My current small studio setup is just a few monolights and such that has worked great for a number of things. As far as non-studio type photography, I used to have a great Minolta setup at the dawn of digital while I was still angrily holding on to film and my medium format cameras, but they made all my equipment obsolete when they went out of business. That included all of my glass and accessories from my film Maxxum 7. Thanks, Minolta. So I bought a Nikon D90. It seemed like a great camera for someone not shooting as much anymore, but still capable when I had a fire under my butt. Nikon better stay in business.
With a baby on the way, I’ll have a nice studio setup for staged photos, but I obviously need a great flash for other situations. All this leads me to my question – should I buy a Nikon SB-700 or another brand, such as one of the Sigma offerings for a bit less money? I’m leaning towards just getting the Nikon because it seems like the amount I’d save with a Sigma or another wouldn’t offset the benefits from things like CLS or other Nikon benefits.
Well, as is my M.O., it’s been a long time since my last post. It seems that while lacking in my reviews, people do enjoy bottle photos, so here are a few.
I was recently able to get my hands on some great sample from Yosh, including her new, reformulated Sombre Negra. She came up with one of the coolest ways of providing a sample too – along with the vial of Sombre Negra, she includes a stick with paper mustache attached that’s been sprayed. When you hold the mustache up to your face, you smell the gorgeous fragrance. It’s about the most clever way of making a sample and perfectly fitting.
I’ll leave the actual reviewing to those in better practice and reputation, but I will say that I enjoyed SN from first encounter and decided I had to get a bottle. It’s extremely masculine in the traditional sense of actual notes, but not necessary in actual wear – I’m sure I’d love it on my wife as well. After I got the sample and wore it a couple times, I had to head to CES in Las Vegas for work. It only dawned on me after I was on the plane that the Barney’s I have purchased so much from (and photographed on this blog) was across the street from the Mirage, where I was staying. One of the days I had a couple free hours, I headed over for some sniffing. After sampling some underwhelming Byredo scents (but one I did like – Accord Oud) and Arquiste Parfumeur (which I really loved and got a few samples of – I’m sure to add some of those soon), I liberally sprayed myself with Sombre Negra and continued poking around the store for a bit. It came down to the Yosh and one of the Arquiste scents I was wearing, but the Yosh ended up being the one I came away with.
I’d call my trip to Vegas a success – I came back $40 in the black, thoroughly tired, and with an incredible new scent. Here are a few shots of my unpacking it when I got home.
I’ve been here before and had a satisfactory visit, but after the way the owner and his worker treated me and my wife this past weekend, I can’t warn you enough about how rude and hostile this place was.
My wife and I went there as part of a Sunday trip to the Galleria – I almost certainly would have purchased something, as I had done many times before. We were looking at the Amouage and ELdO fragrances and I mentioned to my wife that I would love to have the perfume coffee table book they had on the shelf for Christmas. She pulled out her phone to snap a picture of it so she’d be able to come back and get the right book. The brunette lady behind the counter boldly shouted at her “EXCUSE ME, what do you think you’re doing?” When my wife tried to explain, she snapped back that she couldn’t take a picture of anything without their expressed permission. When I tried to stop the lady from getting nastier to my wife, she condescendingly snapped at me that people like THEM don’t do such rude things. Really? Taking a picture so she could buy me a Christmas gift? How rude, huh? I understand that they might not want people taking pictures of their display (the lady tried to say that we could be competitors looking at display ideas), but a simple polite question would go miles further than angrily shouting across the store.
I told her that they had lost long-time customers and a considerable amount of money (I’d spent hundreds of dollars there before and certainly would have continued), then the owner chimed in with “Well, now you’ll have a picture to remember us by.” He had the chance to rectify the situation and apologize, but he just continued down the hostile road the other lady had taken and we left the store.
I am still blown away at how rude they were and how they treated us. There are plenty of other places to get the same items, but with much less hostility and pretentiousness. I’ve never encountered such nastiness from a small retail shop employee, much less the owner himself.
I’ll certainly let the owners of the small niche fragrance companies they stock know about the caliber of this shop selling their products, as it reflects poorly on their brands as well.
I’ve got a couple minutes of down time, so I thought I’d go ahead and get a few shots of Xerjoff 1861 on here. The new bottle shape for this release was a fun one to shoot, and the etching on its back is a really nice touch. 1861 is a perfect warm weather scent, but it’s not just a one trick pony. It can easily be worn for all kinds of occasions, and has a gorgeous, creamy undertone that feels fresh, yet velvety and exudes a warmth that you rarely find in citrus dominated scents. It’s a big winner for Xerjoff, as it’s both easily accessible, even by those new to fragrances, and priced attractively as well.
Apologies for the lack of posts lately – I’ve got a pile of photos of Xerjoff 1861 and some thoughts on some others, but time has been tight lately and looks like it might stay that way for a while. I’ve got a bottle of Amouage Reflection on its way from Dubai, so hopefully we’ll get that and the 1861 up within the next few weeks.
Sorry all! Be back before too long!