R23 Scenic Route – somewhere between Standerton and Balfour, South Africa at the end of a long photographic road trip in December, 2012. The image received a Free Study 6.1397 over at DP Challenge. A fair result but 0.8xxx off the pace.
Was commissioned by Simon Says Communications to shoot casual, candid and fun shots for Merck, who have sponsored this event for 19 years! Up at 3am to arrive at 4am. The first hour was dark, shooting in artificial light, no flash, so the f/4 and f/2.8′s are perfect for that at around ISO 400-1600. If you don’t have the budget for an f/2.8 zoom, a 50mm f/1.8 would be ideal for the type of close range work in poor light. The rest of the day I shot with my 12-24mm and the 70-200mm on two bodies. Man was it cold and wet and grey and overcast. The lens hoods were catching the moisture in the air and the droplets were starting to freeze. My gear held out despite the bighting cold and slight drizzle. Shot with Nikon bodies, SB-800 speeedlights, Tokina 12-24mm f/4 ATX Pro DX, Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 AF-D, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM. No VR and mostly hand held or on a Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod
Thank you to Kerry and her team for a fun shoot. Hope those runners didn’t cramp up too much thanks to Slow-Mag®!
Whilst there is a newer version out, namely the 24-70mm EX DG HSM f/2.8 one can still pickup a decent 2nd hand version of this lens for a fair price.
New, Nikon and Canon’s versions are over R20,000-00. Sigma’s is about R8,000-00 (as of 2009)
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