All of these shots are straight out of the camera shots, no photo editing done except to reduce size for display on the web.
Oh my goodness, the sharpness and the color.
Seriously amazing depth of field.
Even with uncooperative subjects, every shot looked amazing right out of the camera.
I took an equal number of shots of Nate and Alex, but Alex is just too wiggly for playing around with apertures this low. I have a large number of out of focus shots of Alex. When he finally does sit still, he only wants to do crazy faces and poses. He thought this tough guy pose was funny but I found it endearing.
Nate is also more coachable and bribeable. I tell him to look in my direction and he'll do it when there is chocolate in involved. Alex often misinterprets my requests. Here I told him to open his eyes wide and instead he innocently struck this pose. No offense intended peoples.
To be fair, I took a lot of shots with the 17-55 for comparison. They were great but I think my heart is with the 1.2. I did get one shot I ADORED from the 17-55 and wanted to preserve it here for my blog. I was skeptical when Nate chose this hat as his primary winter hat but clearly the kid was meant to wear blue.
Now I go into reflection mode on what lens I want to buy. The one thing I did learn this weekend was to never let the boys get into photography because it is one seriously expensive hobby.