Not Your Everyday Banana

by Bart Arondson

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bio website cs.berkeley.edu/~dcoetzee
location Berkeley, California
age 32
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seen Feb 22 at 8:44

I'm a graduate student in computer science at University of California, Berkeley. I also spent 5 years as a Software Development Engineer at Microsoft, 2 in a product group and 3 as a Research Developer for the Microsoft Research Operating Systems Group. I'm also an administrator on the English Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and run several websites including LiteratePrograms wiki.


Jun
10
awarded  Yearling
Feb
22
comment If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?
@his Fixed, thanks. :-) I'll leave the details to the linked article and these comments, but I shouldn't have said "even take."
Feb
22
revised If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?
Correction
Sep
17
accepted Why do certain lenses increase angle of view upon close focus?
Sep
17
asked Why do certain lenses increase angle of view upon close focus?
Aug
22
comment Why is maximum shutter speed fixed on Nikon DSLRs when using flash?
In my case the diffuser was not down (and believe it or not, I never even realised I had a flip down diffuser - I feel dumb now). I appreciate the info though.
Jun
10
awarded  Yearling
Feb
13
awarded  Notable Question
Jan
5
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
10
awarded  Popular Question
Aug
27
revised Do professionals use auto mode?
Brevity, focusing on responsing to original question
Aug
27
answered Do professionals use auto mode?
Aug
6
comment What am I losing when using extension tubes instead of a macro lens?
FYI sample image I got with my 105mm and reversed 50mm f/1.4D at flickr.com/photos/dcoetzee/7723417858
Aug
6
comment What am I losing when using extension tubes instead of a macro lens?
Great comparison, I never considered using a reversed lens with a macro lens before. Turns out there are 62mm to 52mm macro reversing rings to go between my Nikon 105mm macro and my Nikon 50mm f/1.4D, which fortunately has aperture and focusing rings. I can use my flash off-camera so I can pull off lighting at such a tiny focusing distance.
Aug
3
comment What are the best techniques for photographing overweight people?
Keep in mind that, as with all art, it really depends on what you're trying to convey. Different clients and purposes require different depictions of the same subject. Even if you have a generic goal of "make them look attractive," I would steer clear of advice on how to make a person look "thinner" in favor of the more difficult but more rewarding goal of making their natural shape more aesthetically appealing.
Jul
28
comment How to take care of a new lens?
Regarding whether to use a filter for protection, see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/17854/…. For tips on cleaning a lens, see photo.stackexchange.com/questions/21493/….
Jul
28
revised If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?
Clarify work for hire
Jul
28
comment If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?
That's an excellent question and I don't actually know the answer in general, but I can point you to a famous case in which the executors of Princess Diana sued the Franklin Mint in a California court for using her image - neither organization is based in California, but her executors registered as a successor-in-interest to her publicity rights in California after her death. However the court ended up applying the law of the UK. venable.com/files/Publication/…
Jul
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
27
revised If someone makes a picture of me, who owns the right to it?
Add Washington state