It's difficult to not be a gearhead when getting in to photography. Whenever I feel like I've found all the equipment I could possibly want or need something else pops up. This time it is the Nikkor 200mm f/2 lens. I've heard pretty fantastic things about how well it takes portraits, from the tack sharp focal point to the creamy smooth bokeh. I was left even more impressed than what I had expected. I first balked at the $5,000 price point, but now I am convinced it will be my next purchase. Here are a few shots I got with it.
Awhile back I mentioned starting work on developing a video game. The original intention of that project has changed a lot since I first started thinking about what I wanted to do. I've decided I'm going to make a small experience for my nephew for Christmas. I think if I can dedicate a little time to it every week I can put together something that will be about 5 hours long. I want to make a game where he is the main character and revolves around events in his real life. Since that project is going to be a lot smaller, I will instead be focusing more attention on another game development opportunity. The Oculus Rift is something for which I am very interested in developing content. Although I'm stretched pretty thin between work and all of my hobbies including: photography, a food/photograhy blog that I'm putting together with my girlfriend, full restoration on each of my pinball machines, writing/recording music for my next album, and now software development, a co-worker and I have decided that we are going to put a small dev team together. We've done extensive research on the available game engines and decided the new Unreal 4 engine to be the best option out there. Since neither one of us are experienced coders (he a chemical engineer and I an IT Manager) we're going with Unreal for its ability to do full scripting with what Epic calls Blueprint. This sounded like a much better option than going with an engine like Unity and learning C# from scratch (although learning C# is on the to-do list). I've reserved domains for both the food/photography blog and also our dev team so stay tuned for updates pertaining to both ventures.