lens which I’ll find very useful in my wedding photography.

Here are a couple of images straight out of the camera. Note the extremely shallow depth of field. These were all taken at f/1.4 to see how the camera performed in low light. They were all hand-held, in Aperture Priority mode inside my house.

Dance Photography in Erie: Meaghan

I’ve been photographing Meaghan and her family for many years. She asked for professional dance portraits to accompany her senior images. Here are a couple of neat images from our recent session.

Erie Dance: Attack Theatre!

Last week I photographed a unique event: The dance performance of Attack Theatre performing Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale”, accompanied by a small group from the Erie Philharmonic.

Photographing in a quiet yet packed Warner Theatre was an interesting challenge for me. I was photographing without flash of course, from the back of the theater. The sound of my camera’s shutter would have been distracting, so I muffled the clicks it by wrapping me and my camera in thick layers of black velvet. I was invisible in the dark!

I had nearly optimal settings on my camera for the conditions: Wide aperture, moderately high ISO, and a shutter speed sufficient to stop the motion of the dancers. I had my 70-200 IS lens set on f/2.8, and I switched to a 50mm f/1.8 for a couple of wide angle images.

Enjoy some of the images from this great performance. Erie does have a lot of cultural events!