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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
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I am a relatively new photographer, having been at if for only a few years. I chose Canon gear when I finally took the plunge into DSLR. I am an avid hobbyist now, and love everything about photography, from the gear, to the science, to the art. I spent years reading about the technology and photography theory, so I am very well versed in the technical aspects of photography. My artistic skills are moderate, but improving. You can see my work @ the following sites:

My interests lie primarily in nature photography:

  • Birds
    • Songbird Setups
    • Shore Birds & Waders
    • Raptors
    • All others
  • Astrophotography
    • Moon
    • Wide Field
    • Deep Sky
  • Landscapes
  • Wildlife
  • Floral Macro
  • Insect Macro
  • Abstract

I currently use the following gear:

  • Cameras
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi)
  • Lenses
    • EF 16-35 f/2.8 USM L Wide
    • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
    • EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
    • EF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM L Zoom
    • EF 600mm f/4 L IS II
    • Canon EF 1.4x TC III
    • Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300 DGX
    • Periodic Rentals:
      • EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II
      • EF 500mm f/4 L IS II
      • Canon EF 2x TC III
  • Filters
    • Lee Foundation Kit (x2) + Tandem Adapter
    • Lee .3/.6 ND
    • Lee .3/.6/.9 Soft Grad ND
    • Lee .3/.6/.9 Hard Grad ND
    • Lee CPL
  • Tripod
    • Gitzo Systematic GT3532LS 3S. Series 3 Tripod
    • Jobu Pro 2 Gimbal
    • Gitzo Mountaineer GT0541 4S. Series.0 Tripod
    • Gitzo GH1780QR Series.1 Mag. Center Ball Head

Oct
19
awarded  Announcer
Oct
18
comment SD Card formats but reads “Card is Full!” in Nikon
Just insert a new card without formatting. These cards are usually formatted right out of the box. See if that works. I have never formatted any of my memory cards even once, and I've never had any problems across multiple Canon and a Sony camera.
Oct
17
comment anyone knows how this guy edits his photos?
I think there is also some kind of soft contrast technique applied here as well, which is more than just curves.
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
13
comment Screw-in or square filters in the field?
It was definitely ProGlass...given that it slipped out of my holder a couple weeks ago and broke. :(
Sep
12
awarded  Popular Question
Sep
11
comment Screw-in or square filters in the field?
Try this: bhphotovideo.com/c/product/491474-REG/… The price seems to have jumped considerably. I bought mine years ago...it was definitely not that expensive.
Sep
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Sep
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comment What lens design limits derive from the width of the lens mount?
...when your flange distance is very short might help alleviate some of those concerns. However, even with (and maybe more-so with) a large exit pupil, the light for any given point on the sensor that comes from the opposite side of the lens will ultimately cause vignetting due to the pixel structure. It may not be a lot, but it will diminish sensitivity. A longer flange distance ultimately improves the collimation of light reaching the sensor, which alleviates those problems.
Sep
4
comment What lens design limits derive from the width of the lens mount?
I don't know that there is necessarily a limit, not within reason. So long as the light "cone" is in focus by the time it reaches the sensor, that is all that matters. You could narrow the cone at the last element...or you could enlarge it. Whatever is necessary to support the entrance pupil of the mount. Problems ultimately arise when the flange distance is very small. In mirrorless cameras, it actually becomes a challenge to bend light the right way to reach the periphery of the sensor, and at an angle that is conducive to the photodiodes actually receiving light. A larger exit pupil...
Aug
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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Good Answer
Aug
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comment How to share large number of photos for review by family, with comments saved with the pictures?
I don't think your going to find software or a web site that does exactly what you want. To my knowledge, there isn't web-based "get comments first" software that can archive a library of photos to disk. There are PLENTY of ways to share photos online for comment...however you'll likely have to handle the burning of the images, and their companion comments, to disk yourself.
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Jul
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comment What are the pros and cons of saving as DNG in camera and saving as proprietary RAW and convert in lightroom in post?
Hugo, there is no difference between converting to DNG during lightroom import, and shooting directly to DNG in camera. No difference, that is, other than the glaringly obvious. I am honestly not sure that you are asking anything unique here that isn't already covered by the other topic that mattdm linked. If you have a truly unique question, one that you do not already know the obvious answer to, please edit your question to ask it. Otherwise, I'll need to close this as a duplicate.
Jul
23
comment What, technically, is happening when one adjusts the 'Exposure' setting in a raw editor?
I am not sure we can get a good single answer to this question, and certainly not a technically accurate one for all major RAW editors (given that some use proprietary technology.) I know that RawThearapy tends to be fairly linear in many of it's adjustments, where as Lightroom is most decidedly non-linear (i.e. adjusting exposure shifts the middle range of tones more than it does the highlights and shadows.) This question may be difficult to answer adequately.
Jul
17
revised What is a “diffraction limit”?
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