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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 5 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
8
answered Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?
Oct
8
comment How can I get the shutter actuation count for Canon EOS 500D/550D?
I know its not an accurate test, but it would give you a ballpark number. Regarding tethered use, I guess it makes sense that it wouldn't update the image counter. If you've used it tethered, its probably a bad idea to use the in-camera counter. I would guess that opening the shutter for cleaning also doesn't get counted in the image counter, so if you've done that, it would also throw off the count.
Oct
8
answered How can I get the shutter actuation count for Canon EOS 500D/550D?
Oct
8
comment What colour space to use when printing digital photos?
Please see this answer for more useful information on color profiles and printing: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2624/…
Oct
8
answered Replacing my XXD with a 7D?
Oct
8
answered How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
Oct
7
comment How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
Regarding the "average" activations, thats what the rated numbers are. If a camera has a shutter lifetime of 100,000 activations, that is the average expectancy for that particular kind of shutter, not the absolute maximum. This is based on accelerated high-volume tests, where thousands of shutters are continually activated for a fixed amount of time, and the failure rate is computed across the full set of shutters in the sample. If you have a shutter rated for 100,000 actuations, then you should expect to get about 100,000 actuations out of it under normal use.
Oct
7
comment How many actuations are “too many actuations”?
The Rebels are rated for 100,000 actuations, as are the 50D and 60D. I've had my Rebel XSi for just a little over a year, and have done well over 10,000 shots. That number would be ludicrous for any DSLR. I can see point and shoot cameras having lower actuation counts, but when it comes to DSLR types or maybe micro3/4, 100,000 is probably the lowest you should find these days. For reference, see the chart about 2/3rds of the way down on this page: the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/…
Oct
6
comment How do I choose a professional photographer for my wedding or newborn?
I have to agree with Mark and AJ, this is a valuable and viable topic for this site. Were about "photography", which encompasses more than just technical questions about shutter and aperture and white balance...more importantly, photography is about real-world practice, experiences, artistic form, photography business (i.e. weddings), etc.
Oct
6
comment I'm Buying a Camera for a Short Film, Need Suggestions
Done.
Oct
6
revised I'm Buying a Camera for a Short Film, Need Suggestions
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Oct
5
revised Macbook & Aperture Editing Program
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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.