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Joe Farace Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

"He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it."--Douglas Adams

In the April 2006 issue of Shutterbug I recounted a story about methods used to rescue image files from a corrupted memory card. In response I received a couple of useful suggestions from readers: The first was from...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

"Yesterday I was a dog. Today I'm a dog. Tomorrow I'll probably still be a dog. Sigh! There's so little hope for advancement."--Snoopy (Charles M. Schulz)

On October 2, 1950, the first Peanuts comic strip appeared and introduced the world to "Good Ole Charlie Brown." Snoopy didn't appear until a few days later on October...

Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

Lots of people don't know that Pentax built the first Japanese-made Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. In 1952 the Asahi Optical Company of Japan created the Pentax (PENTAprism refleX) line of cameras and were the first to incorporate a penta-prism viewfinder and reflex mirror system into a camera they called the Asahiflex I. This camera featured a cloth curtain focal plane...

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Joe Farace Posted: Oct 01, 2006 0 comments

"All science is either physics or stamp collecting."--Ernest Rutherford

There's nothing a photographer likes better than ripping the shrink wrap off a new software tool, image-editing program, or plug-in. The expression on their face reminds me of kids opening brightly-colored boxes during the holidays. While these kind of toy-like tools allow us to...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

"You will not be able to plug in, turn on, and cop out."
--Gil Scott-Heron

Is the raw file format the solution or the problem? According to OpenRAW (www.openraw.org), "closed, proprietary, raw file formats present many immediate and future challenges for photographers." Some of their reasons...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

It seems obvious that being part of a group is better than going it alone against the Canon and Nikon digital SLR juggernaut. The K-mount group now joins the Four Thirds alliance in competition with The Big Two. Developed jointly with Pentax Imaging (www.pentaximaging.com), Samsung's GX-1S digital SLR features a...

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Joe Farace Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

"The still must tease with the promise of a story the viewer of it itches to be told."
--Cindy Sherman

Two quotes again this month: The first by Ansel Adams, the second by Cindy Sherman. There are six photographers in Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential artists and entertainers of the 20th century: Henri Cartier-Bresson, W. Eugene...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"I can't believe your song is gone so soon."
--Paul Simon

Many readers e-mailed about my participation in Great Race 2006 (www.greatrace.com), asking if the event was going to pass through their town, but our 1953 Packard Clipper was withdrawn from the event. Without sponsorship, the event became...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

"Only the mediocre are alwlays at their best."
--Jean Giraudoux

Two quotes this month: The first by Alan Kay was on my mind while replying to the editor of my book The Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography--I didn't choose that title. He asked: "If I want to emulate the look of color IR film is a plug-in or (digital)...

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Joe Farace Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

For some time now my favorite portrait lens has been Canon's EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, but now my new favorite is the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM. It replaces the EF 85mm f/1.2L USM and offers the widest aperture of any lens in Canon's EF family. All in all it provides a useful combination of focal length, depth-of-field control, and low-light performance. The superb optics...

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