Joe Farace

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2010 0 comments

“Inner space is so much more interesting, because outer space is so empty.”—Theodore Sturgeon

In a variation of that famous computer game “Where in the World is Joe Farace,” my dream of looking out the window and seeing saguaros instead of snow banks was recently shattered by events beyond my control. So where am I as you read this today? I’m hoping...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2010 1 comments

When it comes to lenses, the name Carl Zeiss is synonymous with optical perfection or as they say around the Hallmark store, “when you care enough to shoot the very best.” Zeiss continues to expand its line of interchangeable lenses for Canon, Nikon, and Pentax cameras to include two new wide-angle lenses, the Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 and Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8.

The...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

“Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens.”—Edward de Bono

Old news now, but when I started writing this month’s column I’d just purchased an Apple iPad, which may turn out to be a flop like the original Newton—don’t laugh, I had one of those, too—or a runaway success like the iPod. So far, the...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2010 0 comments

“The review in the paper said, ‘the aesthetic subtext of his work is the systematic exposure of artistic pretension.’ I thought I was just taking pictures.”—Elmore Leonard

My Flickr page (www.flickr.com/photos/joefarace) contains images I’m currently shooting, some of which are rounded...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2010 2 comments

“The computing field is always in need of new clichés.”—Alan Perlis

If you haven’t signed up to follow me on Twitter (www.twitter.com/joefarace) at least take a peek to see what you’re missing, such as behind-the-scenes photos of images being shot for Shutterbug reviews. I’m using...

Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2010 4 comments

“Happy trails to you, keep smilin’ until then.”—Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

A growing trend in the world of compact digicams is “rugged” cameras that are capable of taking a modest beating as well as splashing in the surf or playing in the snow. Many of these cameras are festooned in bright colors and lest you think that’s just a fashion statement...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2010 0 comments

“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.”—Charles Kuralt

The most important secret I can share with you about travel photography is that you should not buy a new camera or lens just before leaving for Kathmandu, Machu Picchu, or even Boise. The next most essential...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2010 2 comments

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”—Walt Disney

It’s a photokina year and you know what that means; all of the camera manufacturers will be holding off their newest SLRs for launch at the big show in Germany this fall. While Canon was not at PMA, they officially launched the EOS-1D Mark IV...

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Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2010 0 comments

“Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.”
—Walt Disney

When I was a kid I watched Disneyland being built on Walt Disney’s TV show of the same name and so Anaheim, the location of this year’s PMA (Photo Marketing Association) Show, has always held a special place in my heart. Yet during this trip, I never saw Sleeping...

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Joe Farace Posted: May 01, 2010 3 comments

The awkwardly named yet highly competent K-x is another entry-level D-SLR from Pentax (www.pentaximaging.com) that combines impressive for-the-money 12.4-megapixel resolution with copious amounts of style. The K-x is available in your choice of white or black as well as special, limited edition red and navy versions, all with a body price...

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