New York 2011

September 12, 2011

NYC Taxi Cab

Back in March I took a trip to NYC. One of the problems of having only primes is that you have to swap out lenses a lot. This time I decided to only shoot with a lense I picked up for $135, an older Sigma 28mm F1.8 AF.

This particular Sigma 28mm is one of their older models made around late 80s / early 90s. Using older lenses is one of the benefits of shooting Nikon is that most older lenses with a Nikon mount will still work with the newer DSLRs. This lens is very light making it perfect for traveling. I also felt the 28mm length would be good all around for wide and non wide compositions. The lens isn’t perfect. There is a lot of vignetting which is interesting because it was designed for a film SLR body. Also the focus is a bit off which had to be corrected on the camera body.

This was mainly a exersise for me to see what I could capture with one particular lens in a day in the city of NYC. Hope you enjoy it.

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  • Gjakovaime

    Love all of them! Thanks for sharing Ed.

  • Leroy Walker Jr

    Nice set…Glad to see you update the blog

  • http://www.acindycreation.com/blog Cindy

    WOW! These are fantastic. I love the processing. Great job as always!! :)

  • Gaz

    Excellent series here Ed .Superb.Did you use lightroom or photoshop or both in pp ?

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    mainly lightroom, but did bring a couple in for some quick PS edits

  • Gaz

    Thanks Ed.Great to see the blog back !

  • Pratulraghav

    Love every frame of it!!!! NYC is a lovely place….

  • Toxicsoulblues

    love it 

  • LennartvG

    Very Nice!

  • James Green

    these are fantastic! Would love to see how you post-processed these!

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely stunning set of pictures.  Love the post processing; you are a genius!

    And you’ve made up my mind where I will be heading for holiday again next year!

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    i want to go back too!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/flesoj flesoj

    Great serie and thanks for sharing it.
    The deep of field, was made by the lens in all the pictures? I mean, apart from number 14-right, some of them seem strange and I can’t get out how you got them. For example the last one which I love particularly.
    Anyway the bokeh and the colors are nice.

    (Greetings from Spain)

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    except for the faux tilt shift allt he bokeh and dof was done via camera. Thats whats interesting about a fast wide angle. Bokeh changes depending how close your focal point is. I think this and the 35mm are very versatile as you can get different effects depending how you use it

  • Michelle Poeung

    ah love love love!! my favorite is that tilt shift one! 

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/flesoj flesoj

    I have a nikkor 35mm f1.8 and the way to get bokehs like these is getting close to the focal point as you say but I can’t get it when the point on focus is not close to me, I mean as your picture number 11, there, the man on focus is in the middle and the rest is out of focus. I can’t get pictures like that one.
    Anyway as soon as I have a free day I’ll go out just with my 35mm f1.8 and try it again.

    Thanks for answering so fast.

  • http://matthewcoughlin.com Matthew Coughlin

    Great series Ed. Makes me want to just go walk around now with a prime. I have the Sigma 24mm 1.8 for may Canon, it is a pretty slick lens. Thanks for sharing your shots.

  • http://www.simplyoxford.com Nasir Hamid

    A lovely set. I miss NYC since my friends moved from there back to Cali. I used to visit them every year :-)
    Did you shoot this set wide open? You’ve inspired me to bust out my little used Carl Zeiss 35/2. Now that I’m shooting film I bet it will look really nice.

    Cheers,
    Nasir

    http://www.simplyoxford.com

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    most of these are shot wide open

  • http://www.plainjoephotoblog.com isayx3

    I’d love to try a 24mm 1.8

  • claire

    oh my goodness, how much do i miss nyc? the times square shots are awesome.

  • Milos

    Fantastic set, thanks for fueling my desire to visit NYC one day. :)

  • Kim Smith-Miller

    Nice to see a new post from ya, Ed! I love the 28mm perspective.

  • Kathy

    Thank you for an awesome look at NYC Ed!!  Enjoyed the post processing and your eye :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1105140029 Nina Grace

    This is sick! I love it!

  • Marcos

    :O You are a master of the bookeh. Regards from Spain. 

  • Allan

    Awesome set of photos. I friggin’ love the tones on your photos. I know you posted a LR preset once before. Any chance you can upload some NYC presets?

  • Esra Eralp

    Came to your blog via your flickr stream…
    These are all absolutely fantastic! Love them. You captured the city so wonderfully!

  • Mitur

    Awesome photos! How did you do your PP work? Is there a tutorial I can follow somewhere?

  • Lauren

    Incredible! You are such an inspiration… the way you capture the atmosphere while adding your own perspective is amazing. Perfection!

  • http://www.flickr.com/waseef Waseef Akhtar

    Terrific.

  • roberuto.com

    I like All! 

  • Timoteo Jouse

    very awesome, thanks for showing us yours eye of NYC

  • Salomefresco

    Este set es impresionante.

  • Ilse

    i love your work! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YBLAWCAUVOIG4UEHPXDHBEE5MM OwnJitra

    Awesome shots!! I do have the same lens but much older one, the one with the manual focus… And it has been lying around for quite some times until one day i decided to take with me on an event shooting and wow!!! I just love the the way it renders the background, i normally shoot at f1.8 or f2.0, and now it often follows me for jobs… Great pics!!

  • Edward Conde

    What a great series… Just digging the processing… I had an old Sigma 24mm SuperWide for my K-Mount… Great lens…

  • Andre

    Great set – appropriately finished over a good glass of suds – thanks for sharing – I have Sigma’s 20mm 1.8 which isn’t as popular as the 28mm but find it still very good especially in the center area, and have gotten some excellent keepers. Like the 28, the 20’s bokeh is really busy especially when there are vertical lines in the scene

  • PhotographyBeginnerVideos.com

    Its amazing how much nicer NYC looks in the pictures.

  • Anonymous

    Love the pictures great technique