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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Aug 07, 2009 1 comments

Above images where shot by Kerrick James using a Pentax K-7. The top image is without HDR, the middle using Standard HDR and the bottom with HDR set at Strong.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Apr 17, 2010 2 comments

The Frustration Continues, But So Does The Fun

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Mar 06, 2011 6 comments

Here’s a new accessory that definitely falls into that “Why didn’t I think of that?” category. Olympus’s MAL-1 Macro Arm Light is a pair of bright LEDs attached to the end of flexible, gooseneck arms. They connect via the camera’s accessory port/hot shoe, and are powered by the camera (no extra battery needed).

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Nov 19, 2008 0 comments

The year was 1975 and Minolta Corporation introduced the SR-T 201 as an upgrade to the popular SR-T 101. They hired me that same year. The SR-T line disappeared a short time later, but it was another 30 years before I was discontinued. I’ve witnessed quite a few changes in the photo industry—to say the least—and throughout it all my love for photography has never diminished. I love to talk about and write about photography, but more than that I love take pictures—and that’s what this blog is all about.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 31, 2009 0 comments

Can you take a shot like this? Of course—it’s not difficult.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jul 05, 2009 0 comments

Here’s another ‘what is it?’ for you. Fish gills? Cooling fins on a car radiator? No—as you probably guessed—it’s a mushroom. Not the kind you can eat—it’s the kind that plagues your lawn when the sun shines after a rain.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Mar 27, 2010 2 comments

The first brave flowers are appearing in northern New Jersey despite the recent sub-freezing temperatures. We also spotted one Red-bellied Woodpecker, two Blue Jays and a pair of Cardinals (a male and a female)—all within a span of five minutes. No doubt about it, spring is here.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 10, 2011 10 comments

Canon PowerShot S95

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

Summer's almost here, and we made our annual May jaunt to the Jersey Shore. The full name of the park we call Sandy Hook is "Gateway National Recreation Area." As far as we're concerned, it has everything anyone could ask for: several of the white sand beaches New Jersey is famous for, deserted military bunkers, miles of bike trails and a light house. Plus it's nearby and never seems overcrowded.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 17, 2010 0 comments

Pentax K-x

It could be that the good people at Pentax have gone batty. They put way too much stuff in the new Pentax K-x camera. It’s priced slightly above the most expensive compact cameras (in the sub-$600 range with a Pentax 18-55mm zoom lens) and is offered in three colors (red, white and blue) plus basic black.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Oct 17, 2010 1 comments

Surely you have a favorite zoo. When I lived near Chicago it was the Brookfield Zoo (although the Milwaukee Zoo was quite nice, too).

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Jan 02, 2009 0 comments

A couple years ago I bought a used Canon EOS D30 for an article I was doing for Shutterbug. To be sure it’s an EOS D30, not a more modern EOS 30D, and it’s “only” 3.1-megapixel—it produces images that are a modest 2160 x 1440 to be exact. I paid around $300 for it secondhand. It cost $3000 when it was new back in 2000.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: May 02, 2009 1 comments

A reader asks how to restore color in selected areas of an image that has been converted to monochrome. Photoshop users can follow these steps.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Nov 14, 2009 1 comments

Four Seasons

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Posted: Sep 10, 2010 1 comments

Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, and for many of us who enjoy four seasons, summer has ended. Oh, sure, she’ll linger for a little while like a damp firecracker that spurts one last courageous spark and then sits there threatening to pop—but she’s spent, and she’s truly unable to produce another bang. Soon she’ll simply whimper and limp away, gray and exhausted, same as last year. She has been worn out by too many rainbows and too many long, warm, peaceful nights full of stars and hopes and dreams. Summer doesn’t fade—she steps into the shadows to catch her breath.

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