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Week In Review: Apr 4 - 13, 2014

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Artomat (Yellow) | ISO 2500, 1/160, f/2.2, 85mm | Nikon D800, New Petzval Lomography x Zenit Art Lens | The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV USA | Apr 5, 2014 13:56 | © DRS 2014, (cc) by-nc-nd

Pliable in Pink I | ISO 100, 1/2500, f/2.2, 85mm | Nikon D800, New Petzval Lomography x Zenit Art Lens | Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA | Apr 5, 2014 15:53 | © DRS 2014, (cc) by-nc-nd

Pliable in Pink II | ISO 100, 1/3200, f/2.2, 85mm | Nikon D800, New Petzval Lomography x Zenit Art Lens | Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA | Apr 5, 2014 15:52 | © DRS 2014, (cc) by-nc-nd

Pliable in Pink III | ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.2, 85mm | Nikon D800, New Petzval Lomography x Zenit Art Lens | Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA | Apr 5, 2014 15:53 | © DRS 2014, (cc) by-nc-nd

Pliable in Pink IV | ISO 100, 1/1600, f/2.2, 85mm | Nikon D800, New Petzval Lomography x Zenit Art Lens | Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV USA | Apr 5, 2014 15:52 | © DRS 2014, (cc) by-nc-nd

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The week(ish… plus three days… I haven’t been good at keeping this updated lately) was dominated by the three day solo trip to Las Vegas.  I mostly people-watched, went to see the world premier of Teller’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, finally gave the Petzval lens a semi-proper workout, and won nearly $600 at blackjack.  All in all, a nice vacation.  Those little art-dispensing cigarette machines were scattered around The Cosmopolitan, all in different colors.  The only other photos that turned out all right were these of the street performers Saturday afternoon – a father and daughter acrobat-type team.  Impressive, of course, but what caught me was the expression on the girl’s face.  Really engaging and made for some great shots.  I tipped well.

The Tempest is running at The Smith Center until the end of the month before moving on to Cambridge, Mass., I think.  But if you’re in the area and are a fan of Shakespeare, I heartily recommend it.  All of the actors were top notch, the illusions were spectacular, and the music of Tom Waits permeating the whole performance really lent to the haunting, ethereal mood of the production.  Nicely done – and in Vegas of all places!

And $600 at blackjack.

PVP#4: A Tale Of Two Lenses

Some samples from a couple of my desert-island lenses. 

These first four shots were taken with what is probably the most expensive glass I own – the remarkable AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF.  Incredible low-light performance and perfect bokeh with its wide aperture, this is considered by many photographers to be the ultimate portrait lens.  It’s hard to disagree.  This one is responsible for many of my personal favorite photos.  The lens itself is a beast – large and heavy.  It was superseded in 2010 by the newer f/1.4G model, but I somehow found a brand new one so they’re still out there to be had if you dislike the pre-loved route. 

Green Glass

ISO 200, 1/60 sec @ f/1.4, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF  
Peachtree Street NE – Atlanta, Georgia USA
January 12, 2013  7:00 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Mosaic

ISO 110, 1/30 sec @ f/1.4, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF  
The Wynn – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 8, 2013  5:10 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

The Rio and The Palms

ISO 280, 1/30 sec @ f/1.4, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF  
W. Flamingo Road – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 8, 2013  5:53 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Half Gilliand

ISO 1600, 1/50 sec @ f/1.4, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF 
Blu and Ella (or Emma?) Gilliand 
Cypress Point – Lake Martin, Alabama USA
July 6, 2013  8:09 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

These next four were taken with the sublime Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8.  Introduced in 1983, Nikon still makes this manual-focus macro lens today.  Unlike with the 85mm, I opted to take my chances on eBay and buy this one used.  The glass is flawless.  The numbers on the sturdy barrel are a little worn off, but other than that you’d never know it was a previously-used item.  The focus ring on it is gigantic, and contrary to my apprehensions the transition from autofocus to manual was not at all challenging.  I actually enjoy having more control over the image.  Not just for close-ups (though it is a capable macro machine), I find this lens to be a fun portrait and even street-photography lens.  Binding myself to a single telephoto length makes me think more about the shot itself. 

Closing Time

ISO 160, 1/30 sec @ f/8.0, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 
Tiffany & Co., The Bellagio – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 9, 2013  11:43 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Fake Firecrackers

ISO 1600, 1/30 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 
Caesar’s Palace – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 9, 2013  2:38 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Indecline

ISO 100, 1/1600 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 
W. Flamingo Road – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 9, 2013  2:53 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Blsm

ISO 100, 1/2500 sec @ f/2.8, 105mm
Nikon D800  |  Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8 
University of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina USA
March 14, 2013  12:41 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

So there you have that.  There are other lenses I’ll take with me besides these two (my little manual-focus 28mm comes to mind), but I can’t think of a lens I would chose OVER these two.  For previous purges see here, here and here.

Spring Mountains

ISO 100, 1/200 sec @ f/7.1, 75mm
Nikon D800  |  Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED  
View from the Strip – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 25, 2013  4:25 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

The Strip at Dusk

ISO 160, 1/30 sec @ f/1.4, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF   
Las Vegas Boulevard – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 8, 2013  5:36 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Seaweed Salad

ISO 1600, 1/30 sec @ f/1.4, 50mm
Nikon D800  |  AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G
Shibuya, MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 27, 2013  6:04 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd

Photographer & Friend

ISO 100, 1/160 sec @ f/6.3, 85mm
Nikon D800  |  AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4D IF
The Venetian – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
February 8, 2013  4:20 PM
© DRS 2013,
(cc) by-nc-nd