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Favorite Twitter Feeds

I was searching for some interesting Twitter feeds to mix things up a little and thought I would list some of my current favorites here for anyone looking to add to theirs.

My Feeds
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Engadget – Good source of tech news
MacRumors – Latest Apple related rumors
Leo Laporte – This Week in Tech host
Patrick Norton – Tekzilla host
Kevin Pereira – Attack of the Show host
Kevin Rose – Diggnation founder
Alex Albrecht – Diggnation co-host
Chris Pirillo – Lots of good tech news and info
Veronica Belmont – Tekzilla host
Chris Hardwick – G4 correspondent/nerdist.com
Digg 2000 – Stories that reach 2000 diggs
Sarah Lane – This Week in Fun host
Ubuntu Geek – Ubuntu news and tips
Jimmy Fallon – Comedian and host of the Late Show w/ Jimmy Fallon
Jim Norton – Comedian
Jim Gaffigan – Comedian
Chelsea Lately – Chelsea Lately host
TMZ – Hollywood news and info
Tiny Buddha – Inspirational quotes
Tony Robbins – Always inspirational with helpful info to better yourself
Rob Dyrdek – Skater and star of Fantasy Factory
John Mayer – Never had any of his cds but am entertained by his humor
CNN Breaking News – Latest CNN breaking news
Current News – CurrentTV
Alaska HDTV– Keeps me up to date on Alaska HDTV episodes and info
Conor Knighton– Host of Infomania

This isn’t a comprehensive list of the best Twitter feeds, but simply the ones I find enjoyable and useful. Feel free to suggest others you think might be interesting, useful, or funny.

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Toys aren’t just for kids

Randall figurine I decided to raid my daughter’s toys today looking for things I can shoot. I ran across a few figurines that I believe came out of happy meals, and I figured they would do in a pinch. I don’t remember the exact setup of this shot but I believe I had the figure sitting on white foam core with a flash behind it to camera left, and an LED light in front shining upwards. There also is a white sheet to the right which may have provided the slightest bit of light reflection. After I shot and went through the pics I had made so many changes that I lost track of how each individual shot was constructed. There is a little work afterwords, with contrast, saturation, and exposure.

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Do-It-Yourself PVC Background Stand

While looking around online I ran across a good set of plans for a PVC background stand that looks like it would be pretty easy to put together. There is more than one way to construct these if you look around online, but this looks like a fairly easy project and a great way for me to get a background stand of my own without having to spend a ton of money on it. I will pick up the supplies on Monday and hopefully have some pics up by the middle of the week. Check out the plans here.

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Help

I was messing around with my lightbox and just thought of making a message with toothpicks. I am not sure what gave me this idea or why I am posting it, other than the fact that I have nothing else at the moment. haha img_49222

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In need of a wide angle lens

Tokina 11-16 vs Tokina 12-24. You would think that once you get it narrowed down to two choices, the decision would become easier, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. I have read many very good reviews on the 12-24, and it seems to be a solid choice for an UWA lens with an f/4 aperture throughout. This would be a great choice if I wasn’t also interested in doing interior photography.
The Tokina 11-16 has basically no range but gives you a constant f/2.8 aperture which could prove useful shooting indoors. I don’t plan on shooting dimly lit concerts and I would be using multiple lights to adequately light interiors, so would the 2.8 be crucial or not? I would also like to be able to use the lens for landscape pics (obviously) and for shooting automobiles, which I think the 12-24 would be just fine for.
At the moment I am trying to judge based on people’s reviews whether one has a noticeable difference in sharpness or not. It seems that the 11-16 has a little more chromatic aberration, and although it’s possible, I don’t want to spend all day removing it from all my photos if it can be avoided.
Ugh…I think I need to go read some more reviews. If anyone has experience with these two lenses or just wants to throw their opinion my way please feel free. (Just for the record I am shooting with a Canon 40D (1.6x crop) and my current lenses are the 50mm f/1.8 II, 100mm macro, and the kits lens which is a 28-135mm.)

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Local Snowmobile/ATV races



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I didn’t realize there were snowmobile and ATV races today and just happened to drive by while they were going on. Brought the camera out and tried to get a few photos through the fence. This isn’t the sharpest but I like it anyway.

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Inspiration

Awhile back I ran across the website of a young pilot from California named Shaun Lunt, who was killed in a small plane crash while flying his Super Cub in Alaska.  His site contains some amazing photographs from his Alaska adventures and I find myself returning often to look at them when I need inspiration. His pictures not only  show you the great Alaska scenery, but also tell the story of a man who lived life to the the fullest and experienced more than many will in a lifetime. Check out his website at Due Up

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