18 February 2010

lens betrayal...







guilt.

I am feeling it.

My husband is out of town and yesterday, I did something that I normally would have never done. I blame it on the excitement over my upcoming trip to France. I feel like I am cheating - betraying the ones I love. The thing is, it isn't that I don't love the ones I love, or that I am not loyal to them - because I am. basically.

Have you ever felt like you are cheating on your lenses? No? Is that just me? Hhmmm...





You see, I am a prime girl. For the past two years I have loved prime lenses. First it was my 50mm. The photos I took with her were so creamy and delicious. She was the only thing on Stella (and then Francis). I then discovered my 20mm - thanks to Pioneer woman. She is wonderful when I want to shoot wide things - my ENTIRE kitchen, the WHOLE barn, etc... While she is specific, she is wonderful and very useful for what I shoot. Most recently, I discovered my 35mm and she has been my constant companion ever since. She is flexible, she lets me get really close to things and still focus, she is light, and she basically fills nearly every requirement I have for her. She is near perfect for me.

but.....

I am going to France in less than two months. I have been going back and forth over which lenses I would bring. I would obviously bring the 35mm, which basically negates the need for the 50mm. I would then want to bring the 20mm for architecture shots as that is going to be a large focus while we are there. And then, do I bring the really low quality lens with zoom for more flexibility? I really do need something more than the 35mm and the 20mm.





the answer: 24-70mm. Almost as wide as the 20, with enough zoom to not have to be on top of something to shoot it, and yet, the ability to get really close and still focus. A bit heavier than my primes, but one lens. period. And what a lens! She is amazing. I had her out on the property today and was able to get every shot that I would have with my other lenses.







I then brought her indoors and grabbed some shots of my bed. She really is fabulous~



41 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

See.......you really are thinking like a stylist now. We knew it all along. Your photos are lovely, lovely.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Very nice evening,dear Mimi!-)*

I read you post and I think:''this Lady is a lucky girl!''
Because you has many different expiriens with the camera and truly...not bad expiriens(I always enjoyed you photos!-)

I like SOooo much to take all different photos with nature,buildings,fashion...and just beautiful things around me!!!

I can understand you very,very good!-)*

Thank you for you really nice images!

Love and hugs,
***Violetta***

leaca said...

I have debated whether to buy that lens and get rid of some of my others. It is a lovely lens.

liza said...

Wow. Every shot is gorgeous.

Jeanneoli said...

Soooo fun!!! I don't think I love any purchases more than art supplies and camera equipment:-)

undomestic chica said...

I wish I had your talent!

Dreamy Whites said...

Do you teach classes? I have the same lens that came with my camera, I need to take the plunge and upgrade. Now which one? I am discovering I need photoshop and a new lense!! And some instruction!
Your photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing with us!
Take Care
Maria
p.s. Thank you for your sweet email. I do love those grain sacks!

Low Tide High Style said...

I'm sure your other lenses will forgive you if you just bring them back some yummy french wine!

Kat :)

Blessed Mama said...

Your pictures are so dreamy, soft...yummy! I wish a knew a thing or two about photography, but for now, I will just live vicariously through you!

A Country Farmhouse said...

I was just thinking about lenses today. I have a 17-85mm and so I'm not able to do close-ups. Thanks for the review and for the pictures...such lovely pictures. Trina

Monticello Staff said...

Joyce said;
Hello! Just wondering, did you know that your Blogspot is featured in the new Romantic Homes. Good Job!

count it all joy said...

Your shots are just beautiful, whatever the lens....but that shot of your bed is particularly dreamy. I thought it was from a beautiful magazine. The fact that the bed was unmade sits well with me...I feel less guilty about my own unmade bed. Perhaps I can now pass it off as "casually styled" not merely unmade? Meredy xo.

Jemsmom said...

Hello there! I have always been a fan of your pictures when I have seen them on RMS and now I found your blog! I totally get the whole lens envy thing and feel for the lenses as they suffer through it. I am by no means as great of a photographer as you are, but I do love it!

I have a sad story to tell. I actually let me husband talk me out of taking my camera to Germany and France with us on our last visit, and we took his point and shoot. I don't know what came over me and I regret it to this day!

We got there and he figured out that he didn't even bring the charger so I didn't take as many pictures as I normally would. I also found there isn't as much focus on my frou-frou pictures with a four year old in tow! I can't wait to see your pictures and if you ever want to help out a fellow photographer, I would love any help or advice!

A Vintage Diva said...

Well, back to the Amazon shopping board. I just snapped on my new 70-300 yesterday.. Nikon D90 and I am going to take a look at the others now! GOOD "Customer Review" though from someone we know is telling us the truth from what we can see. Thank you for the great information in a nutshell!

Mary said...

Oh Kim, I soooo need to take a class from you. Can't you start some sort of online class for those of us that have these fabulous SLR cameras but have no idea how to use them?? ;o) I still have my standard lens, but I feel an upgrade coming on. I may have to email you for advice! ~mary~

Bonnie said...

I know your other lenses are sad... remember the Toy Story movie? BUT, they understand. :)

This was such a fun post to read. I'm just getting back into photography and you are such an inspiration. Thanks for the lovely photos!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

If you want you can borrow my crappy point and shoot and then no one is jealous ;) I know no matter what you take the pics will be gorgeous!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Every shot is so beautiful!

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

My love, let me just say that I take my 24-70 off my camera twice a year. I use it for the whole "shooting match", so to speak. The Nikkor is so much better than my old Tokina (trusty as it was).
I'm a Zoomin' girl.
Zoom-zoom-zoom.

(I love that all your girls have names...help me name mine...it's not coming to me...it must go with The Big Kahuna, though).
xooxoxoxox
L

Beach Vintage said...

Yes she is, now you are making me want my 70-150mm....

Gracie73 said...

Ummmmm...aside from the yummy photos you grace us with.....where is that yummy bedspread/comforter from? Your picture made me want to crawl into bed. Thanks!

vicki archer said...

A girl has gotta do what a girl has gotta do....lovely pics, xv.

Little Emma said...

You have my all comprehension as photography addicted. You have such a gift that you don't need to feel guilty....I hope you will show us your magic photo taken in France!!

Ange said...

Yes yes bring your beautiful lens so I can make my unmade bed look like that too ;-)

Dario Ferrari Photos said...

Really wonderfull photos!!!
And great lens...I think that the 50mm and the 24-70mm are perfects..I really would like to buy the 60mm micro..it will be great!!

anyway my compliments for your lovely photos!

Bye
Dario

Suzann said...

I love your photos and my heart longs to be a photographer. ahhhhhhhh

Kasey said...

I totally understand the whole cheating thing...trust me.
I just hope you're a giver...and that you will let me give her a try.

Tara said...

Your photos always amaze me!! I use my zoom lens for everything..I love love love it! I love my Macro lens but that is just for fun things like taking photos of my punks eyelashes! :) Have fun with your lens in France!

Christine--RHP said...

I kept a 24-70 on my Canon for about 10 years--back when I could only afford one lens and that was it.
Now I tend to keep the 35mm on all the time. hahaha--I guess that doesn't really help you much!

Kato said...

I love your photos Mimi! Especially the second last one. Spring flowers!

You are a very talented woman.

vosges paris said...

you have a luxe problem as we call it here ;) still good to think about what you want to do over there beside drooling over everything ;)
Where in France are you going to?

traci said...

you will love her. i have her in the canon version. wonderful!!

These Simple Minutes said...

Sweet. I LOVE getting new camera toys. If you just keep them together and let them get to know each other, it's a camera family and not cameradultry. ;-D

Lovely Little Nest said...

Ooh very nice! I'm getting an SLR camera soon and now plan on stopping by for some advice! Hope you don't mind :)

AuroraSuzette said...

I didn't even read this post!! I just saw your blog mentioned in Romantic Home!!!! "connected to a wonderful array of beautiful things...while reflecting on what truly matters". Yeah for you, Kim!!! xx

A Life In Focus Photography said...

i love my 24-70L and you can shoot a whole trip with it or wedding for that matter...don't feel guilty...you made a great investment!

Pine Tree Home said...

You have an amazing blog. So excited to have come across it today. I look forward to seeing how you make out sewing skirts. I am trying to learn to sew and am always eager for tips and inspiration.

Kathy said...

Kim is that your bedstand? I have the matching dresser/mirror (Bernhardt) that I have been wondering what to do with, are you looking for a mate?

Kathy said...

While in Paris know that you will want to take pictures every single second..when my sister and I went she took the pictures with her good camera the entire trip. I felt so lucky because she did that so that I could relax and take it all in and know that it was getting documented.....maybe one day have someone else be in charge of the camera and you can take the day off and enjoy everthing around you, I know I truly felt relieved that trip that I could have some time off from being the one that always take the photos.

FEDERICA said...

Love all your shots!
Really a beautiful lens! Now you are making me want a new lens!
Hugs
Federica

Shabby Chic Interiors said...

Wow, you're very good congratulations!

Sarah