A fortnight ago, 500px held a global photowalk, and I was super excited that I was in town for the Sydney leg of it (I visit my family once a month or so over the weekend). My new Tamron 24-70 f2.8 VC had arrived from DigitalRev only a week before that, so it seemed like the stars and moon aligned. 1
Except that it rained.
So my 3 hr photowalk turned into a short walk to Baxter's Inn, where we met our friend Kevin from some warming beverages and pretzels.
Baxter's Inn is very dimly lit- probably one of the dimmest bars I've every photographed in- so I thought it would be a great place to test out the Tamron's image stabilization. I slowed the shutter speed to about 20s in these photos (and held my breath), but wasn't super happy with most of the shots. I realised a week later that you need to physically turn on the image stabilization function on the side of the lens. I also realised that my lens had some major issues with inaccurate autofocus (it was front focussed), and distortion. Ah well, it's all part of the learning curve.
Later on that night, I met my friend Susan at a ramen place she recommended. Living in Canberra, I don't get to catch up with her as often as I like but we usually make up for lost time. We were served by this super effervescent waiter with fabulous hair (Jeremy, also the restaurant manager) who kept us in fits of laughter for the entire evening. We had their famous pork buns to start and I ordered their spicy miso tonkotsu ramen (their seasonal special)- which was just what the doctor ordered.
notes: Tamron 24-70mm 2.8 VC on a Canon 60D.