Tomorrow morning I’m dropping the hubby off at the Champaign airport so he can fly to Connecticut to watch Illinois take on the UConn Huskies in Hartford this weekend. I’m hoping the Fighting Illini bring home a big win like they did last Saturday against Akron. I had a great day of shooting, and got some new sports images that I am super proud of! The touchdown photo of #21 crossing the plane into the end zone may be one of my favorite TD photos ever. The day was also overcast which makes the orange color much easier to photograph. Go Illini!
The Mason City team did it again! They raised $136,000 for the kids of St. Jude during the 2019 fundraising campaign for this year’s run. We started out at Illini Central High School and left the parking lot promptly at 5:45am. The team runs down the main stretch of Mason City with the first stop being at the cemetery at the other edge of town. We always place flowers at our team captain Jessie’s grave and say a few words and quick prayer. Jessie was a St. Jude patient who lost her battle with cancer in 2010. Jessie’s mom Nancy and brother Zach coordinate the run, and let me tell you, it is a huge undertaking! The Mason City run has become a well-oiled machine and this year’s run went so smoothly. Can’t wait for next year!
#jessiesteam #10yearsandrunning #mcstjuderun
1) Nikon 50mm f1.4 prime — I probably use this lens most, and it’s the lens I took with me on vacation to Disney. It’s on my camera I’d say about 60% of a wedding day. It’s a great versatile lens that has that soft bokeh I love, it gets me close enough to the action for portraits, but I can also back up and get wider if needed (in most cases).
2) Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 zoom — This wider angle lens comes in more handy for my business and commercial shoots — real estate, fitting into tight spaces, food, overhead flatlays, landscapes, etc.
3) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 II zoom — This lens is my go-to for sports, wedding ceremonies, and sometimes portraits! I also have a teleconverter that I use on it for football that doubles my zoom (but I lose a few stops of light too so I can only use it outside when it’s bright and sunny).
4) Sigma 85mm f1.4 prime — This lens is a sweet portrait lens, but works best outside or in larger indoor spaces when I have room to get further away from my subject. The wide aperture gives me that beautiful bokeh and shallow depth of field that many photographers aim for, plus the compression of using a tighter crop. I love me some compression!! ;)
5) Nikon 60mm f2.8 macro — I use my macro lens for ring shots, and sometimes closeups of food. There is a rare instance when I’ll use it for other things and if say I have it on my camera for some ring photos and I need to snap a quick portrait or candid, it will still do the job. And even though it stops down to 2.8, typically I shoot rings at a higher aperture around 4-5.6 so that you can see the full depth of the diamond or gemstone. Since it’s macro, you still get that bokeh-y closeup feel, but closing down the aperture still gives me the depth I want.
So that’s it! I’ve had these lenses now for several years and am pretty happy with my arsenal. I don’t plan to change it unless I end up adding another lens or two for a tax write-off or just frivolity. :D If I were to add other lenses, my next choice would be a 35mm (maybe the Sigma art version?) and then possibly upgrade my 60mm macro to the Nikon 105mm (or an off-brand equivalent). With as little as I use the macro though, I don’t really see the need at this point!
Do you have any questions about any of the lenses or terminology I talked about in this post? Feel free to comment below to ask! I’m happy to answer questions about my equipment. Thanks for reading!