Happy Holidays everyone! And for those who culturally or religiously do not celebrate holidays this time of year, I hope your Winter in the Northern Hemisphere or Summer in the Southern Hemisphere is treating you kindly. I am relatively ignorant when it comes to the knowledge of all possible cultures or religions, but I am trying, which counts for something, right? The internet is a wondrous thing, in the few months I’ve been doing this, this site has seen visitors from all over the world, from all seven continents, and from many different places. I hope to some day visit and experience many of those places and educate myself about the people and culture and hopefully photograph the vast experience. I have not seen as much of this Earth as I wish I could, but I have been surprised and enlightened every time I have visited a place foreign to me.
SLT-A99V, 85mm f/1.4 ZA @ f/1.4 ISO 1600, 1/30s
I sold my 70-300 G lens yesterday after only 2 months or so of ownership. The reason? I’m trying to reign in my net camera spending a bit as I am feeling the pain with three kids during the holidays. I’ll likely be selling the A900 or the A77 soon as well.
That’s not to say I don’t have plans for a viable replacement! I looking at the Sony or Minolta 135mm f/2.8 [T4.5] STF lens or the Minolta 200mm f/2.8 HS APO lens as candidates. Both sit in the $1000-1300 range for an Excellent+ or New copy. Yes, more money than the 70-300G, but after I sell one of the two of my backup bodies, I’ll likely still be ahead compared to the day before yesterday.
Now I am back down to two main lenses, my bread and butter 85mm f/1.4 ZA and the 24mm f/2 SSM ZA. I have penciled in the upcoming 50mm f/1.4 SSM ZA as a lens I will purchase when I have the money, but I am in a tight spot when it comes to length. Hopefully I won’t need it anytime soon!
SLT-A99V, 70-300mm SSM G @ 300mm + f/5.6, ISO 320, 1/320s
I posted a while back about what it takes to go pro. I guess I took one of the steps in obtaining a North Carolina Privilege License, which I received earlier this week. In order to sell photos in North Carolina, you need a license. I imagine this is a way for the Department of Revenue to track people for tax purposes. I am fine with that. I mainly got the license because I have people who are willing to give me money for some of the photos I have taken. I have to also obtain a sales tax license, and eventually I may have to organize an LLC if I want to go any further. More than anything else, I don’t want to be a lawbreaker. I have a post I have been writing, which is effectively the second part of the post listed above regarding potential business models I would use and my potential target customer. I just need to put a little polish on it.
Light Box Profiles
In order to get true-to-me Adobe Lightroom profiles, I created a light box out of an old cardboard box and some white Bristol board. I plan on rigging my tripod and a t-square with a level to get consistent results in capturing the MacBeth colorchecker in building the calibration profiles. Once I do this, I also plan on doing another A99-A900-A77 comparison, with the Lightroom calibration, which will be a more true-to-life test for the bodies. The T-square is adjustable so I can use the same prime lens and adjust the distance for the subject to account for the APS-C crop value in the A77. All I need is a kid-free, chore-free night to do all of this. I plan on sharing the Lightroom profiles somehow.
I leave you with a shot of Grace in a bush in my back yard.