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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 10 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
6
revised What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?
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Nov
6
comment What are best practices for using Lightroom libraries?
Barring significant objection, I'll merge this topic with the one noted by Chills and Sebastian in a couple hours, as they are duplicates of each other.
Nov
5
comment How can you show texture?
+1 Good point about local contrast. Thats not noted enough, but its a very powerful technique.
Nov
5
comment Why is my picture muddy looking?
Looking at that photo on an uncalibrated screen, it is a lot harder to see the differences. If you want to see the improvement offered by local contrast, I recommend saving both the original and the modified versions, opening them in a tool like photoshop, and using layers, align them on top of each other. Turning the top layer on and off will make the improvement very clear.
Nov
5
comment How does the Induro PHQ panhead Compare to the Manfrotto, Gitzo etc. Ballheads and Gimbals?
@BBischof: Aye, these questions are challenging. :) But we like a good challenge (or at least, I do.) I want to reiterate, the Induro head has a degree of fine precision adjustments that nothing else really has, in multiple planes of freedom. If you want that precision, there really isn't anything else like it. However, if you want fluid freedom and ease of use, A Wimberley or Custom Brackets gimbal head would be a better choice.
Nov
4
answered How does the Induro PHQ panhead Compare to the Manfrotto, Gitzo etc. Ballheads and Gimbals?
Nov
4
revised Why is my picture muddy looking?
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Nov
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revised Why is my picture muddy looking?
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Nov
3
comment What is exposure compensation?
Very well said. Exposure compensation is definitely the key way to control exposure. I try to avoid full manual mode unless I am using filtration or bulb mode, and use Av w/ EC most of the time. As you said, it is a great way to get quick, on-the-fly changes to metered exposure.
Nov
3
comment What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?
Once you run through a calibration, the i1 should generate an ICC/ICM color profile that it will install into the system. Color profiles include all settings, including white point, gamma, etc., and adjust your screen appropriately. If you have your screen set to oddball settings, such as a white point of 6850k and an oddball gamma of 1.73, the calibrator has to work harder to correct all the differences. If you leave the screen at defaults, which is usually 6500k and gamma 2.2 (or possibly 1.8 for older mac screens), your calibrator will only have to make minor adjustments.
Nov
3
comment What white point temperature should I set my LCD monitor to?
@jfklein: Actually, many screens do come with a white point (or often called 'color temperature') setting. You usually see that on cheaper screens, and it usually has preset valuesl ike 5000k, 6500k, 9300k. Some offer a range of temperatures from 2000k up through 10000k in 1000k increments, and some even offer direct control over red, green, and blue levels so you can completely customize it all. If you buy a hardware calibrator, like the i1 (which is actually pretty good), its best NOT to use onscreen settings. Leave them all at factory default. Let the calibration take care of it all.
Nov
3
revised How to maximise contrast range of distant landscapes with blue haze?
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Nov
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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
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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.