May 19 2014 Ruben and Sally-Liberty House Wedding with the Nikon D4S

Not too long ago, shooting something like a bridal party with sparklers was a real challenge. Cranking up the ISO wasn't an option years ago, and the use of fill flash sort of washed out the sparklers. Today, with the Nikon D4S, not only can I shoot an image like this at ISO 6400 without even thinking about it, but the focus system in low light kicks serious butt. I'll be posting more images from this wedding of Sally and Ruben at the Liberty House soon, but I wanted to share this. For the pixel peepers, I've also included a 100% crop of the image as well.  
 
Nikon D4S Nikkor 24-70 F2.8G, 1/125th @ 2.8 @ ISO 6400.


100% crop of the Nikon D4S @ ISO 6400


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May 15 2014 Sally and Ruben-Liberty House Weddings-Nikon D4S

I love working at the Liberty House in Jersey City NJ. It's got one hell of a backdrop, and at different times of the day, you'll get a wide array of moods. For the past month or two, the Nikon D4S has become my workhorse. I'm using the D4S and 2 D4's as my essential gear along with 8 lenses. In this image, the autofocus in low light on the D4S makes this image much easier to capture than every before. The D4S isn't just for high ISO. It's focusing system is the best of any camera I've ever used. There was virtually no contrast to focus upon, yet the camera managed to lock on to my subject. The NYC skyline as a backdrop doesn't suck. The rest is all about Sally and Ruben- who were phenomenal to work with. This is a preview of their wedding which I'll blog in a week or so. Huge thanks to the staff at the Liberty House. Their service was stellar! 
 
 
For the photo geeks 
Nikon D4S Nikkor 70-200 VRII, 1/50th @ F3.5 @ ISO 500


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May 12 2014 Kimberly and Adam-Ashford Estate Wedding Photography

It's always good to work at Ashford Estate in Allentown NJ, but it's even better when there's good light! Kim and Adam had a gorgeous day. CTO Tribecca provided the entertainment, and Merrimakers Catering did their typical stellar job. Here's a few from their day! 








































































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May 6 2014 Nikon D4S-A few observations-Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

"Can I capture an image I wouldn't be able to make with another piece of equipment?"…. That's generally the question I ask myself when I think about a new piece of gear. There are certain things in my bag that I'll rely upon- right until there may be something better- with the exception of my Nikkor 28 1.4D… that's never leaving my bag, but I digress…. One of the benefits of shooting so many frames during the year- I estimate that number to be roughly around 250,000 frames per year or so- I get a good feel for what my gear is capable of. Each flagship body from Nikon does a little something different, and the Nikon D4S simply allows me to make pictures I have never been able to make before.  
 
Yeah, I know, many will say that since I'm a Nikon Ambassador United States, and that I wouldn't say anything else. If you know me personally, you know that I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. The responsiveness- specifically the decisive focus system, the sharpness of the files and the high ISO performance make this camera the absolute perfect wedding photography camera. I presently use one Nikon D4S along side Nikon D4 bodies, and I feel like I have the ideal tools. Within the next few months, I'll be doing a Kelby One video on what's in my bag and how I use everything.  
 
I want to be clear that I'm not going to do any type of review of theD4S , for obvious reasons, but every once in a while I'd like to share some things that I observe about this new beast. Below is an image I captured at a recent wedding. It was at the Westin Philadelphia , and they were serving dinner to all of the guests. I noticed the bride was in some nice back light, and she and her new husband were whispering to one another. While I knew the light level was quite low, the quality of the light wasn't too bad. I was really just playing around, but I set the ISO on the D4S to 20,000 and fired off a few frames. Yes, I said 20,000. Now, heard this camera could go up to some silly high ISO's, but I never dreamed that I'd make quality wedding images at 20,000. The proof is in the pudding. My mind was blown.  
 
Below, you'll see the image shot at 20,000 with Lightroom at default settings and slight adjustments- but no further noise reduction was used. The 100% crop is included below. The image was shot at 1/160th @ F2.8 at ISO 20,000.


100% Crop of the Nikon D4S @ ISO 20,000


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