Lenses and Their Bokeh

Lenses and Their Bokeh Let’s look at different lenses and their bokeh I have a confession to make. I’ve always been aware of bokeh–as part of the background or as the subject, itself–but I’ve become really interested in bokeh and achieving that pleasant bokeh every photographer seems to be talking about especially after buying my ...

Photographs and Their Worth

Photographs and Their Worth If you don’t think photos are important, just wait until they’re all you have left to remind you of a loved one. I’ve heard something along those lines over the years and these days I know it’s true…not that I’ve ever questioned it. Truth is that, in particular very recently I’ve ...

Bokeh 105

Bokeh and the Bokeh Master Attend any workshop or photography class with Nikon Ambassador Vincent Versace and you’ll learn not only about photography in general, black-and-white photography in particular and even printing your own images, but also about bokeh and the correct way to pronounce the word, bokeh. What is bokeh? As many might already ...

On Working for Free and Other Expectations

On the expectation of working for free as a creative Here, in the U.S., because of the recent government shutdown, many government employees ended up having to work for free or for the promise that they would get paid, eventually. This outraged many people, and for good reason. I believe that many in the creative ...

Super blood wolf moon - total lunar eclipse in JC. Photo by Alina Oswald.

The Super Blood Wolf Moon

Photographing the Super Blood Wolf Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse of January 2019 in NYC Area I’ll start with a question. Why do (total) lunar eclipses always have to take place on the coldest nights of the year? Last one I photographed happened on the night of winter solstice 2010. And I froze then, as ...

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for Nikon on tripod. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 – First Impressions

Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for Nikon – First Impressions My very first prime lens was a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens, but, as a portrait photographer I’ve always wanted a prime f/1.4 lens. And so this past year, I spent months researching, considering and reconsidering my options. While there’re several prime f/1.4 lenses ideal for portrait photography, ...

Pano view of NYC silhouetted by sunrise light. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

2019 Resolutions

My New Year’s Resolutions First of all, I wish you all a wonderful New Year and hope that 2019 will be a good year for all of us. Also, many thank you for reading this blog. I truly appreciate it! New Year’s resolutions are like “droplets of hope” at the start of a new chapter ...

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