Location: Kahala Resort, Honolulu, Hawaii
Gear Box: Sony A7 and Sony A7s, Tokina 19-35 F3.5-4.5, Carl Zeiss 85mm F1.4, Tokina 24-200 F3.5-5.6 (Buy Tokina 24-200 and Tokina 19-35 on Amazon)
Album Design: Fundy Album Builder
Photography Comments: I pretty much shot everything in manual focus which is now my preferred method especially using Sony’s focus peaking feature. I was able to capture more key moments especially in low light because I didn’t have to wait for lens “hunting”. I know it may seem not as fast when manually focusing but I suggest you give it a try especially in low light- you will never have to wait until your lens is in focus before you can rip a shot and does make a significant difference in focus speed and the ability to get a shot every time you press your shutter whether it is in focus or not! If you understand DOF- when you shoot very wide say at 19mm and with a high fstop like 5.6 almost everything 6ft out is in focus, so why wait for your camera to focus, just keep shooting! Yes, sometimes your shots can be a bit soft BUT at least you got a shot off versus not getting a shot because your lens was hunting! I rather get a shot slightly softer than not get one at all- it has an organic, softer look, almost like film anyways. I was like a kid playing with a new toy using manual focus, I really enjoyed the process, I felt like a real photographer and thanks to Sony’s focus peaking I was capturing emotion and moments that I would have missed.