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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 34
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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

Sep
24
comment How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
I basically only edit out the stuff that shows up in print, the rest I leave alone. If I tried to fix everything, I'd spend weeks just cleaning up spots on all my images. :P Even 10-12 spots on 20 images, though, is up to 240 spots. Thats a lot, and I have to adjust the healing brush in LR to accommodate large and small ones. Even with only 10-12 per image, I still have a lot of cleaning to do.
Sep
24
comment How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
This sounds like the solution. I really don't like the idea of blowing anything into my camera body, as that is just as likely to bring more particulate in, perhaps more likely, than when switching lenses. I know that there is a series of filters in front of my sensor. What I am not sure about is how to get at the sensor. Would just using a cable release in BULB mode be enough?
Sep
24
accepted How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
Sep
24
comment How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
Well, healing 10-12 spots on every photo I keep after a shoot (which could be 20 or so) is a LOT of work. If it was only 1 or 2, that wouldn't be so bad, but there are quite a few. They don't show up much on the landscape, but in the sky, which tends to be lighter, they show up quite well. Its gotten to the point where it is rather annoying, and very time consuming.
Sep
24
comment How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
I'm curious about the same thing that Reid asked. Why is it that stopping down the aperture make spots on the sensor more visible, but not those on the lens?
Sep
24
comment Upgrade strategy for Canon EOS DSLRs
There are likely to be a variety of good answers to this question. It is a great question, but it may warrant being CW. I figure we can see what kind of answers are provided, and convert if necessary.
Sep
24
answered Upgrade strategy for Canon EOS DSLRs
Sep
24
comment How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
It definitely shows up at f/22, and the worst spots are barely visible at f/2.8. Does that mean its definitely on the sensor?
Sep
24
asked How can I avoid soft dull “spots” in my pictures?
Sep
24
comment When is black and white likely to enhance an image?
Thanks Hamish. :)
Sep
23
comment When is black and white likely to enhance an image?
This should really be CW, as I don't think there is an objective 'answer' here. Unless anyone objects, I'll convert it later today.
Sep
23
comment Measure screen brightness using Spyder3 software?
Well, you can fully "calibrate" your screen. If you want other capabilities, like luminance evenness measurements, brightness metering, etc., you need the new software. You bought the Spyder3 Pro, which is EXTREMELY cheap for a calibrator, and a pretty good deal. Given that the upgrade is $20, even after that, you still get a REALLY good deal on an excellent calibrator. To contrast, the screen calibration package from X-Rite costs about $1500.
Sep
22
comment Measure screen brightness using Spyder3 software?
Aye, thats how I got it myself. I just purchased the Sypder3Studio SR, and got the upgraded Sypder3Elite software for free.
Sep
22
comment Measure screen brightness using Spyder3 software?
It looks like the upgrade is actually only $19... I guess they dropped the price. For that price, I would totally get it. Its got a ton of features, nice graphing, multi-screen comparisons of statistics, etc.
Sep
22
answered Measure screen brightness using Spyder3 software?
Sep
22
comment How to apply color management to the Windows 7 mouse cursor?
HA! +1 for the giant cursor bit. :D Between you and Guffa, I bet the problem is that its rendered by hardware, rather than the OS. Thanks for the tip.
Sep
22
comment How to apply color management to the Windows 7 mouse cursor?
I guess I could also just download some cursors. I know there are plenty of free cursor sets on the net. Good idea!
Sep
22
comment How to apply color management to the Windows 7 mouse cursor?
I have the Apple Cinemadisplay 30". It only has three controls: Backlight +/- and Power. The Spyder3Elite software is very powerful, and it can automatically control many aspects of the screen hardware, including brightness and such. I guess color temp is just one of the things it can't control.
Sep
22
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Sep
22
asked How to apply color management to the Windows 7 mouse cursor?