Photoessay: This little piggy

At Chinese weddings all over the world, the groom traditionally has to bring an offering of a roast suckling pig to the house of his bride-to-be on the morning of the tea ceremony, after which the couple is considered officially married by the community. I recently attended the wedding of one of my cousins – how could one not bring a camera (or two)?

This series shot with a Nikon D700, D3x, 24/1.4 G and 85/1.4 G lenses. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t use the D800; I didn’t have an AF solution at this point, and it isn’t really suited to being a photojournalism camera. The D3x had the 24/1.4 on it and the 85 was on the D700. MT

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  1. What do you mean by “I didn’t have an AF solution at this point”?

    What are the primary differences between the D700 and the D800 in terms of being a photojournalism camera which made you decide D700 over the D800?

    likely a rookie question, but i do not see my difference between the D800 and D700 except its better in almost every way

    • The replacement D800E hadn’t arrived, and I was using the D800 with the left-side AF problem.

      Shooting under PJ conditions, I can’t get perfect image quality at the pixel-level because of the nature of the job, so I’d rather not deal with the enormous (and many) file sizes. Bigger files = more processing time. Time = money. And I know the files weren’t going to be used for any enormous prints, plus the D700 if shot properly is more than capable of a good 60×40″.

  2. Truly beautiful photography. You have an eye for people. One can’t learn that.

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