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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PVC Lightbox

After my daughter destroyed my first lightbox which was cardboard and paper, I decided to build something a little sturdier. After looking at various designs using PVC pipe, I bought all the supplies and put together one of my own. To be safe I bought a couple extra 10′ pipes and didn’t end up using them so a few days later, I picked up the extra pieces I would need to build another one. On the second one I decided to add a couple elbow pieces at the bottom along with bars going front to back to see if it would add to the stability. I have yet to use it the second one since I just put it together tonight, so I am not sure which one I prefer yet. I included a couple pics of the boxes, and will put up a few pics taken with them soon.

Shows use of elbows and stabilizing bar from front to back

Shows use of elbows and stabilizing bar from front to back

First attempt at PVC Lightbox

First attempt at PVC Lightbox

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Local Snowmobile/ATV races



_MG_4032, originally uploaded by RMellady.

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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FlashZebra

FlashZebra

FlashZebra

Recently I had the pleasure of dealing with Lon from flashzebra.com As stated on their website, FlashZebra is a business focused on manual off-camera flash, both small hotshoe-type flash and studio flash. FlashZebra offers custom adapters and cords that most photographic merchants pass over due to lack of volume.
My need was pretty basic. I needed a hotshoe adapter, and based on the glowing reviews of other satisfied customers, I emailed them and had a response within the hour. Every email after that was answered almost immediately and was extremely helpful. My order arrived quickly and I would love the opportunity to deal with Lon again. I really enjoy finding merchants who understand customer service and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend FlashZebra to others.

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Focus shift

Up till now this site has been a place to write whatever I felt like writing whenever I felt like writing something, with the understanding that not many people would ever see it.  I have always had an interest in photography but it was never more than a hobby on the side. Lately, I have spent an increasing amount of time reading and learning from sites like Strobist.com and it has really sparked my interest to delve deeper into photography. So I have decided that, while I can obviously decide to stray from the subject occasionally, I would like to use this site as a way for those trying to learn as I am. I spend more time than I would like to admit researching and scouring the internet for the best resources, websites, and articles, and will try to post the best stuff of what I find elsewhere here for those who are interested. So take care, and hope to see you here again soon!

So if for some reason you haven’t been to Strobist.com yet (yeah right!), then go there now and check out the wealth of information available. especially the Lighting 101 stuff. David Hobby has done the photography community a great service by providing a resource like this to others to take advantage of. Be sure to join the Flickr group for strobist.com as well, as there is alot of useful info passed around in the discussion group.

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