Short post, sorry...
I'm not going to beat around the bush: I love alcohol. Bourbon, scotch, beer, as long as it tastes good, I'll drink it. One thing that I absolutely adore is craft beer. I love the skill that's involved with making a good brew and have always respected craft brewers because as much as I'd love to get a home brewing kit for myself, it absolutely scares me thinking about the kind of abomination I could potentially create. Suffice it to say, I'm pretty content with picking and choose what I think looks good rather than trying to brew my own. Twin Cities Craft Beer Fest came to Minneapolis, MN and brought with it 75 different breweries and over 100+ different beers to try. 3 hours of beer tasting with unlimited samples? Please, don't twist my arm too hard.
More importantly, for me it was a chance to rent and test out the Canon 24 f/1.4L lens. Since my body is a 1.3 crop and not a full frame, my focal length was 31.2mm (1.3 x focal length) but I still got some awesome results. I've had my eye on a 24L for a while so I was looking forward to getting the chance to check out the bokeh and how sharp it is. I'm a big prime lens fan (meaning the lens doesn't have a zoom factor) because I love how sharp my images come out and not having the ability to zoom in and out forces me to really think about my frame and it gets me to move my feet. Being able to move around to get your photo is an underrated skill, I think, and it's something I continually work on. The lighting itself was kind of weird. The actual lights in the building were just fluorescent lights but there was this weird tungsten color in the event so white balance was kind of a pain to nail down.
The event itself was pretty cool, it was at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis connected to a spiffy hotel. Tables lined the walls representing different breweries as well as a few sections in the middle of the floor where there was a ton of foot traffic. There was so much variety that it would've been a challenge for anyone to find something they didn't like there. IPAs, stouts, lagers, you name it, it was there. Even hard ciders if that's what you're into, but I won't judge. It was also pretty neat that they had a local cigar company there and they were actually rolling cigars on site, which is incredibly difficult and takes a tremendous amount of skill. There were also some food trucks, so thankfully I wasn't drinking on an empty stomach. Bad news bears.
Real short post, I'm headed to Nashville for what I thought was a paintball event but that was cancelled so now my work trip has turned into a vacation. Once I return I'll be going to Joliet, IL for Living Legends (post from last year here) and then I'll be shooting a St. Paul Saints (baseball) game along with a Minnesota United FC (soccer) game or two this Summer. It's good to be busy, see you then!
Canon 1D Mark IV
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L