Last night, I had the privilege of being the un-official photographer at the dinner celebrating the opening of the Cisco Security Operations Centre (SOC for short, as we love to abbreviate everything) I expected the event to be challenging since we were hosting it at the Krakow National Art Museum inside the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice) at the Main Square – and I wasnt disappointed.

Well I was actually, since I was advised as soon as I arrived that they would not look kindly on flash photography due to the old artworks on the walls, and light damage.

This was a star studded event with over 130 Senior Executives from all over the world, and I was going to need to shoot it all without flash. Heres why I wasnt disappointed.

This is the first time that I have had to truly appreciate the speed of the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. I was able to wander around the dinner picking off the people and the emotions without compromise. With a fully open aperture, I was capturing subjects at my tale, or 3 tables away with complete ease. Even comparing the quality of the 70-200 against the Nikon 50mm f1.8, the light quality and the contrast I was able to get from the Sigma was simply beautiful.

But instead of me describing it to you – as they say a picture is worth a thousand words (some even more) let me share the pictures with you. You can tell the difference between the shots taken with the 70-200, as they are the brightest of all the images.