Modern 9 - Ericka in Paso
Ericka in profile.

As I often do, I set a creative constraint for the photos taken on our fabulous weekend trip to Paso Robles with our neighbors, Phil and Ericka. The constraint would be shooting with nothing but the new 85mm prime lens and to try not to stray from the wide-open setting at f1.4. As you can see above, the lens is best when it’s shooting portraits and it most certainly helps to have a beautiful subject like Ericka. But it turned out to be quite a lot of fun to play with the shallow depth of field in a number of situations. So… here is a smattering of images taken on the trip. For the curious, I used the Modern 9 image profile in Lightroom at 200% to get this color effect, then increased blacks and whites for some contrast.

Modern 9 - Rocky on couch
Racquel relaxing.
Modern 9 - Brian Benson Glass
At Brian Benson cellars in Tin City.
Modern 9 - Austin Hope Winery
Unquestionably, Austin Hope tasting cellar had the most covid friendly tasting environment with lots of private spaces.
Modern 9 - Austin Hope Winery
A birthday kiss for Phil.
Modern 9 - Austin Hope Winery
Phil and Ericka
Golden hour at Eberle Winery.
Modern 9 - Sculpterra Ordering
Masks and social distancing were the theme of the weekend, including here at Sculpterra.

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EXIF Data Below Applies Only To The Featured Photo In This Post
  • Aperture: ƒ/1.4
  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • Taken: 3 October, 2020
  • Focal length: 85mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s

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