Marana Sunset Shoot (July 2015)
I have been more and more involved with the local photography scene including connecting with models, makeup and hair artists, and other photographers. The big concern was having time and money for these types of shoots. However, I have been running on a reduced budget for months now and, even though I may not have the capital I'd like for these projects, I have been slowly getting back into things.
My long-time, standby camera lenses have been a Sigma 18-80mm zoom and a Canon 18-55 kit lens that came with my very old Canon T2i. Sadly, both lenses have now died within weeks of each other. It't the writing on the wall: time to get some new glass. On the other hand, it is really quite reasonable to rent lenses instead. Since I don't use them all the time, I really just need a good zoom lens (say around 20mm to about 80mm, preferably with a solid f-stop of 2.8 or lower, but 4 might be more in my price range), my copious prime lenses, and then I will likely just rent lenses for professional gigs. There is a beautiful Canon I love to rent from BorrowLenses which looks neat and works like a dream. Sadly, at over $1800, it's a little out of my price range for now, but I can rent it for a week for about $150 which is great for me.
This photo shoot was a lot of fun to do. It was a free event set out in the farmland far north and west of Tucson in Marana. The area was nothing but farm land and then a small park which was where we shot. Started at 6 pm and ran until about 9. We had three models (Jamie, Lilly, Carol and Kitty). Unfortunately, Kitty didn't show up until later, but she did show and I got some great photos. This event was put together by Arizona Photo Events.