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Canon General / CPS Packet - Signature Required
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:37:41 AM »
I received a e-mail about my renewal of my CPS membership with a tracking number.  It went to trash, I get a renewal every year, no big deal.
Then, I got a automated call from FedEx saying that tracking # XXXXX was coming Friday and I had to sign for it.
I find it difficult to believe that the free membership is so valuable that it has to be sent by 2 day FedEX with signature required.  :)   No wonder cameras cost so much and profits are poor.  It is one thing that could go by the slow boat UPS Mail Innovations.  Maybe they think its a image thing and I'll be impressed by them burning money!

Landscape / Photography in the Palouse
« on: March 31, 2014, 11:27:42 PM »
I noted that there is a photography event and workshop right on my back doorstep in the Palouse, which is the name that we use when referring to the area South of Spokane, Washington.  The Palouse river winds its way thru the hills, so that might be the reason for the name.
The rolling hills have huge wheat crops, with special combines that can climb the steep hills as well as run at a steep angle on the sides of the hills.  Its not Kansas, but there is wheat as far as you can see, and a good ways beyond.  I attended Washington State University in the heart of "The Palouse" many years ago. 
With all the beautiful scenery here locally, I should be spending more time taking photos.

5D MK III Sample Images / In Like A Lion
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:00:02 PM »
This year, March is coming in like a Lion.  we've had lots of snow every day in March, and while it was supposed to taper off today, its coming down at over two inches a hour.
Redwing blackbirds showed up a couple of weeks ago, about two weeks after the Robins.  They have been dining at our feeder and tend to get a lot hungrier when its snowing.  I snapped a photo out the front window after running my tractor to plow snow.   we have another two inches less than a hour later, and its still coming down heavily.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Refurb Big Whites
« on: February 22, 2014, 12:05:27 AM »
I was noticing the big white lenses on the Canon Direct site.  We usually do not see the refurbs here, as dealers take all of them.  I suspect that seeing them on the refurb site is another indication of slow sales.
Get a Deal on the 800mm f/5.6L, or the 200mm f/2L, the 300mm f/2.8L is there but currently sold out.

Software & Accessories / Kickstarter Hacked
« on: February 15, 2014, 11:18:31 PM »
Here is the article
As usual, they start off by saying your credit card data is safe.  I'd be skeptical.  Make sure you do not use the same password on other sites, there are some good password managers that will generate and remember passwords for each site, and will encrypt that information..

Animal Kingdom / Our First Robin of 2014
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:55:27 PM »
Its only January, but after clearing snow this morning, I noticed a robin sitting by the front of our house in a crabapple tree eating last years crabapples.
I grabbed my 5D MK III and put on my 100-400L and took a photo out my front window.  When he did not fly, I went outside and managed to take a few shots before he flew.  These are not cropped, and have minor  adjustments in exposure.
400mm f/6.3 1/250 sec ISO 100

400mm f/6.3 1/320 sec ISO 125

We've had a foot of snow over the last two or three days, but the cold arctic air is moving in, clear skies and very cold!

Third Party Manufacturers / Hanford Atomic Reservation Camera from WWII
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:20:03 AM »
A local auction house is selling a lot of collectibles from Marvin Carr's Museum in Spokane.  I thought this one was interesting.

Theater, Concert and Event / Cheshire Cat
« on: January 16, 2014, 04:03:22 PM »
I was shooting the first dress rehersal of our local home School play last night.  they are doing "Alice in wonderland" this winter.
The costumes are amazing, and the ultra violet lit scenes with all the purples and blues are going to be a big challenge, enough that I switched my 5D MK III to Adobe RGB to capture as broad a spectrum as possible.
The Cat is a 9 man cat, so it does have nine lives :D   Its about 25 feet long to the tip of its tail.
all these are at ISO 26500 except for the photo of the break. The reason is that I was using a fast shutter speed due to the dancing amd movement, and have suddenly encountered some severe tendonitis and just leave the camera controls set.

Things are starting to fall apart!

A break while the Lighting is being Adjusted

The Cat keeps appearing in various places

Lenses / MOVED: Canon 200-400/1.4x on sale at BuyDig
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:35:30 PM »

A Test of the color gamut of the Ipad Mini shows that its not up to photography standards, covering only a portion of the sRGB gamut, while other recent tablets like the Kindle 7" HDX are excellent.

 I've been considering one, and Apple seems to have a lot of advantages, but not the new mini.


The IPAD Air is much better, but still not matching the Kindle Fire HDX.  The 4:3 screen ratio should be good for camera phone and P&S users, but for DSLR's, the shape of the Kindle screen may give more display area.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Refurbish Store (USA Only) Restocked
« on: November 13, 2013, 12:26:21 PM »
I see they have restocked this morning, Wed 11/13.  I managed to order a 1.4X TC MK III for $349, it took me several tries, first it would not go into my cart, then Ames rejected the charge and wanted verification.  Meanwhile I paid using a Visa, since the store merely returned a generic message saying it could not process the charge.  A few minutes later, Amex called, but I already had paid otherwise.

Canon General / 30 Days to Design Your Portrait Business
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:53:09 PM »
Creative live is offering a free intensive workshop called
Its for those who are serious about starting a business and runs for 33 days!  There is a initial 3 day introduction, then a one hour segment each day for the next 28 days.
I can't imagine a better opportunity for someone who is serious about starting a photography business, its free if you watch it live, or later, it costs $150 to have access to the video and be able to watch it on your own schedule.
"The strongest portrait photography businesses have one thing in common: a dedicated, strategic plan for artistic and financial success. Join creative LIVE instructor Lori Nordstrom as she kicks off Launch Your Portrait Photography Business in 30 Days, an intensive course that will give you the step-by-step tools you need to survive and thrive as a portrait photographer.
This three-day introduction will cover the key components of launching or revamping a portrait business. You’ll develop a plan of action for marketing, branding, and pricing that will keep your clients happy and your business growing. As she takes family portraits live in studio, Lori will demonstrate the lighting, posing, and shooting skills she uses to make sure clients come away from a session with photos they’ll love. During one-hour segments spread out over the next 28 days, you’ll also learn about how to pitch your services so every consultation ends with a “Yes!”.
By the end of this course, you’ll have the concrete skills you need to attract clients, build a successful, satisfying business, and deliver stunning results every time."

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