Hotel Shoot with Laura

Laura
Sony A7II
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO-100
Yongnuo 560-IV set to 1/32 with gridded softbox 45 degrees front, neutral color reflector directly opposite.
Laura
Sony A7II
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO-80
Yongnuo 560-IV set to 1/32 with gridded softbox 45 degrees front, neutral color reflector directly opposite.
Laura
Sony A7II
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM
f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO-80
Yongnuo 560-IV set to 1/32 with gridded softbox 45 degrees front, neutral color reflector directly opposite.

Well, I’ve been putting off writing blogs for a while.

Work and life is busy yaddy yaddy yadda. I’ve just been so lazy that I haven’t really had the desire to write this for a long time. I’ve got so much content built up, and I think it’s about time to catch up for a bit.

This is gonna be a short one.

This shoot was probably the biggest logistical achievement I had planned for my Christmas trip. Laura was flying in from Beijing at 10pm EST. I had the whole day booked with Alice, and to her dismay, I couldn’t drink because I had to go pick up Laura at the airport for this shoot to happen.

I’ve been itching ever since I got my hands on the beautiful Sigma 50mm ART.

I had debated a bit between buying the 50mm versus the 35mm. Justin‘s been shooting with the 35mm a lot and his images are the envy of me. Despite that, I got the 50mm because I felt it might be a bit more practical for portraits, and I also wanted to make use of the shallow depth of field of the 50mm on the streets where I can’t get too close to my subjects.

This lens really delivered.

Now, controlled lighting environment is hardly pushing this lens. Given the largest aperture it can go is f/1.4, I’m sure it’ll perform just fine when the light’s a little bit worse. But given the studio setup, every little bit of creamy bokeh and sharpness are available. This has got to be the sharpest 50mm wide open I’ve ever used.

I hope I get to shoot another studio session soon.

Cheers,

-Tao