"So here it is, my Erasmus bridge panorama. Creating it didn't go as smoothly as I'm used to, but finally the vignetting button in Lightroom did the trick as there was light fall on the edges. These are 3 photo's stitched in photoshop., take handheld with the lens wide open.
I took it during the blue hour on Thursday, the day that Nikki arrived. I took her along to my choir rehearsal as I knew I would come home during the blue hour, and wanted to try the lens. I think I will go back and redo this one with a smaller aperture.
The Erasmus bridge is the bridge on the left side of my island and I took the photo's standing on the Willemsbrug, of which I will certainly post photo's taken with Nikki.
It is a very fine lens, very solid and well made, and it's a pleasure to hold it in your hands!
I spent a big part of the day with Nikki, and most of the evening selecting and pp-ing what Nikki produced today. I must say that it's a great lens, I like it very much, though I have to get used to the length a little bit. There's not much you need to do in PP, it is THAT good.
Ben, if you want to get rid of it after it's gone through so many hands, send me an email :)
I'll just post a few photo's now, more will follow.
The first one is for Monty, or maybe for Mr. Rockstar? Meet Ms. Rockstar.
taken wide open at f/1.8
And here's Nikki herself with the Erasmus bridge in the back, the same that was in the panorama. Taken with the 50mm f/1.2 at f/16
and this one with the same lens at f/4"
And now, a message from Nikki.
"Please, allow me to introduce myself, hope you get my name.
My name is Nikki and I travel the world in a box, visiting photographers all over the world who take me out to see their place, landmarks and actually show their world through my eye. I forgot how old I am, but I'm at least 35 years old, but I STILL look good, and there is nothing wrong with my eyesight.
At the moment I am in Rotterdam visiting Rinie, and before that I was in Hong Kong with Dean and before THAT I was in Singapore with Chin. I have seen really beautiful things, things that my godfather Ben could not have shown me if he had kept me in Australia. I'm glad Ben let me go, and let me have so much fun. Thanks Ben, and thanks Curtis and Leighton for organizing this trip.
Rinie took me to the market on Saturday and to some shop where they had cameras and lenses, newly born's in my family, but I also found siblings all over.
Just take a look and be just as surprised as I was.
I will be back!"