I had the opportunity to cover the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta with Steve Heiner and Lindsay Silverman of Nikon, and a group of photo luminaries including Rob Galbraith, George Schaub, Scott Bourne, and Matt Kloskowski, among others.
Nikon was showcasing the nine lenses and two cameras they introduced this year to these eminent members of the photo press, and since I had shot several of the brochures with the new optics, I got an invite to hang with these photo experts.
Needless to say, we had a great time, got some wonderful images, and geeked out in a major way. It was a treat for me to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and refreshing, for once, to be the least technically-hip guy in the room!
Wow, do these guys know their stuff! What an education to hang out with them.
I shot all video (as I say to my wife, Peggy, aka SWMBO, I’m in my cocoon phase. I may be ugly now, but I hope to emerge as a beautiful video butterfly in the near future). I just hope the transformation happens before the turn of the next century.
I hope to have a nice little movie edit to share with you soon, but I’m on an old fashioned corporate shoot this week, and it’ll be a while until I can wrestle my D300s and P7000 clips into a presentable movie.
Thanks to this trip, I’ve already had to earmark the proceeds from this week’s shoot for some of the outstanding optics I sampled last week, including the 35 mm f/1.4, the 24-120mm f/4, the beloved 24mm f/1.4, and the 28-300mm.
Of course, this is all subject to the approval of SWMBO, who rules the financial roost around here, thank goodness. Otherwise, I’d probably be living in a tent surrounded by every lens Nikon has ever made…and that’s about 400 at last count!