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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen 19 hours ago

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
5
revised Macbook & Aperture Editing Program
edited tags
Oct
5
comment Is a “Zone” Large Format Camera with gold plating legit?
Thanks for the link. Sounds like the Zone VI is one to avoid, based on the reviews. Sounds like the gold plating is real as well, however it seems to be very thin and flakes off easily.
Oct
5
asked Is a “Zone” Large Format Camera with gold plating legit?
Oct
4
comment Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?
Yeah, I don't think such a grid exists, at least none that compare all three products (there are some that compare different packages of the same product on the Adobe site.)
Oct
1
comment What GPS would you recommend for geo-tagging?
Does it have any Lightroom integration?
Sep
30
answered Why does my Lightroom/Photoshop preview change after loading?
Sep
30
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut in the Windows version of Adobe Lightroom for “Edit Keyword Metadata”?
Just out of curiosity, which version of Lightroom are you using? I've tried the same thing in LR3, and the Keyword editor never stays selected. :( I'd LOVE to be able to do this, but thought it wasn't possible.
Sep
30
comment Is there a camera bag with extra space that I use as an airplane carry-on?
I'm a bit curious if there are any camera backpacks that would fit an 18.4" laptop. I have a Sony VGN-AW190, which is a pretty large laptop with full 1080p screen. I use it for photography work when away from home, but it doesn't fit in any of the packs I've ever looked at. The biggest ones seem to stop at 17".
Sep
30
comment How do I choose a polarizer?
A quick note about CPL's...choose a good one, and if you can, examine it and test it out before purchasing. I've purchased CPL's that tend to add a variable color cast to my shots, depending on the angle and lighting. I've had landscape shots go from neutral to very blueish cast to very greenish cast as I rotate the polarizer. A good quality CPL shouldn't affect color balance much as you turn it.
Sep
30
comment Is there a D-SLR that can record video with continuous autofocus?
I think the new Sony's are a different kind of camera...rather than being a DSLR, they use a translucent mirror.
Sep
30
comment Is it possible to be color-blind and still be a good photographer?
Very nice answer. :)
Sep
30
answered What is the best techinque to smooth skin?
Sep
30
comment What are the cons of a 5D Mark II? How does it compare to other FF bodies from Canon?
Not a terrible question, although it does come off more as a discussion. If you are actually asking a real question, I'd rephrase it a bit. If you are looking for more of a discussion, let me know, and I'll convert to Community Wiki.
Sep
29
comment What are the consequences of stacking a circular polarizer on top of a UV filter?
Depending on the brand and model, some UV filters can block up to 8% of visible light. Many are cheap enough that they do not even adequately block UV, so carefully researching and buying a UV filter that only filters about 2% of visible light and 90% or more of UV light is important.
Sep
29
answered Is there a keyboard shortcut in the Windows version of Adobe Lightroom for “Edit Keyword Metadata”?
Sep
29
revised What special care do large telephoto lenses require?
added 489 characters in body
Sep
29
answered What special care do large telephoto lenses require?
Sep
29
comment Color Management and screen standby
I think John's got it. ICM increases resource usage, and it seems very logical that power-saving modes of a lap top would disable extraneous services when they are not needed. I don't think it is the DataColor software that is "kicking in", its more likely windows itself.
Sep
29
answered Fixed HQ lens with image crop or medium quality zoom lens?
Sep
29
answered Is it problematic to mount a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens on Rebel XSi (450D) body?