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bio website chuqui.com
location California
age 56
visits member for 4 years
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awarded  Popular Question
Oct
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answered Why does my Canon 7D get blurry pictures with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS (series 1)?
Oct
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answered In Connecticut, do employees have rights to photographs of themselves?
Oct
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comment Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography
Depends on what your expectations are. If you just want to put up a web site and any sales are beer money, that's one option. If you want to have it be a significant income stream? Whole different beast. (I'd argue that "beer money" sales isn't professional, personally). But there are literally tens of thousands of people with cameras thinking like you are thinking right now. How do you stand out?
Oct
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answered Starting out professionally in landscape / nature photography
Sep
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answered How to enable Canon AF with teleconverter?
Sep
28
comment Is it normal for memory usage in Lightroom 3 to exceed 1.5GB, and what can I do about it?
When I upgraded to Lion, I found Lightroom no longer worked well enough for me in 4 gig, so I upgraded to 8 gig. Now that I'm running mountain lion, it seems to be a bit laggy at times (2010 Macbook Pro 2.4GHz), enough to annoy me at times. the primary slowdown seems to be convrting to and using DNG, so I've switched conversion to the end of my workflow and it's sped things up a lot. It doesn't seem to be memory, but CPU saturation.
Sep
26
answered Are there any open-source 'skinnable' photography galleries?
Sep
12
comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
looking back on this comment, I don't want to make it sound like I don't think a monopod or tripod is helpful. Both are in the right situations, and can increase sharpness on many shots. But I don't think they are required any more for a lot of situations.
Sep
12
comment What “start up” telephoto lenses do you recommend for Canon for wildlife photography?
updating: I'm not using flickr now, so those links broke. Here's the bear shot in its new home: photos.chuqui.com/…, and a nice shot from the Tamron @ 35mm: photos.chuqui.com/yosemite_chapel_20110516133223_chuq.html
Sep
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comment Which lenses are best for macro and for birdwatching (both Canon and Nikon)?
updating: I'm no longer using flickr, so that link broke. Here's that shot in its new location: photos.chuqui.com/pismo_misty_morning_20100718091552_chuq.html And I retired my 100-400 for a different setup. Here's some thoughts why: chuqui.com/2012/09/…
Sep
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comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
That's very close to what I started with and shot for the first 3-4 years of my bird photography. It'll work fine. (my first body was a Rebel XT).
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
disagree on needing a tripod unless you have scorching sun. This is one place where IS makes a huge difference, so if you're going to shoot very early or late, an IS lens is very handy. this image: photos.chuqui.com/201110301812064_chuq.jpg was shot after6PM in October. ISO 3200 on a 7D, 1/125 @ F5.6, handheld, with a 420mm lens. So you can do good and sharp in bad light handheld iwth practice and technique.
Sep
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awarded  equipment-recommendation
Sep
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comment Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
speaking of eagles, here's one I shot over the weekend with my setup (7d+300F4+1.4x). There's some cropping, and I think the worry about cropping is somewhat overrated these days. photos.chuqui.com/… -- also, don't forget if you have to crop heavily, you have an option of using a tool like "perfect resize" to upscale the image so it can be printed larger. Lots of options beyond "more glass" these days.
Sep
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answered Best easy-to-carry-around Canon (or ANY OTHER) camera plus lenses for bird /wildlife/landscape photography (hobby)?
Sep
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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comment What options are there for good, cheap online backup of photos?
the new amazon glacier service looks to be worth investigating, but at this point, I'm waiting to see what front end systems are built to take advantage of it. (expecting Jungledisk to have a good product at some point).
Aug
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answered What is the best auto-focus mode to use for bird photography?