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A Moment at the Beach


We had gone out for a drive yesterday and ended up at Illinois State Beach.

I recently purchased the Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 prime lens and took some shots. I have to say, overall I am really pleased with my new lens! This is the first (and so far, only) time I’ve had a chance to use it.

Daniel was THRILLED, he made a sandcastle, played a bit in the freezing water, and overall really enjoyed himself. He also had a few moments of introspection… most likely debating if he should splash me or not I’m sure.




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posted on August 22nd 2010 at 11:23AM CDT

I think that your shots turned out great! I need to get into using my 50mm more it’s the only one I own aside from the kit lens.

posted on August 22nd 2010 at 11:27AM CDT

Thank you! I mainly bought it for PEOPLE shots lol, I really want to practice portraits and such.

Seriously, lock up/get rid of the kit lens and just leave the 50mm on your body! It opens up a WHOLE new awesome world.

The kit lens that came with my D90? I still haven’t used lol. I mainly stick to my primes.

posted on August 22nd 2010 at 11:22PM CDT

Can you explain all that in layman’s terms?

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 7:55AM CDT

The kit lens is what comes with the camera “kit”. Otherwise you would purchase the camera body ONLY (as in, without the lens).

Prime lenses usually have ONE focal length like 50mm, 85mm, 200mm. Zoom lenses go from say 18-55mm, 70-300mm, etc.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 6:51PM CDT

So what mm would the kit lens be? And so is a 50mm lens more or less designed for things that are up close? What about those wide-angle lenses sports photogs use–what mm are they?

Sorry for all the ignorant questions! It is something that interests me but I know so little about it.

Beautiful shots, btw.

posted on August 24th 2010 at 8:26AM CDT

Whatever comes with the camera “kit” aka the lens that comes by default with the camera body. It’s ALWAYS a zoom lens though.

The focal length doesn’t have anything to do with it being a macro (close up) lens. However the bigger the number of the focal length means the more of a telephoto it can be.

10mm would be a super wide angle
35mm would say, be good for a room shot
50-105mm range would be good for portraits and such
200mm+ good for telephoto shots.

Not ignorant at all!!

posted on August 22nd 2010 at 11:52AM CDT

The shots are great, i love the beach. Funny, i bloged my own beach shots a few hours ago. Beach all over the blogs :)

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:14AM CDT

Thank you so much! I was surprised at how it seemed to be more pebbles than sand lol.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 12:58PM CDT

Yes, but it looks still nice. I used to collect some pebbles for creative and art stuff… some of them are really beautiful.

posted on August 24th 2010 at 8:41AM CDT

Oh the pebbles were nice to look at but surprisingly very painful to walk on lol.

posted on August 22nd 2010 at 11:58AM CDT

I have the Canon one on my Amazon Wish List.

Your photos are always lovely, Sarah.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:15AM CDT

Aww thank you!! I played with it some more yesterday and I am starting to really love it!

posted on August 22nd 2010 at 6:52PM CDT

I have a new obsession with lenses now that I had the opportunity to rent some thousand $ lenses to use at quakecon 2o1o. I’m in love… Just wanted to share my wish list with you. I added the lenses I rented and the new one you purchased. They all give me warm and fuzzy feelings. RAWR!


posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:18AM CDT

I’ve never rented lenses before, partly because I forget most of the time to return library books and end up having to pay fines so I can just imagine how much it would cost me if I forgot to return a lens on time LOL.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 5:08AM CDT

Looks like you’re having fun with the new lens! Fun with toys : – )

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:19AM CDT

Oh yes, I got to use it a LOT more yesterday and really love the bokeh!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:01AM CDT

Looks like alot of fun. The pictures are absolutely beautiful!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 8:20AM CDT

Thank you so much! We really, with the exception of Daniel, didn’t come dressed prepared but he had a blast splashing around and playing with the pebbly sand!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 9:27AM CDT

I love the colors! I’m so glad your EXIF data is available on flickr because I was wondering if these were shot at 1.8 or if you had stopped down. Looks liek this and several others you have on flickr were taken at 1.8. This lens looks so yummy, even wide open! *adding to my wishlist*

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 10:06AM CDT

Thank you! Oh yes, I tend to shoot wide open most of the time and with the 85mm I’ve been very curious as how good the bokeh would be and I have to say, so far I am thrilled!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 10:17AM CDT

oh, such great shots! Thanks for the inspiration to use other lenses. I admit I have a 35mm and am just lazy and forgetful about putting it on the camera. I’m doing it now and going to leave it there a bit to see what I get. I love the 85mm shots you got though, so I’ll be adding that to my wish list!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 10:19AM CDT

I totally want a 35mm as well LOL. Just because the 50mm can sometimes be a bit TOO tight to photograph a room for example.

I also am loving that I am getting out of the 105mm macro rut although granted that is still my main go-to lens since most of my photos are nature macros.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 11:05AM CDT

I love the texture you used in that first shot! The colors are awesome.

Danny’s looking very handsome! He looks so much like you.

The last two are my favorite. The sharpness! The DOF! Very awesome. I know you got this for portraits, but I know you’re going to do amazing nature photography with this lens. :)

posted on August 24th 2010 at 8:48AM CDT

Thank you!! Yeah, at the heart of it I always lean towards nature. Partly because I don’t have many people subjects I’m sure LOL.

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 11:12AM CDT

They’re looking very sharp, good detail & colour on the pebbles, I can see you’ll be using this lens a lot..

I must make an effort and use my 50mm f/1.8 lens it sits in the bag not seeing the light of day!!

posted on August 24th 2010 at 8:54AM CDT

Thank you! I can totally see this being one of my favorite outside lenses!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 1:39PM CDT

the pebbles in the sand are awesome!

posted on August 24th 2010 at 8:58AM CDT

Yay thank you Liz!

posted on August 23rd 2010 at 1:47PM CDT

I love that photo of Daniel and the pebbles in the sand. Awesome shots, as usual Sarah. :)

Kristi, Live and Love…Out Loud

posted on August 24th 2010 at 9:00AM CDT

Thank you so much!!!

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