Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Photography: Urban Leaves & Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art Lens

In the second part of a collaboration with Lovey Dovey Fashion, I shot this summery green dress with the lovely Rubi as model. I wanted to contrast the dress with a bit of gritty urban-style background, and with the midday sun beating down on us with all of summer's fury, we managed to stay mostly in the shade and finish the shoot quickly. It was a lot of fun shooting with Rubi's bright and happy energy!

Thank you to Lovey Dovey Fashion for the great dress, and thank you Rubi for being a wonderful model! :)

Model: Rubi

So actually, this was my first photoshoot trying out the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art lens. I used to have the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, which I shot with here, here, and here, but I switched it out a few months later due to the heavy weight of the lens. Although it worked like a dream, I just found myself not taking it out as much due to the heaviness, and it really made my hands tired after extended shooting. (I carried all during my trip to California for two weeks, as the only lens I took on the trip.)

I then picked up the Canon 35mm f/2 IS, which worked extremely well for me in terms of sharpness and reliability - I used it on quite a few shoots involving groups of people and shots that require capturing more of the background. It's also amazingly light and easy to carry around. However, one thing that began to bother me more and more was the bokeh - for my style, the 35mm f/2 just didn't blur out the background enough sometimes. Although it was a fantastic lens, I didn't find myself taking it out on fashion shoots very much.

So finally, that brought me to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art. From my first few shoots using the lens, I'm really loving the look so far! I never really considered 30mm, but it's a very interesting perspective. So far, I'm finding the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Art very sharp and quick at focusing, with beautiful colors just like the Sigma 35mm. I'll be sharing more shoots using the lens soon!