Last night, at Google Zeitgeist, Google Called Home. Or at least my original home, South America. Samba, Capoeira, Tango, it was a fantastic party.

Here´s the video

And here are some pictures

And these are Loic Lemeur pictures, as you can see we were hanging out together. My pictures are taken with a Nikon D90 with an 85mm 1.4 lens. His pictures some of which I took myself are taken with a Canon Mark II D5, 85mm 1.2. I think I am soon trading my $2000 solution for his heavier, more expensive ($5000) but undeniably better camera.

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hobs on May 20, 2009  · 

Don’t trade your D90 so soon. Yes, $5000 against $2000 have to show up somehow, but it is visible that even $5000 worth of gear is not sufficient if both the photographer and the scene don’t work together.
Being Canons well known for their low light performance, I can see in Loic’s pictures the same issues as in your pictures. Even with such great lens as you both have, there’s still motion blur caused by the low light and movement of the subject (even outdoors .. looks like dawn light). Also in both cases, most of them are a tad out of focus since autofocusing systems also perform poorly in low light. And last but not least.. heck! you were at a party and the subject was having fun, not making perfect photographs.
But the colors of the D90 are in my opinion more true to life than those shown in your friend’s pictures and in general your D90 pictures are quite nice.
Being a photography aficionado for more than 20 years, I can assure you that the capabilities and quality of a camera like yours are a dream come true for the hurdles that photography has faced for so many years with barely acceptable high ISO film, that could never give the colors and low noise of today’s cameras. And still, photographers have managed to get outstanding pictures with such limitations.
I’d suggest to keep developing your technique and eventually buy a VR lens from Nikon (vibration reduction) that will help you overcome some issues. Of course, if the person is laughing or moving in candle light nothing , not even the top-of-the-range Nikon D3 will make the subject be still. In the end it is not what you have but what you do with it!.
Oh! and when you reach the point in which you do want to spend the necessary time on it, you’ll be amazed about what post-procesing can do for your photographs shot in RAW format.

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