Beauty and superlatives

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Beauty and superlatives

Fashion blogger Lisa Fiege and Jochen Schneider from “The L Fashion” flew to New York with the SP 35mm f/1.8 – and couldn’t believe all the superlatives in the Big Apple.

New York has long been on our travel to-do list, so we were excited when a professional opportunity came up via my blog to take part in New York Fashion Week. It went without saying that after the work was done, we would want to hang around a few days sightseeing – we had to make the eight-hour flight worth it.
After just a few hours in New York, we knew we’d landed in paradise when it came to photography… and burgers. Our adoptive home, Cologne, can often be a bit restrictive in these areas.

Metropolis of highlights

Although we’re not fans of the usual tourist routes, we couldn’t come to New York without working through the classic tourist attractions; no hardship, since in this city, each highlight is more impressive than the last. You get the best photos in New York at sunset; unfortunately, word of that has got around, so getting a photo without a tourist in it is like winning the lottery. When you see an opening, you only have a few seconds to make use of it. Since my boyfriend and I are very persistent when it comes to getting the perfect photo, we jump into these openings pretty quickly to get a shot.

The Brooklyn Bridge is the perfect example of this, since it’s a kind of pilgrimage site in New York around the clock. But not for nothing – the view of the city’s skyline is just priceless. So you’re happy to practically be driven along the narrow pavement. A visit to the famous “Top of the Rock”, the viewing platform on the Rockefeller Center, is also not what you’d call a solitary experience, although the breath-taking view makes you forget about that completely. With Central Park on one side and the “concrete jungle” on the other, you really begin to appreciate the beauty and the superlatives that this city evokes.

SP 35mm – perfect for superlatives

We took most of the photos in New York with the SP 35mm f/1.8 lens from Tamron. We had recently made the leap from APS-C to a full-format sensor and so were really excited to see the new camera and the lens in action.

Our conclusion: 35mm in full format is one of the best focal lengths for city breaks. The lens isn’t as heavy as a zoom, and isn’t too wide-angle for portraits (hello, big nose!) and you can still get all the landmarks into the photo, even if they’re very high. We weren’t used to the ISO performance and great sharpness of the Tamron even with the wide aperture, and with the image stabiliser in the mix as well, we even got great photos hand-held and at night. We just did some of our sightseeing at night during our stay – and even then, the photos were always impressive.

About the author: The L Fashion

Lisa Fiege and Jochen Schneider, from Cologne, together run the fashion blog “The L Fashion”. They both regularly blog about current trends in fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

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