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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 9 months
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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

Nov
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revised How to maximise contrast range of distant landscapes with blue haze?
added 9 characters in body
Nov
3
answered How to maximise contrast range of distant landscapes with blue haze?
Nov
3
answered What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?
Nov
2
comment Replacing my XXD with a 7D?
I wouldn't say the 1DIII "crushes" the 7D in terms of burst speed. The 1DIII is a 10fps body, while the 7D is an 8fps body. The 7D is also a sports/wildlife/birding body as it has stellar AF and a high burst rate. The 5DII is indeed crushed by both, as it is a 3fps body.
Nov
2
comment Why are wide-angle lenses so much more expensive?
+1 Fantastic answer! Love how thorough you were, and how easy it is to digest the information.
Nov
2
answered Why do cameras often produce digital images that benefit from levels adjustment?
Nov
2
awarded  Revival
Nov
2
answered Can I stop Lightroom from creating a TIFF file when exporting to Photoshop?
Nov
2
comment Over-saturated prints from Lighroom 3?
@Walt: I do make sure that the printer ICM is turned off. I actually have numerous saved printer setting profiles that I use that are all properly configured, and define my paper type, size, resolution, and ICM. I have double-checked that many times as well. It appears that Lightroom has a bug, and it is improperly applying my printer profiles when I print from it. No one seems to know what the problem is, so I just resort to printing from Photoshop, where I have more control anyway.
Nov
2
accepted Buying high-quality papers for use with large format fine art ink jet printers?
Nov
2
comment Buying high-quality papers for use with large format fine art ink jet printers?
Well, few local stores around me actually carry any decent papers. I finally just went with online stores, including Adorama, B&H, and Amazon. Thanks for the tip.
Nov
2
awarded  Guru
Nov
2
comment Why is my picture muddy looking?
I do agree, you should do what you can to get a great shot strait out of the camera, but sometimes that by definition means that you are doing things in-camera that MANDATE some post-process photo-correction work. As for photo-enhancement, that is a creative process, and should be left up to each artist. ;)
Nov
2
comment Why is my picture muddy looking?
@Itai: These days, photo-correction can be considered a common and essential step in digital photographic workflow if you follow the ETTR, or Expose to the Right, rule. Sure, you can take a photo that looks pretty darn good strait out of the camera, but thats not making the best use of your digital hardware. Following rules like ETTR, you can make better use of your sensors dynamic range, at the cost of having to "correct" it during post processing. Others use tools like X-Rite ColorChecker to snap a single color-correction shot, then select perfect white-balance in post-processing.
Nov
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answered Why is my picture muddy looking?
Nov
2
comment Why is my picture muddy looking?
I wouldn't say you "have" to produce perfect pictures strait out of the camera. I also wouldn't say that there is no such thing as either photo-correction or photo-enhancement. There are MANY schools of thought on such subjects, and many artistic styles that depend on creativity both in-camera and during post-processing. I feel that stating absolutes in regards to things that are more personal style than anything else can stifle creativity, rather than help enrich it. (Go take a look through the most popular photographic works at deviantart.com, and you'll see a huge variety of styles.)
Nov
2
comment Why is my picture muddy looking?
Hi Brig, and welcome. It would be very helpful if you could post a sample picture somewhere, such as flickr or imageshack or the like. Having a visual example of what you mean by "muddy" and "not high contrast" will allow more people to offer helpful insight. Thanks!
Nov
1
accepted Focus shift when stopping down on Zeiss Primes?
Nov
1
comment Do DSLRs play games with ISO when used with fast lenses?
@Matt: Regarding my own measurements, I meter my scenes a LOT before taking a photograph. I meter the brightest parts, the darkest parts, and a variety of middle-toned parts using spot metering before taking a picture. I usually take a few sample shots before making my final settings and snapping the photograph I intend to keep. Between differences in metered exposure settings for the brightest and darkest parts of a scene, differences in histograms for different parts of a scene, etc., in my estimates I get on average 8 stops (max 9 stops) of USABLE DR with the "Neutral" 450D tone curve.
Nov
1
comment Do DSLRs play games with ISO when used with fast lenses?
@Matt: "To eliminate bias and rounding errors, DxO Labs accurately measures ISO sensitivity and uses it as the basis for plotting all other characteristics" - The question is, exactly how? "Resolution varies from camera to camera, but ultimately images will be compared on similarly-sized screens or prints." - Similarly-sized screens/prints can be very subjective in their own right. Still not enough information that truly tells us exactly HOW DOX-Mark actually measures things, or how objective those measurements truly are...how safe from mechanical, digital, or interpretation bias they are.