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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
visits member for 4 years, 3 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

Oct
14
answered Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
Oct
14
comment Decrypting Canon's Nomenclature Of Cameras
This is a partial duplicate of this question, where you should be able to find most of your answers: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/496/…
Oct
13
comment Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
Can you explain further what you mean "cannot hold the lens in every position"? What positions do you need it to be held in? Also, are you mounting the lens with a tripod ring to the tripod, or the camera to the tripod? Most of the time, you need to mount telephoto lenses directly, rather than the camera, to get proper mobility and stability. As for cost...$100 really isn't going to get you much of anything...thats not even enough for a half-way decent head, let alone a decent 'pod. :\
Oct
13
comment Where can I buy a camera off the internet?
Note that quite often, when buying off of Amazon, they are actually just fronting for Adorama or B&H anyway, so most of the time, your really just buying from those two. Excellent online stores, both!
Oct
13
comment Vibrant colors in pictures
What brand and model of camera?
Oct
13
comment Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
It is a ball head, so there is a knob that you can loosen, then you have full freedom. There is a nice vertical flip notch in case you want to change from horizontal to vertical with a lens that does not have a tripod ring. There is a simple quick-flip screw that you loosen (I just use my thumb to flip it up or down) to enable panning. It is a very nice head, with degree notches around the panning ring, and three bubble levels in the head itself for gravity leveling. It is also a quick-release head, but it is "safe", and prevents the camera from just falling out like some manfrotto heads.
Oct
12
answered Which tripod can handle a lens that weighs more than 2 pounds?
Oct
12
comment Reasons to use in camera special effects?
+1! Couldn't agree more.
Oct
12
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
@Reid: The first few releases of Google Chrome browser had a EULA that basically gave them perpetual, worldwide, royaltee free right to use ANY content you transfer with their browser at any time. It was a bit of a big fiasco back in the day, and a few lawyers got on board and basically forced Google to change the EULA. A quick search for "Google Chrome EULA" will bring up a bunch of blogs about it. They have also had numerous content misuse scandals, massive and permanent data loss without any kind of support for thousands of users, etc. etc. Every big company has their demons.
Oct
11
comment What are shutter actuations?
I think what Rowland meant was that shutter failures tend to occur around the time they are expected to, with failures happening earlier or later occurring less and less. Think of it similar to IQ: You have the average IQ, 100, occurring most frequently, plotted center-graph, with IQ's of 80 and 120 occurring less often, and IQ's of 75 or 135 even less often, and anything beyond that a tiny fraction of the time. A shutter rated for 100k should fail at 50k or 150k less often than 100k, and 25k or 175k even less often, hence...a bell curve distribution.
Oct
11
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
Another example is game companies. If you've never read the EULA for a PC game, read a few. Particularly from the BIGGEST and most well-known game company on earth: EA Games. They have some of the most sniveling, sneaky, underhanded, filthy lawyers on earth writing their agreements. Not only that, you usually can't read the EULA until you've purchased a game and started installing it, and yet they've also managed to weasel in that "no game returns" policy everywhere they are sold. Reputation and legal underhandedness seem to go hand in hand, hence my excessively suspicious nature.
Oct
11
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
@Reid: I agree, it doesn't sound right, but think about how many times reputable companies have tried to pull a fast one on us, or used crappy legal means to make money when their business tactics fail to meet changing markets. To pick some from the tech and entertainment industries: Microsoft, Google, Apple, RIAA, MPAA, etc. Legal documents can be a blessing and a curse, sometimes simultaneously, and I've learned the hard way to be massively suspicious of any legal document. Just compare BigPhotoHelp's policies with EzPrints: www3.bigphotohelp.com/policiesapt.htm
Oct
11
answered How to take great night shots?
Oct
11
comment How to take great night shots?
Ditto on what MMR and Reid said. More more more! Info is KING!
Oct
11
accepted Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
Oct
11
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
I think you've figured it out. I guess I misunderstood Part 2a at first, thinking it was referring to my own work. The term "Products" makes a lot more sense now. Thanks for the analysis! And a big "Whoop", "Holler" and "YAY!" for crappy legal speak. >.> Lawyers...meh.
Oct
11
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
LOL, I missed the sweatshop comment. :D +1
Oct
11
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
Thanks for the analysis. Between you and Reid, things make sense now. Given the confusion of their Terms of Use, and the fact that from a legal (rather than layman) standpoint, their terms are very vague and can likely be misinterpreted, I've decided to use another service: BigPhotoHelp (www3.bigphotohelp.com/index.htm). They seem to take any image of any size, and print in any size, on archival paper with pigment inks, for REALLY good prices. No funky legal business either, which pleases me greatly. ;) I ordered two 9.5"x31" panoramic prints on fine art w/ shipping from them for $18!
Oct
10
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
@Reid: That was my understanding, that EzPrints had a good reputation. In my experience, though, it is often those that have the best "rep" that also think they have a chance of pulling a fast one. I have become a hard-core reader of license and terms of use agreements these days, as you never know what someone may try to pull. :\
Oct
10
comment Does EzPrints.com Terms of Use try to grab my copyrights?
You've got it exactly. Given their definition of 'Product' in A, it makes B sound like a blatant copyright grab. Thanks for the link to ReedPhoto...I've been searching for local Denver print shots all day, and this one looks like a good one. (Most seem to be your run of the mill family photo print place, rather than a professional print shop.)