More Time With The 17-85mm.

So, I’ve been spending a lot more time with the 17-85mm that I had all but written off. I’m sure the last time I used this lens was 4 years ago. I’m not sure why I got it into my head that it was not a good lens. I do that kind of thing from time to time. Like when I learned that I could shoot at very high ISOs in the day light to get really fast shutter speeds. Then I got stuck thinking that all my shot’s should be at a high ISO just to get that fast shutter speed. What ended up happening was poor photos with bad contrast and color.

So, what I’m learning about this lens is also something that I’m learning about myself. It is pretty good. And I’m pretty good. I don’t want to toot my own horn but my photography is pretty descent. Even if few people actually look at it. I don’t really go out of my way to promote myself these days. Maybe soon but I don’t do it right now.

Anyway, I’ve drifted from my topic a bit. I tend to do that.

Here is a photo from my playings around today that really shows off what this lens can do under the right circumstances. We were out in the yard again, boy I love summer, and I had my speedlite on the camera to test what this lens could do with some nicer fill flash. I was quite happy with the result.

Let’s ignore her mop of a hair doo this evening. It’s been hot and the play was hard! Look at her eyes, so sharp and the color is just popping out at you. Then there is her freckles across her cheeks and over her nose. They just pop as well. With the right amount of light, this lens is very sharp. Sharp enough that I’m proud to show off this example from the lens.
I have a shoot tomorrow with a young married couple with a new born. They are looking for some good quality photos of their new son and I’m confident that I will be able to produce some very good images for them with this lens and my 50mm. I’m taking all my gear. The tripod and my umbrella too. Might as well run through everything I have.

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