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mmmmm  http://swensonstudio.com/intro.htm

he is a C programmer? and a crazy assortment of lens.

ok I give up

I checked out the web site.  The best I can say about the photos on it - MEH.

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Canon General / Re: When a Woman is Fed Up...
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:04:01 AM »
She sent him to "L" and back!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 17, 2014, 02:42:07 PM »
I started with film in the mid 70s and I am glad that I did.  There is something surreal about watching your print appear in the developer.  After a while, I moved on to pushing and pulling film.  I would push Ektachrome and Tri-X to increase ASA (That was what it was called then).  I would pull Tri-X to increase grey scale.  This was done by over exposing the image and then under developing it.  This was something Ansel Adams used to do.  Then you would develop the prints in a soft developer (Selectol-soft) and then in a hard developer (Dektol).  The results were great.

On to digital:
It took me a while to admit it, but now that I have developed my digital skills, I would never go back to film.  I can achieve very similar results using NIK plug-ins (Silver Efex Pro) within Photoshop.  The biggest advantage of digital is that I can get much sharper prints than I ever could with film.  It is also a huge advantage being able to correct the color temperature with a slider over using filters to compensate.

If I was teaching a photo class, I would start everyone in film and then switch to digital.  Knowing both really helps when it comes to printing images. 

I still have my film camera and enlarger for sentimental reasons.  I do not see myself using either again unless I want to shoot infrared or something like that.  So far it hasn't happened.

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The most obvious things that are disconcerting are the lighting and the white balance.  Rather than using a Fong modifier on a flash, try a circular reflector.  The other item is the white balance.  I would recommend calibrating your monitor so that you can make white balance adjustments that make sense.

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Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:36:14 PM »
Happy Birthday Helen!

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 06, 2014, 01:42:31 AM »
No, You do not get it VSJ.  I have looked at your photos and many are great.  You have skills.  That is why I challenged you.  Apparently many people are challenged by the word poop.  So be it.  Too many people post on this site and do not know what they are doing.  This is not you.  Again, I have looked at your photos and you have skills.  What I am encouraging you to do is use this resource to ask advice from people that have been there and get their recommendations for what lens in what location.  Be specific, not so broad.  Use this resource for finding out were to go specifically (not generally), time of day, etc.  For all of the people that feel I am being rude, so be it.  I have your attention and my message is still there.  As a professional photographer, I always want to know when, where, when and how.  I did not mean to insult you personally, just the construct of your OP.  Take your skills, seek advise and have a great time.  You insulted me. You perceived I insulted you.  Other people feel the need to weigh in, but the bottom line is knowing where to be, when to be there and what to have.  Accept my apologies if you were offended, but use this forum for what is has to offer.  For all of you others that have decided that you should pile on me, so be it.  I actually like his photos.  VSJ I also got you attention, and poop is really not that bad of a word in the big scheme of things.   :D

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 05, 2014, 03:36:01 PM »
Enough already.  Next we will have to deal with...

I am going to the bathroom to poop.  What should I bring?

Wow!  I didn't realize there are still these kinds of people in the forum.  Did you just have a very bad day?  Anyway, peace to you sir.  There's no need to be rude.  An honest inquiry doesn't hurt anybody.  If you don't like it, then move on to the next thread.  No one is forcing you to read or comment.

Anyway, thanks to those who are very much willing to give their free advice.  You are all very much appreciated.

No VSJ, I am just tired of people posting about going somewhere and asking what to bring.  This is based on what types of photos you want to get and what you are willing to carry.  When I see someone talking about an upcoming trip followed by a long list of camera gear a become suspicious of their true intent.  Often it appears to be a way to brag about their gear or their next adventure.  Now if you asked for information on where to go and what focal length you should have for specific locations based on other peoples experience, I would find that much more constructive.  I was not being rude, or a having a bad day.  I simply called you out.  Be a big boy, wipe your nose and ask for some valuable information that just might get you some great images.  Listing you camera equipment is mostly pointless.  You choose what to carry based on location and desired images.  BTW, what "kinds of people" am I?  Seems like kind of a disparaging remark by you.  I was attempting to add a little levity, apparently you did not get it.  Now if you consider what I said about asking more specific questions about focal length/location, you will hopefully understand.  Being in the right place with the wrong focal length can be very frustrating.  Carrying too much gear can be painful.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help on what to bring to Krabi...
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:41:49 AM »
Enough already.  Next we will have to deal with...

I am going to the bathroom to poop.  What should I bring?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lens Cover Retainers
« on: April 03, 2014, 07:12:06 PM »
I use screw-in metal lens caps from Adorama.  Never have to worry about losing a lens cap or having it come off in my bag.

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I have two 16 GB CF cards and 1 64 GB SD card.  I only shoot raw and change out the CF cards when full.  I write all images to both cards so that my SD card is my redundant backup.  So far I havent't had any issues with the SD card's slower write speed.  If I was shooting something where I needed more fps, I would remove the SD card and backup the CF cards on my colorspace.

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Lenses / Re: 50mm upgrade or 85mm coverage?
« on: February 18, 2014, 08:51:21 PM »
I would recommend the 85 f1.8.  It can be had for ~$400 and it has the fastest focus of all of my lenses.  Great for portraits and action photography.

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Lenses / Re: Which wide-angle lens to hire?
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:11:41 PM »
+1 on the Zeiss 21mm.

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Check out the Corsair Voyager Air.  It is a 1TB drive that is WiFi, USB 3.0, has a NIC so that you can use it as a NAS drive, has a seven hour battery that you can recharge in the car, and will also function as a media server.  Perfect solution fot tablets.  There is a free app for iPad and android.

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Black & White / Re: Some of my black and white photos
« on: January 30, 2014, 01:44:29 PM »
Nice work.  You have mad skills!

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:52:58 PM »
Thanks!

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