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bio website jonrista.com
location Aurora, CO
age 35
visits member for 4 years, 4 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

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?
Sep
28
answered Lightroom vs. Elements vs. Photoshop: Side-by-side comparison?
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. :)