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Leibovitz pawns life’s work

February 25th, 2009 Posted in News | No Comments »

This is just really sad.  Sad that she hasn’t put her financial house in order.  It seems that artists seem to be bad businesspeople and live in the “artistic” world too long to understand that there are other forces in the world that can affect them…too often in a negative way.

This is where you wish an honest “patron” would come along and say “Look, I know you’re having issues.  Let me help.” 

Rising lens prices

February 16th, 2009 Posted in News | No Comments »

Thanks to the ever appreciating Yen, lens prices (of Nikons anyway) have started rising considerably. Just watching the prices at B&H and other places anyone that was looking at a lens about a month ago is probably going through sticker shock right now.  With the economy the way it is, I predict Nikon’s sales will plummet even more.  I’ll be curious to see what will come out at PMA and how the new lenses are priced.  The new 35/1.8 AF-S is priced well at $199 but some of the other lenses may not share that same ‘bargain’ feel.

The increase may not affect everyone but to the high-end amateur, they might wait this one out.  The problem is, it might be a long time.

Little guy studying

February 14th, 2009 Posted in People | 1 Comment »

The biggest reason for this post was to do it from a borrowed MacBook Pro using Lightroom 2 and CS4 - demo versions. I also wanted to see how hard it was to do some basic skin softening. I tried a tutorial found here. I also lightened up his right eye a bit as well.

Oh yeah, I love the Mac…and it’s plenty fast enough.

Intense look

Stitching 45,000 photos into a video

January 14th, 2009 Posted in Workflow | No Comments »

You gotta give this guy some credit. I wonder if he took 45,000 or actually used 45,000 photos. Regardless, the time and patience to do this is pretty amazing, and he did it using not-so-hard to find tools.  A Macbook Pro, Final Cut Pro and iPhoto.  Of course he did do some effects with Eyeon Fusion which looks a bit more pricey and not found on your every-day computer.

Very cool though.  I’ll be curious if the trend in DSLR’s with HD video capability, as the article mentions, continues or not.  I hope so since you’re already putting some serious money up for some good equipment and lenses it would be nice to take advantage of it.

Three roses

January 12th, 2009 Posted in Nature, Macro | 1 Comment »

Three roses in the simplistic lightbox. This time the SB-600 was attached using the 35/2.

Three roses

Chess pieces and a home made lightbox

July 24th, 2008 Posted in Things, Equipment | No Comments »

I recently constructed a light box using foam board and a glue-gun. Nobody was harmed during construction, amazingly. For about $12, it works pretty good but I need to get one more thing…a piece of poster-board so that there is no seam that shows up in the background. In the below pics I was able to avoid it but I’d rather not worry about a dark line through the background.

Chess in a lightbox

Chess in a lightbox

Chess in a lightbox

Chess in a lightbox

Grandfather Mountain and Blowing Rock

June 16th, 2008 Posted in Places, Nature, Animals | 1 Comment »

I’ve been in North Carolina for over 11 years now and have made my first trips to Blowing Rock in the past few weeks. The first was to visit Tweetsie with the family. This time was to go to Grandfather Mountain and stay in Blowing Rock at a beautiful little resort called Chetola.

Here’s a gallery of a few of the photos I took while there. These were probably my two favorite:

Black Bear

Grandfather Mountain