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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

Oct
22
comment How can I take long exposures on Nikon D7000 with a wireless remote?
Before we close this, let's make sure it really is a duplicate. The OP linked the original question, and stated the solution there did not solve his problems. I would prefer to see us investigate the question, root out the real problem, and possibly retitle this to better depict the issue at hand. In the end, I think that is a better approach to simply closing as a duplicate, as it would provide better internet search results, and possibly head off additional questions about the same thing if people can find the right answers for different, yet similar (not duplicate), issues.
Oct
18
comment Why can't I use my 64 GB SD card in my Nikon D60?
Just insert a new card without formatting. These cards are usually formatted right out of the box. See if that works. I have never formatted any of my memory cards even once, and I've never had any problems across multiple Canon and a Sony camera.
Oct
17
comment anyone knows how this guy edits his photos?
I think there is also some kind of soft contrast technique applied here as well, which is more than just curves.
Sep
13
comment Screw-in or square filters in the field?
It was definitely ProGlass...given that it slipped out of my holder a couple weeks ago and broke. :(
Sep
11
comment Screw-in or square filters in the field?
Try this: bhphotovideo.com/c/product/491474-REG/… The price seems to have jumped considerably. I bought mine years ago...it was definitely not that expensive.
Sep
4
comment What lens design limits derive from the width of the lens mount?
...when your flange distance is very short might help alleviate some of those concerns. However, even with (and maybe more-so with) a large exit pupil, the light for any given point on the sensor that comes from the opposite side of the lens will ultimately cause vignetting due to the pixel structure. It may not be a lot, but it will diminish sensitivity. A longer flange distance ultimately improves the collimation of light reaching the sensor, which alleviates those problems.
Sep
4
comment What lens design limits derive from the width of the lens mount?
I don't know that there is necessarily a limit, not within reason. So long as the light "cone" is in focus by the time it reaches the sensor, that is all that matters. You could narrow the cone at the last element...or you could enlarge it. Whatever is necessary to support the entrance pupil of the mount. Problems ultimately arise when the flange distance is very small. In mirrorless cameras, it actually becomes a challenge to bend light the right way to reach the periphery of the sensor, and at an angle that is conducive to the photodiodes actually receiving light. A larger exit pupil...
Aug
19
comment How to share large number of photos for review by family, with comments saved with the pictures?
I don't think your going to find software or a web site that does exactly what you want. To my knowledge, there isn't web-based "get comments first" software that can archive a library of photos to disk. There are PLENTY of ways to share photos online for comment...however you'll likely have to handle the burning of the images, and their companion comments, to disk yourself.
Jul
31
comment What are the pros and cons of saving as DNG in camera and saving as proprietary RAW and convert in lightroom in post?
Hugo, there is no difference between converting to DNG during lightroom import, and shooting directly to DNG in camera. No difference, that is, other than the glaringly obvious. I am honestly not sure that you are asking anything unique here that isn't already covered by the other topic that mattdm linked. If you have a truly unique question, one that you do not already know the obvious answer to, please edit your question to ask it. Otherwise, I'll need to close this as a duplicate.
Jul
23
comment What, technically, is happening when one adjusts the 'Exposure' setting in a raw editor?
I am not sure we can get a good single answer to this question, and certainly not a technically accurate one for all major RAW editors (given that some use proprietary technology.) I know that RawThearapy tends to be fairly linear in many of it's adjustments, where as Lightroom is most decidedly non-linear (i.e. adjusting exposure shifts the middle range of tones more than it does the highlights and shadows.) This question may be difficult to answer adequately.
Jul
17
comment What was done to this photo to get a surreal tone of pastel-like purples and blues?
user28116: You should write your own answer, as I think you nailed it on the head. Magic was done in real life with light, not in post. You deserve and up-vote and an accepted answer. ;)
Jun
11
comment Applications of dynamic range trick
I am not sure that this question is a good fit for our forum. It's fishing for other people to come up with answers that they cannot already know and which cannot be researched. As such, it really isn't exactly a question, it's a work order. Is there any way you can turn this into an actual question that may have benefit for the photographic community at large over a long duration of time?
Jun
10
comment Why can't my camera autofocus in low light with a small aperture?
Don't make the mistake of assuming the performance of your NEX is indicative of all cameras and all brands. I use a Canon 5D III with the EF 600mm f/4 L II lens. I never missfocus, focusing in BLAZING fast, and it's DEAD ON every time. Canon's current 61pt PDAF sensors are top of the line, with very high precision and accuracy, with an extremely low miss rate. Mirror-slapping DSLRs are highly refined devices, and PDAF is not a handicapped mode of AF operation...when done right, it's simply the best way to do AF these days.
Jun
8
comment Why can't my camera autofocus in low light with a small aperture?
Contrast-only mode, which depends on some kind of live view (which may not be an option), may work better, if you have the kind of time required for contrast detection to actually work. CDAF takes time, it requires the camera to literally hunt back and forth for focus. That works great for still subjects...for moving ones, PDAF is the only real option.
Jun
1
comment Strange color difference between Rebel XS & 70D
Ah, sorry, I thought the XS was the 350D. Well, then there isn't as much of a gap in the fabrication technology. The 70D is definitely a modern fabrication compared to the 1000D, but I wouldn't expect there to be any significant difference in the response curve of the silicon.
May
31
comment How can I make successful abstract photographs?
I kind of agree with Michael, I'm not exactly seeing "abstract" in these photos. Maybe "not quite normal", but not "abstract".
May
31
comment Is the format for the distortion and chromatic aberration correction of µ4/3 lenses documented?
As for the downvote, I don't really care. I think it was unwarranted and unjustified, I don't think you actually read my answer within the context in which it was given (nor the timeframe, which was four years ago), but the only way to allow you to undo it would be to edit my answer...and there is really nothing to edit. I offered up the best information there was at the time, and I am not ashamed of that.
May
31
comment Is the format for the distortion and chromatic aberration correction of µ4/3 lenses documented?
@bronger: Your still missing the point. I linked THE BEST and THE ONLY information that was available, PERIOD, back when I created this answer. The links I offered are the only "documentation" that was available. If you actually read my post, I was well aware that the links I provided were only helpful for the OP to reverse-engineer a solution himself...BUT IT WAS ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE. At least I offered as much as was humanly possible at the time the question was asked, rather than simply not answering at all because I wasn't providing the right kind of "documentation"...
May
31
comment Strange color difference between Rebel XS & 70D
@MichaelClark: Are you sure? I thought it was released in 2005. Were talking the 350D, right?
May
30
comment Strange color difference between Rebel XS & 70D
Agreed. The reasons the 70D is more expensive have less to do with the physical characteristics of the sensor or firmware, and more to do with it's capabilities and modern age. You can normalize the results with RAW in post, that is easy enough. If you insist on OOC JPEG, then you can still tweak the styles a little bit with the XS to get a result more similar to the 70D. I also recommend trying both cameras with the Neutral picture style, which should reduce any differences as the point is to minimize what the camera does to the image.