Canon 135mm F/2L

Laurel and I were curious about the Canon EF 135mm f/2L. It's always called one of Canon's most "legendary" lenses. We wanted to find out why. So we rented one from our local camera shop and took these photos over the weekend.

Is the 135 wonderfully sharp? Oh yes, especially when stopped down to around f/5.6-8. But it's still great at f/2, and you get that wonderful bokeh, too!

The Canon 135mm f/2L is a great prime portrait lens, but I don't think I'll get be getting rid of my EF 70-200 f/2.8L II for it.


New Media Campaigns just added a new amazing developer. Just like I did for Hallie, I joined Adam outside yesterday morning to take some photographs for the New Media Campaigns website. It was a gorgeous day in Carrboro. It's the tail end of summer, the colors are still vibrant, and the morning sun was still low enough to give us some nice flattering light.

Golden Hour

Laurel and I recently did an informal photoshoot of a coworker's children. We met them at UNC Chapel Hill on the north quad. Golden hour was nearing its finest golden hues. The grass was a beautiful green. The children were nicely dressed. It was a perfect time for a photoshoot! At the end of the day, we walked away with these beautiful photos.

Blue Ridge

Laurel and I travelled to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a weekend getaway. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriot in Boone, North Carolina (an old high school friend is the hotel manager). One morning we got up super early to beat the midday traffic and we cruised the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Along the way, we stopped at the Linville Gorge national park and walked the trails for a few miles. It was a grueling hike carrying two cameras, two lenses, and a tripod. But the photographs we captured were worth the exercise.

NMC Crew

I wanted an opportunity to capture some office candids, so I brought my camera and lighting gear to NMC.

Valentine’s Day

Canon 5D III
EF 70-200 f/2.8L II
125mm, 1/80 at f/4.5, ISO 200

It was Valentine’s Day, and Laurel is allergic to flowers and she detests the taste of chocolate (I know, I've got a tough life). So I treated her to some nice portraits instead! I captured these photographs in my home studio.

Lying in Wait

Canon 7D II
EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II
400mm, 1/800 at f/5.6, ISO 1000

Laurel and I were on a vacation with her parents. We travelled to Isle of Palms, South Carolina and stayed in a beachfront rental house for the week. On a particularly hot and muggy day, we and the family visited Cypress Gardens, a park/swamp and alligator sanctuary just on the outskirts of Charleston.

After a brief tour of the butterfly house, we boarded a flat bottomed boat for a slow paddle around the swamp. It was only toward the end of the journey, tired and sweaty and disappointed in the lack of wildlife, that we spotted a rather pointy log about 10 meters away. The log moved, and I rushed to focus my camera. I captured these photographs.

Fawns in Rain

Laurel and I were leaving for lunch one afternoon in the middle of a spring rainstorm. At the end of our driveway we spotted these two fawns grazing in the woods. They didn't seem to mind the rain or me and my camera.

Office Portrait

My colleague Clay Shossow was soon to be featured in the local Chamber's monthly newsletter. He needed a few photographs for the publication. I try to travel light for photo sessions not in my home studio. These photographs were captured with an off-camera speedlite flash behind a shoot-through umbrella along with a collapsible silver reflector.

We received a few glances when shooting on the street. It's not often you see such a high profile photoshoot in Carrboro!

Puerto Rico

Laurel and I travelled to Puerto Rico for a week-long vacation. We stayed at El Convento, a renovated convent. It was a quaint hotel with a central surrounded courtyard. Each floor was open air and surrounded the interior courtyard with concentric corridors.

We had a wonderful time exploring Old Towne, the old forts, and photographing the infinite wild cats that consider the island their home.

We hired our own guide for a day. He drove us into the rain forest and showed us secret waterfalls that live well beyond the beaten path. We used our steady Feisol tripod and various ND filters to capture long exposures of the gorgeous waterfalls.

Puerto Rico is a beautiful place that made for wonderful photographs.

Las Vegas

Laurel travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada for a business trip. It was Catalyst week for Channel Advisor Corporation, where company employees meet customers and answer questions about the company's software. Laurel took the Canon 7D II and the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II lens and captured these photographs.

Saint Baldrick’s

Heather, a friend of mine, donated her hair to the Saint Baldrick’s Foundation to support its childhood cancer research. Heather posed for me in my home studio for a "before and after" photoshoot. Here are the photographs before her haircut...

... and here are the photos after her haircut. Quite a difference!

Schossow Wedding

I was excited to attend Clay's wedding. He is a friend and coworker of mine. I met him when I started working at New Media Campaigns in 2007. I was perhaps more excited to borrow another friend's Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS USM II lens! It hung like a lead weight around my neck when paired with my Canon 5D III. But it was worth it. I was able to capture wonderful images of Clay and Sarada's wedding day.

Florida Nuptials

Canon 6D
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
85mm, 1/80 at f/2.8, ISO 320

Laurel and I were on vacation in Saint Augustine, Florida. We were staying at a tucked away bed and breakfast, the kind you wouldn't find walking around the typical tourist paths. No, this B&B was tucked away down a cobblestone street just beyond the tourist perimeter.

One afternoon we were sitting on the balcony, enjoying a sweet tea, swinging subtly on a hanging bench. We noticed a very intimate, small wedding happening beneath us in the courtyard. I didn't see a photographer.

After the wedding ceremony, the newly weds happened upon us on the balcony. They had their iPhone and they were posing for selfies. I didn't want them to not have the best photos possible on their wedding day, so I offered to shoot a few nicer photos for them. I grabbed my Canon 6D and 85mm prime and captured these photographs.