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CES
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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Jan 13, 2009 0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Show (affectionately known as “CES”) is an annual gala event where manufacturers show off the best gadgets in the world. Held in Las Vegas right on the heels of the New Year’s holidays, more than 100,000 people are said to have attended CES in 2009. I was one of them.

CFL
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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Apr 05, 2009 0 comments

If we’re to believe what it says on the energystar.gov website, breaking a Compact Fluorescent Light bulb is a scary proposition. CFLs contain mercury, the same stuff that’s in the fish we’re not supposed to eat. The gov’s FAQ suggests that if a mishap should occur, the first steps include ordering people and pets to vacate the area, airing out the room by opening a window for 15 minutes or longer, and shutting down the central forced-air heating system.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Feb 14, 2009 0 comments

Charge it

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Mar 05, 2009 0 comments

I’d forgotten how much fun Cokin Creative Filters can be. You remember Cokin—slotted plastic filter holder that attaches to many dissimilar lenses via inexpensive adapters, and square filters made of CR39 acrylic resin. The idea that is you can use the same set-up on just about every lens you own, even if they have different size filter threads. And because most of the filters are square, you can slide them up and down in the holder to adjust the effect. The few round filters can easily be rotated for the same reason.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Contrarian

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog 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 Dec 03, 2008 1 comments

A short time ago I was shooting with a Tamron 18-270mm zoom lens on a Canon EOS 40D and discovered something very surprising. When I reviewed the images of some leaves that were backlit against a bright sky I didn’t see any DPF. You know what DPF is, of course: Dreaded Purple Fringe. It usually inhabits the contrasty edges that separate highlight and shadow areas in some digital images. I’d upload an example, but I know you have plenty of your own.

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog Sep 17, 2009 2 comments

Filters for Fall Foliage

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Jon Sienkiewicz Blog 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 Jul 19, 2009 1 comments

I enjoy shooting food. I don't do it well enough for Bon Appetit to come knocking on my door with an assignment, but I do get hungry when I edit.