Today I headed to Best Buy in Framingham to pick up the Fuji 23mm F2 WR. This lens came out last year and it got great reviews.
I use another 23mm from Fuji, the 1.4 version for weddings and other things, but this new version intrigued me. It's not as large, is weather sealed, and costs a lot less. Also, from my readings I found that its supposed to be much faster to autofocus.
So, I headed there with my fiance, and then we headed into downtown Framingham to take some pics.
Its the middle of January so the streets aren't too busy with people, but I was able to snap off a few pics before heading back home. I'll try post a more thorough review in a few weeks when I have some more experience with the lens in a variety of settings.
Please check out some pics. All were taken at F8 on my Fuji X-T1. Do you use this lens?
I enjoyed using the lens today and it is definitely smaller. Even the hood is tiny. There is a new 35mm f2 lens as well that's on my radar, but that's another story.
I'll be using this lens going forward for all my outings as its small, has a silent auto focus and is definitely sharp. Pumped for some more adventures with the lens.
This past week I headed back home to visit my dad. He lives in the DC area and although he often comes to visit me up north I felt I was long overdue to visit him. My gf Jenny and I headed down there, her first trip there in a very long time. We got lucky with the weather the first couple days, but the next were pretty cold. Nonetheless, we powered on and explored quite a bit.
By the end of the trip we both agreed to visit again soon as there were tons of sights still to see. I also saw this as an opportunity to take some photos. I didn't take a ton, but a few here and there. It definitely re-energized me from the winter blues and makes me want to explore locally with my camera.
As I write this we have about 8 inches of snow on the ground and probably another 6-8 on the way. But, that's New England for you. One day it's 55 and sunny and the next you have to dust off your snow shovel. No matter, always happy to post some photos on here. I know I've been a tad distracted this winter and haven't posted much. I started another blog and a youtube channel on some of my interests and that's also kept me quite busy in the non-wedding season.
I'll be posting on here more regularly as the weather improves and can't wait for all the photo sessions and weddings I have lined up for this year.
But, I'm getting off topic. I'd like to share some photos from my trip and possibly a couple from a previous trip that I never posted.
These next ones are from my recent trip to DC.
Recognize any of these places?
All photos taken with a Fuji Xt1 and 23mm 1.4
I've been looking forward to photographing this wedding for quite some time now. Not only did I know the venue would be fantastic, but Rachel and Erik are such a fantastic couple. I met up with them in Worcester a couple months back and instantly I could tell they had planned a fantastic wedding, and that they were truly meant for one another.
The setting would be at the White Room, which is part of the Crompton Collective, a well known Worcester landmark. In addition, I was told that this would be one of the very first weddings held there. Previously the White Room held functions and all kinds of events. Of course, if you're local and haven't visited, you have to go!
On the day of the wedding the birds were chirping, the sky was blue and the weather was just perfect. I met with both wedding parties at the Holiday Inn Express in Worcester for some getting ready photos. We then continued on to Green Hill Park for some formal photos before heading to the White Room for the ceremony.
The reception was filled with dance moves, laughter neither Rachel nor Erik skipped a beat. Did I mention they had a burrito bar? And the Wooberry truck made an appearance as well, so good!
What a fun wedding! Please enjoy some photos of Rachel and Erik's big day!
Caterer - Creedon and Co.
Bar - Emery's
Ceremony Music - Atlantic Strings Inc.
DJ - Dawson Entertainment
Photographer - Tomas Haran Photography
Photo Booth - Retro-Slick Photo Booth Co.
Florist - Cameron and Fairbanks
Venue - The White Room
Memorable photo location - Birchtree Bread Company
A wedding day is exciting to everyone involved. Of course the bride and the groom are super nervous, happy, excited and full of emotions on the day of, but we sometimes forget about the parents. They have watched their child grow up, witnessed all their milestones and are now ready to take that big step forward.
I remember this wedding from a few years ago. Everyone was all dressed and ready to go. We were getting ready for the formal photos and while some were chatting, others were making sure they looked good. We were standing on a small grassy field and figuring out the exact sequence of photos to be taken. I then noticed the groom and his mom talking. It only took a moment to see how proud she was of her son and while he joked around with her a little she couldn't help but tear up.
Being able to witness moments like these are why I'm a wedding photographer.
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