Vincent Morretino Photography: Blog en-us (C) Vincent Morretino Photography [email protected] (Vincent Morretino Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:52:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:52:00 GMT Vincent Morretino Photography: Blog 101 120 Jessica & Brian's wedding - April 25, 2015 I haven't been keeping up with uploading weddings this year, but this blog entry marks the first of several more wedding posts to come.

Jessica, the bride, had her hair and makeup done at Christina & Co. in West Lafayette, IN.

One of Jessica's bridesmaids getting ready.

Jessica and Brian's ceremony and reception were held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church and Saint Lawrence Social Hall in Lafayette, IN. This is Brian.

The inside of the church was beautiful, but sounds echoed quite easily. I had to practically tip-toe around as to not draw attention to myself, which is about the worst thing a photographer can do during the ceremony. The photographer is supposed to be stealthy, silent and unobtrusive.

Once the guests cleared out over to the reception hall, we did some more intimate photos. Jessica and Brian did not have a "first look" before the ceremony, and we didn't have a lot of time before heading over to the reception.

Jessica and Brian's preciouses.

Their escape. I think they were having their honeymoon at a hunting preserve somewhere in Ohio. Cool story, eh?

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Valentine's Day wedding Yesterday was frigid, with temperatures fluctuating between teens and 20s and wind gusts up to 40 mph. Not really a great incentive to keep me out of the house and away from my Valentine (my lovely wife), but at least we wouldn't be doing any outdoor photos.

The ceremony took place at the Indiana statehouse, with the reception being held at the Madame Walker Theater.


[email protected] (Vincent Morretino Photography) Indianapolis photography wedding Sun, 15 Feb 2015 17:42:43 GMT
Fixing a broken lens from eBay  

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I've had hit-or-miss success with buying used camera equipment on eBay. I've bought lenses that I had to return immediately because there was significant internal problems that were not disclosed during the bidding process, and I've bought lenses that have performed brilliantly at fair market value.

In June 2013, I came across a listing on eBay for a Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AF lens that was given a wrong description. The seller had listed the lens as a much older manual focus lens, and had priced it accordingly. 

Seeing his mistake, I became interested as it was a great opportunity to grab a great lens at 1/3 of the normal price. The seller disclosed that there was a known issue, that the lens wouldn't work on certain early model digital Nikon cameras (pre-2007) and a few older film cameras. My camera model wasn't listed, so I figured I was safe to go ahead and buy the lens.

When the lens arrived, the first thing I did was test it on my camera. I got an error message on the top LCD screen that told me that the lens couldn't be recognized. It's embarrassing to admit, but it took me 2 hours to figure out that a small, but very important piece of plastic was broken that tells the camera's aperture ring feeler what aperture the lens is set to.

I contacted the seller about a refund, and he was happy to refund my money and accept the lens as a return. But then thought I that I might be able to fix the problem myself. If I succeeded, I would have a wonderful new lens for a few hundred dollars less than I could find it anywhere else. If I failed, I'd have a $150 paperweight. I decided to try my luck.


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I bought some PC Products PC-11 two-part marine epoxy adhesive paste, and rebuilt the broken piece (the white part between the small 16 and the small 5.6). I applied the epoxy with toothpicks. After 24 hours, I shaped the newly formed plastic with sandpaper and an Ex-acto knife.

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Top view.

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Finally, I took a black permanent marker and colored the white plastic black. Not pretty, but not bad for never having done anything like this in my life.

In the end, the gamble paid off. The repair isn't noticeable when handling the lens in the field. The epoxy has excellent tensile strength, somewhere around 750 lbs per square inch, but the amount of force exerted on it by the aperture ring feeler will never hurt it.

It's my favorite go-to portrait lens, and it was a steal and a huge learning experience. I could have easily screwed up the repair by losing a screw or forgetting how to reassemble the lens.


[email protected] (Vincent Morretino Photography) Indianapolis photography wedding Mon, 12 Jan 2015 05:34:30 GMT
Tim and Savannah

This is Tim and Savannah. They drive around Indiana (and sometimes the US) going to different skate parks. Savannah is a German Shepherd and wolf hybrid. She's really sweet. Sometimes she pulls Tim around on his rollerblades. Here's a sample of that:


They are both awesome people. Taken after a skate session at Ollie's skate park in Florence, Kentucky.


Nikon D700 - ISO 400 - 35mm - f/1.4 - 1/800 sec.

[email protected] (Vincent Morretino Photography) Indianapolis photography wedding Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:46:11 GMT