Monday, 30 November 2015

Review: Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

1/125 @ f1.8 @ 200 ISO


Model: Polly Glamorous. Location: Wine Down Bistro in Kemah, Texas. Outfit provided by The Haunted Heel.


This is a short review of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. The photos were taken at the Wine Down Bistro, located in the lighthouse district of Kemah, Texas. The model was Polly Glamorous. 

This lens is the successor to the "nifty-fifty" 50mm 1.8D lens. The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G has a silent wave motor (SWM) which allows the camera to auto-focus on any Nikon DSLR's. The auto-focus is quiet and faster than the 35mm f/1.8G. The lens has a solid build, with a plastic exterior and a metal mount. There is a rear gasket to keep out moisture and dust. M/A Focus mode switch for changes between manual and autofocus operation. The manual override on autofocus mode (M/A mode), allows you to change the focus without having to change the mode to manual mode. Focusing distance on this lens is 1.5 feet.

The optical formula is 7 elements in 6 lens groups. One of the elements is aspherical. The filer size is 58mm. The lens comes with a 58mm snap-on front lens cap, rear lens cap, bayonet hood HB-47, and a flexible lens pouch, and a 5 year warranty. The lens is light at 6.6 ounces, and the lens measures 2.1 by 2.8 inches. The f1.8G is bigger then the f1.8D. There is no vibration reduction (VR) on this lens or aperture ring.

It's large aperture of f/1.8 is great for low light photography. The 50mm focal length is "normal" on a full-frame FX format body equivalent to the naked eye. On a cropped-frame DX-format body the 50mm becomes equivalent to 75mm. The standard portrait focal length is around 85mm. This is a fixed lens and not a zoom lens, so you will need to use your feet to adjust/compose.

The smooth and creamy bokeh is great and beats out the 1.8D. Bokeh is defined as "the effect of a soft out-of-focus background that you get when shooting a subject, using a fast lens, at the widest aperture, such as f/2.8 or wider." This lens is sharp wide open, especially in the center. For tact sharpness, stop down to f5.6. 


 1/125 @ f2 @ 200 ISO

125 @ f2.8 @ 200 ISO

Final word: If you want a sharp, fast-focusing lens with pleasing bokeh at an affordable cost ($220), pick up this lens. The Nikon 50mm f1.8G is $200 cheaper then the f/1.4G. Even if it's not their primary lens, most photographers have a 50mm in their gear bag.

~ Danny Stygion

editor (@) sinicalmagazine (.) com.


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The Lady Lauren Interview


Models: The Lady Lauren and Masuimi Max
Photographer: Morat Photographer
Makeup: Masuimi Max


Sinical Magazine: What was the first pinup, fetish, or alternative magazine you came across?

The Lady Lauren: I think it was Bizarre Magazine when I was in London. I remembered thinking, "now this is my type of magazine! And I love these models!" After that shortly, I scored a shoot with Masuimi Max!

Sinical Magazine: How did you get started in alternative modeling?

The Lady Lauren: Shortly after I came back from London, I started booking as many shoots as I could in the fetish scene. I scored a shoot with Masuimi in LA and things really took off after that. I became a suicide girl and after a year, left the community to be a Gods Girl and was much happier with that. I really dabbled with all kinds of modeling but the alternative and fetish scene is really where I found my ground.


Model: The Lady Lauren
Makeup: The lady Lauren
Wardrobe: Dawnamatrix Latex
Photographer: Red Rum Collaboration

Sinical Magazine: What are your measurements?

The Lady Lauren: 36-24-36.

Sinical Magazine: What do you think makes a model stand out from others?

The Lady Lauren: It's all about, what can bring to the table? With the Internet blowing up, it's so hard to find original ideas. I think the most important thing is to stay true to what you like and so best and don't sell out for the promise of fame. If you do something you regret, that's stays with you forever.

Sinical Magazine: What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you as a model?

The Lady Lauren: Probably getting to partake in fetish Con in 2010. I was pretty new to the fetish scene and to fetish modeling and there were all these intense thins going on around me that I didn't quite understand yet. I played it off like it wasn't a bi deal but inside I was going, "this is crazy!!!!" Now I am more seasoned and I love every bit of it. If I happen to walk into a scene where a person is ball gagged or bound I don't even flinch!



Models: The Lady Lauren and Raquel Reed
Makeup: Raquel Reed
Hair: Sheer Terror Hair Design
Photographer: Carlos Peralta

Sinical Magazine: Who are some photographers you've worked with and who are some you would like to work with?

The Lady Lauren: I've been lucky to work with amazing photographers, my favorite being Morat (Masuimi's husband) , Ellen Stagg, Red Rum Collaboration, but I would love the chance to work with Steve Diet Goedde and Viva Van Story!!! I'm very happy to announce I will be shooing with Gothic photographer Laura Dark in July!

Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5 alt. models, currently?

The Lady Lauren: In my opinion, I think Masuimi, Mosh, Ophelia Overdose, Bianca Beauchamp, and my personal favorite, Rubberdoll.


Model: The Lady Lauren

Photographer: Ellen Stagg
for Staggstreet
Hair and Makeup by The Lady Lauren


Sinical Magazine: Who are the top 5. alt. photographers, currently?

The Lady Lauren: Honestly, I feel privileged because I have worked with two I consider in this list being Morat and Red Rum and wanting to work with Viva an Steve Goedde rounding out my next two! I'd have to say number 5 being Alex Manfredini.

Sinical Magazine: Clothing wise, what is your main fetish?

The Lady Lauren: Probably saying, "I love latex" is over being redundant when it comes to asking a fetish model what she likes to wear most but of course I do! I adore corsets and stocking too, likewise.


Model: The Lady Lauren
Photographer: DaussFoto
Hair and makeup: The Lady Lauren

Sinical Magazine: Who are some of your favorite designers?

The Lady Lauren: Wearing Dawnamatrix latex in my shoot with Red Rum was a dream come true. I loved it. I'm so excited to wear my custom latex Peacock collar that was made by the Baroness in NY at my shoot with Laura Dark too!!!

Sinical Magazine: What type of music do you listen to?

The Lady Lauren: I'm a metal girl all the way! I love me some Megadeth! But I also like trip hop and industrial too!

Sinical Magazine: What is the alt/fetish scene like in your city?

The Lady Lauren: Well, it's kinda underground. It definitely exists but not so openly. Whenever I want to attend a huge fetish event or party I always have to travel but I'm hoping too make a big pact here as well.

Sinical Magazine: Where can Sinical readers see more of your work?

The Lady Lauren: My website is, you can find all my links there and I'm also a model for gods girls. My twitter is @theladylauren.


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Brains Before Beauty by Hollis Ireland

Photo by Christopher C. Pickrell


This article was featured in issue #8 of Sinical Magazine. Print copies can be ordered here.


The niche of alternative modeling is an odd market to navigate. Somewhere between the vague categories of art and porn, it’s not a business that can truly be defined. Aspects of horror and fetish culture, gothic art, and even a bit of mainstream beauty, albeit of the “neu” sort, come together to form an odd hybrid of small industry and popularity contest. Like any place of work, the artist’s studio (or, in the case of a model or photographer, hotel room or abandoned building) can be a wonderful and terrible place to work depending upon the attitude of the collaborators. Unlike most places of work, however, the world of models and photographers is an open market, and can be pursued by anyone, for better and for worse. The lack of a job interview or background check opens doors for both undiscovered talent and less-than-business-like intentions. The experiences had while working as an alternative mannequin or photo-taker are unique to the niche, which is a far cry from the more selective, closed industry of mainstream, commercial agencies. Our little, underground world of professional weirdos is rather eyeopening and testing. While the positive experiences are usually fulfilling, both artistically and professionally, the negatives should be a call for outrage.

For the past 6 years, I have worked as an alternative, nude model. I modeled part-time while finishing college, and then I made the jump to full-time after realizing that I wasn’t ready for a 9-to-5 after graduation. The job offered professional freedom, the opportunity to travel, and a chance at financial independence, which is something my classmates couldn’t seem to find while navigating the more typical career market. Most of my experiences were good, some were nothing short of wonderful, and the rest were enough to drive me to make the decision to work towards a different occupation in the New Year. The rate of burn-out is high because there are too many individuals, models and photographers alike, who seem hell-bent on turning a great underground market that is full of opportunities for creative minds into a sleazy, back-alley-type business. From tales of photographers asking models for sexual favors to models almost asking for ill treatment through their lackadaisical actions, the lack of professionalism has always astounded me.


Photo by Christopher C. Pickrell

What bothers me the most, and what truly inspires me to write this column, is the lack of outrage among all involved. Why are flaky, unintelligent models with attitudes that would get a fast food worker fired consistently hired? Why are photographers who ask for sex acts and conduct themselves in a less-than-business-minded manner allowed to remain with their reputations practically unscathed? And why are those who choose to “rant” about these inconsistencies few and far between? I write because those questions don’t have answers; because some refuse to even ask such questions and simply accept the niche for all it brings. To quote a rather cliché statement by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” and although I doubt I’ll change the course of the entire alternative modeling business, I can at least hope to inspire the dialogue that might incite change. I feel passionate towards the creation of art; towards the opportunities presented that aren’t available in a mainstream industry.

The alternative niche allows those whose voices might otherwise be silenced to find an outlet, and that is why I believe we can come together to work towards a better professional environment. More of us just need to be willing to speak out against the abuse of the modelphotographer relationship. We need to take a stance against perverts masquerading as business professionals, and push the abusers out of the industry. When there is an incentive to be honest and ethical, anda disincentive to treat our co-workers and clients with disrespect, I believe creativity and passion can finally thrive.


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Gail Kilker Interview

Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


This interview was feature in issue #8 of Sinical. Print copies can be purchased here.


Gail Kilker is a wife, mother, and wedding photographer. She also loves shooting pinup, latex fashion, and high fashion. She is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.


Sinical Magazine: How did you get started as a photographer?

Gail Kilker: I’ve always had an interest in photography. I didn’t go to school for it but I really loved it and wanted to learn more. I was sick of normal 9-5 jobs so I bought my camera and equipment and decided to try to make a career out of it. When I found Model Mayhem a few years ago I was really drawn to fetish and alternative photography so that’s mainly what I do now.

Sinical Magazine: How much planning goes into a shoot?

Gail Kilker: Sometimes it takes up to six weeks to plan a shoot. Most of my shoots are customized so a lot of times that requires help from designers who custom make wardrobe for my shoots.

Sinical Magazine: What type of camera equipment do you use?

Gail Kilker: I use a Canon 5D MarkII, Einstein lights with a softbox or Different types and sizes of umbrellas. I have lots of different L-Series lenses and a Canon 7D as a backup camera. I also love my Sunbounce reflector if I'm shooting outside during the day. I'll be upgrading to the 5DMarkIII after I move back to CA in June. Can't wait!


Model: Marla Meringue
Catsuit: Scarlett Bliss
MUAH: Anna DeMeo


Sinical Magazine: Do you prefer continuous lighting sources or off camera flash style lighting?

Gail Kilker: Off camera for sure but I do like to play around with my lighting.

Sinical Magazine: What is your favorite lens or focal length for portraits?

Gail Kilker: My favorite lens is my fixed 85 but I do need more time and room if I'm using it. If I'm in a cramped area or shooting with my studio lights I like to use my 24-70 so I can move around more.

Sinical Magazine: What do you view as the most important aspect of a photo shoot?

Gail Kilker: Styling for sure! I have a muah at every shoot to make sure the styling matches the wardrobe. I also like finding new places to shoot. I don’t like doing plain studio backdrops. I have a list of places to shoot so I can match any concept a model wants. I’m always looking for new places.

Model: Jade Vixen
Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: What photographers have been a source of inspiration to you?

Gail Kilker: That’s a really hard one! I would say Helmut Newton. Not that my work is anything like his. My favorite photographers right now are definitely J. Isobel De Lisle and Corwin Prescott. I could look at their work for hours!

Sinical Magazine: Do you have a preference for shooting pinup or fetish?

Gail Kilker: Definitely fetish fashion. I do like to shoot classic pinup sometimes though.

Sinical Magazine: You are moving back to Los Angeles, California in 2013. How does the city of Los Angeles inspire your work?

Gail Kilker: I’m from Orange County, California so it’s home to me. All of my friends and family are there. Also a lot of my favorite models live there so I know I’ll have a lot of great work to do.


Model: Jade Vixen

Latex: Westward Bound

Sinical Magazine: Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to working with models?

Gail Kilker: I’m a stickler for punctuality!

Sinical Magazine: Who in your opinion are the top 5. alternative models, currently?

Gail Kilker: Hmmm... Mosh, Ulorin Vex, Lauren WK, Ophelia Overdose, and Rachel Dashae.

Sinical Magazine: You state on your Model Mayhem that you are a wife, mother, and a wedding photographer. How do you find time to balance everything?

Gail Kilker: I don’t! My house is a disaster!

Sinical Magazine: What projects are you currently working on?

Gail Kilker: I like to keep all my projects quite but a lot of them include models stripping latex clothing and lingerie. I’m also working on a book someone hired me to shoot. It may take me another year or so.

Kilker's Model Mayhem 

Kilker's Photography Facebook Fan Page


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