It’s hard not to love a lens that can handle difficult light like this. At first I wasn’t sure if my new Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO was going to be up to the challenge, as it is not the fastest lens on the market. I’m used to tackling mixed light and blue hour scenes like this with a speedy f/1.4 prime, but Tamron’s proprietary Vibration Compensation system performs even better than I anticipated.
I’ve shot this scene dozens (maybe hundreds) of times, as the good old Mint Bar is only a few blocks from my house. Of all of those images, this is undoubtedly my favorite. My Tamron lens renders colors beautifully, and even in low light, my subject is tack sharp. Of course, things may have been different if I had tried to shoot this scene after a few pints of Black Tooth brew at The Mint.