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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
22
comment What should I do to switch my gear from Sony to Canon?
Excellent answer. Double what BBischof said. Interesting fact about Sony sensors, never knew that myself. Kind of makes the question of Sony vs. Canon all the more important if they really do service 50% of the worlds sensors.
Sep
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
21
comment When shooting in mRAW or sRAW, how does the camera generate smaller files?
I'm not sure about lossless compression. That would probably be very brand and model specific, and likely not a feature that every camera model uses. Most RAW files are truly raw, untainted data from the sensor, without any compression of any kind.
Sep
21
comment Do super-super-lightweight tripods exist?
Aye, its pretty floppy. That was my concern about it, and the reason I went with the Gitzo stuff. Even the Gitzo one is a bit light, and just a couple days ago I was worried it would blow down a mountain I was photographing because of some strong winds. ;P
Sep
21
comment Any good tutorials for learning how to post-process images?
I would agree that this should be community wiki. All of the answers below offer some great information, but there really isn't any particular "correct" answer. I'm not really sure what will happen with the bounty if it is converted, though, so I figure its best to leave it for 5 days before doing anything about it.
Sep
20
answered Is there any way to stop down the aperture of a Canon PowerShot SD780 IS?
Sep
19
comment What software do I use to remove part of a photo and blend that space?
+1 for the trial idea. Content-aware fill is very effective at removing unwanted content. It is not perfect at generating content to fill in the space left behind, and uses a mixture of cloning, healing, and generative algorithms. If the content filled in is not perfect, it is usually a good enough base to manually add in any missing fine details.
Sep
19
comment Is Canon EF 17-200 f/4L USM a good enough lens for Canon 7d?
Rather confusing question. I think there is a Sigma 17-200, and a Canon 18-200, but not a Canon 17-200.
Sep
19
comment With all other things equal, in a DSLR, will a larger sensor produce a sharper image?
++ Excellent answer.
Sep
19
comment What are the pros and cons of lab prints versus using a printer?
Yeah, the PIXMA Pro9000 is a great printer too, and cheaper to run as it uses dye inks, rather than pigment (almost half the cost). I kind of got trapped by all the "pigment" hype, but after some recent research, it seems dye inks have great longevity, and tend to produce more vibrant results than pigments. Dye particles are also a lot smaller, so the tonal range with the Pro9000 should be better than the Pro9500. When it comes to fine art papers, I think the pigment is a more stable colorant, but on luster/semigloss or gloss papers, nothing beats dye.
Sep
19
accepted MacHood Cinema Display Hood in US?
Sep
19
comment Do electric ink/electronic paper “digital” picture frames exist?
Sadly, this is pretty much the correct answer. Hopefully it will change in the future...I would LOVE an epaper picture frame capable of 24bit color.
Sep
19
accepted Do electric ink/electronic paper “digital” picture frames exist?
Sep
19
comment Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
Accepted, since Vistek seems to have EVERYTHING, which is pretty nice. Even though I got the filters elsewhere.
Sep
19
accepted Where can I buy sets of Lee ND filters?
Sep
19
comment Why are photographic gels called “gels”?
@Reid: Ha! Thanks. :)
Sep
19
comment What are the most notable differences between Canon and Nikon lenses?
Couldn't agree more with Alan. Outside of using a loupe to examine perfectly calibrated prints under ideal lighting, the differences between gear and brands is minimal at best, and moot in the general sense. What mattes more is getting out and using the gear you have. ;)
Sep
19
comment What are the pros and cons of lab prints versus using a printer?
Generally speaking, professional quality printers "start" at 13x19", and go up from there. I have an iP4500 as a general purpose and backup photo printer. It cost about $130, and an equivalent today is probably less. It prints some great photos itself, and with a calibration device, it could probably print professional grade. It is a dye printer, so it actually has a really high DPI, and looks great. It only has the basic CMYK ink, thus has a smaller gamut, but most of the time that isn't a problem. I tend to print most of my 4x6"-8x10" stuff on it, leaving the larger formats to the 9500.
Sep
18
comment What are the pros and cons of lab prints versus using a printer?
Aye, I've started purchasing third-party papers. I actually should have pictured some. I am partial to Hahnemuhle, which is what the Canon Fine Art papers are anyway. The true stuff is about as expensive, but there are far more options directly from Hahnemuhle. I also like Museo DFA and Breathing Color, they have some nice fine art papers as well. I've never seen Red River, I'll have to look into them. I'm becoming a bit of a paper snob, but its amazing the variety of tone and texture available. This Spyder3Studio was definitely worth the $500...I'll be able to print on anything now.
Sep
18
comment Is Canon EF 17-200 f/4L USM a good enough lens for Canon 7d?
What kind of photography do you intend to use it for?