Summer Solstice

We have finally made it to the first day of summer and here in Vermont that means the trees are green, the flowers are blooming, and the sunset over Lake Champlain is magnificent. This is my favorite time of year, where the days are long and stretch on throughout the evening, gifting me the time to sit leisurely on my porch with a glass of wine and a summer read until the light is gone. Burlington Sunset Lake Champlain Vermont

I was gifted a new lens from a co-worker, a fellow photographer, and was anxious to try out the new equipment. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 lens by Canon is quite simple to use and produces photos with a really beautiful depth of field. I wanted a lens for portrait close-ups that shows really great detail and this one seems to do the trick. Unfortunately, I didn't have any models readily available, but Sweet Dee worked her magic as my source of inspiration. I'm excited to use this lens more often and, as I build my collection of gear, my next purchase will be the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. Though I love the 24mm, it doesn't quite allow the space that I need to create that beautiful depth-of-field. In order to get that look I have to be quite close to the subject (about a foot or two away) since there is no zoom function on the lens. The 50mm lens will allow me to take a step or two back from my subject make use of the even wider aperture of f/1.8.