Tokina & Trains: Which Excited Me More?

So, I ordered the Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens for my trip, and yes, it is glorious. And yes, I’m going to show it off in this post.

But first, can we talk about something for a second?

View from the lounge car

Trains are seriously an awesome way to travel up the state of Florida.

Who knew?! I certainly didn’t. But I figured it out real quick yesterday.

train trip
Going on an adventure!

Sure, trains are great in general – you just sit back and relax while watching the landscape whip by.


Do you know what is really great? (Aside from going on inter-car adventures?)

That moment when you realize you’d normally have to endure this trip in your car, along with all the hundreds of other cars, all packed in two lanes, speeding and stopping, lurching forward then honking impatiently…

Wait for it…

There it is…

The realization you’re traveling WITHOUT TRAFFIC.

No more do you have incur the wretched wrath of road rage! No more must you lament over the accident gawkers causing an hour long jam on the highway. You are free

I enjoyed this revelation thoroughly.

Anyway, happy successful first travel day for me! Deerfield –> Tampa with no hiccups 🙂

In addition to trains, the Tokina is quite great as well. In fact, it’s so great, that I do believe it takes home the win for “Which excited me more?”

It definitely can create crisp, well-exposed shots in low light conditions. And obviously it’s not the lens for selfies, as it will definitely have wide-angle distortion, but nonetheless, here are some shots I took before I left to showcase my newest addition to my camera gear family:

Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount

Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon MountTokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon MountTokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 Pro DX II Lens - Canon Mount

Okay, maybe I was just having fun too 😛

With much love and ellipses,


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Shanna, rhymes with banana.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

For those of you who may or may not know, I’m Shanna (rhymes with banana), from the ShanCait road trip duo! 🙂

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography     Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

I’ve always been that person who’s attached at the hip with their camera – if I’m not working with a client for my freelance photography business, I’m spending my time shooting and creating conceptual artwork.

I’ve used and owned countless cameras, but within the past year I upgraded camera body, and I swear, it’s like this 6D is my baby. I could practically pull out my ‘billfold’ and a collection of pictures I’ve taken with it would come unfolding out, just like a proud parent.

“Have I shown you this one? It’s from it’s very first shoot, fresh out of the box!”
*oooh, ahhhh* someone might coo.

Hah, as if it were my child’s first steps.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography, RED Epic

But alas, through the Art + Technology program at UF with Cait, I’ve grown quite fond of video too.

I think after a) getting down and dirty with a Hardee’s Thickburger
b) falling in love with video compositing of Google Street Viewtwice
and c) finally conquering my nerves of doing a glam video shoot with a model, video won me over.

After all, there’s enough room for two “babies,” one on each hip, right?

Okay, okay, moving on.

So where does this road trip come in for me?

Well, I am a ridiculously avid traveler. Any and all opportunities that come up, especially fun spur of the moment ones, I seize wholeheartedly (of course camera in-tow). And guess who’s become my partner in crime in recent ones? You guessed it! The one and only, Cait, roadwarrior extraordinaire.

Alas, what happens when…

‘ain’t nobody got $$ for a Eurotrip,’ but ‘we definitely want to travel,’ and ‘neither of us have been out to Cali,’ and oh yeah, ‘we really want to check out Austin too,’ and wait, ‘there are really cool natural wonders throughout the west’…


And guess what? Everyone’s asking, what do I want to do on this road trip? Take lots and lots of pictures and shoot lots and lots of video and create exciting and engaging work!

And don’t worry, you all will be the first to see 🙂

In the meantime, curious about the work I’ve already done?

Shanna Ferris Portfolio

Much love,

Shanna Banana