two weeks ago, I showed you the equipment I use for my pictures and also mentioned, that up to now, I did most of my pictures with the kit lens that came with my first DSLR. Last week, I went birthday shopping for my Dad and Marie. For me, it is pretty exhausting to roam through all these shops, fight your way through hordes of other shoppers, just to get this one present . I totally agree on Sheldon Coopers opinion of gift giving. I sometimes feel like I’m fighting through a horde of Zombies who instead of eating brains, are going for the new Super Ultra Mega HD TV, or the new shirt with even flowery flowers printed on the chest than the shirt they bought last week. Be very aware that you don’t stand in their way when they spotted the item of their choice, and are going for it. But in the end, I managed to find the items I was looking for. Of course after the hard work was done, I had to reward myself, by stopping by my local photo gear shop. As it turned out, there was kind of a little tradeshow going on, with some booth from different camera and gear manufacturers. Of course, this also include a special sale, with everything at least 10% off. Immediately I turned into one of these commerce Zombi myself, charging for the Canon booth and shoving everyone aside who dared to stand in my way. On the booth, they had all these nice lenses for show and not just with 5mm of bullet proof glass between me and these treasures like usually, but just lying there, displayed on black velvet, for everybody to touch and play around with. It was also the first time, I actually had the chance to hold the Eos-1D X and take some test shots with it. Man, this is a beast of a camera. And with the weight of over 1kg you don’t need any more weight training when you’re shooting with it. Of course, they also had the lens I thought about buying the Canon EF L 17 – 40 f1:4 L USM for some time now. And for an awesome 25% lower price than on amazon. So my decision process which took me nearly 4 month now came to an end very suddenly. Long story short, I’ve got a new awesome lens now! And my first L lens, too. Of course the f1:4 aperture is not that great, but as I already got my prime with an aperture of 1/1.4, this is acceptable. Unfortunately I just couldn’t bend the space-time continuum far enough, to take a shoot of the lens, with the lens itself. So the picture of my new precious was taken (again) with my kit lens.I used 3 strobes for the lens and me. Two softboxed ones on either side of me at 10:00 and 02:00. The last one, I bounced of the ceilling and the wall in front of me just to lighten up my frontside a little bit. I shot the background 2 years ago in monument valley and the fire yesterday at a grillparty.
So long – Florian