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  • Monthly Archives April 2008

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    I get emails and comments from people who ask me for suggestions on everything from which lens to buy, to which restaurant to eat at when they come to the Tampa Bay area. So, for the past few months I’ve been putting together a “top 5” list of all this type of stuff—from my favorite Photoshop books, to great places to get an amazing steak, to five things you probably didn’t know about me, to…well, just a load of different stuff—all over the board, on all different kinds of stuff.

    I share the same recommendations I’d give to a friend, so you might actually find one or two parts to be helpful. I put links to as many things as I could, but as you’ll also see some things couldn’t have a link.

    Note: although it’s a “top five” list, they’re listed in no particular order.

    Also, if there’s a topic I missed, or a product/service/restaurant, etc. that you want to turn me on to….post it here…there’s nothing I love more than learning about cool new stuff.

    One last thing: it’s a long list, and if I posted it on my home page, it would take up the whole page and then some, so click the “More” link below to see the full list. Hope you enjoy it, and that it starts off your Monday with a smile.

    First, here's a shot of my brother Jeff taken in Dubai (click for larger version). I don't really have anything special to say about the processing (just Lightroom), or settings---I just love my brother, and wanted to share this photo of my lifelong best friend and mentor. Now, here's a quick look at what's happening as we head into the weekend: World Famous landscape photographer (and Photoshop World Instructor) Stephen Johnson, has two workshops coming up that sound really fascinating; the first is right around the corner, on May 3-5, 2008 as his "Landscapes of California" digital photography field workshop takes place in the beautiful Point Lobos, and Carmel, California area (here's the link). Then, he's taking the show on the road to Ireland's Spectacular West Coast for 10 days (June 20-30,2008) for a workshop co-sponsored by the Maine Media Workshops (Here's the link).…

    After my sunset shoot of the Burj Al Arab hotel using the wrong lens (posted earlier this week), I was determined to go back and shoot it the following night using the right lens--my brand new 14-24mm f/2.8 lens (The lens was a gift from my book publisher, Peachpit Press, who presented it to me, on stage, at the end of my "7-point system" class at Photoshop World as they announced that for the 4th straight year I was the world's #1 bestselling computer/technology book author). Since Jeff Revell and my brother Jeff had been stopped by the hotel's security during the previous evening's shoot, "The Jeffs" went to the hotel's head of security to ask for their permission for us to shoot the hotel at dusk using a tripod. The security chief was very cordial, but asked to see Jeff's camera, and once…

    As much as I love to travel, it's always great to get back home! :-) Before I get to the news; I big thanks to everyone in Dubai who made me, Jeff and Jeff feel so at home. What an amazing place! Now, onto the news: First, above is another shot from Dubai (Click for a larger view). I finally got a chance to look at some of my shots on my myriad of flights back to the states. As usual for this trip, it was taken with the wrong lens. ;-) Thanks to everyone who posted comments and shared your travel ideas yesterday, after my "wrong lens" post. Thanks to your comments, I'm adding one more lens to my Italy trip---my f/1.8 50mm prime lens. It so small and lightweight I can fit it in my pants pocket, and that way if I…

    Greetings, once again from the Frankfurt Airport----I'm between flights again, but now I'm on my way back home. This was an eye-opening trip for me in so many ways (which I kind of expected), but what I didn't expect was how it would change my mind about how I shoot going forward. In a post earlier this week, I made a joke how this was the trip where I always had the wrong lens at the wrong time, but it wasn't a joke---it was the one thing that marred an otherwise amazing experience. The shot above (taken moments ago by Jeff Revell ) shows the inside of the LowePro Backpack camera bag I took with me (It's an older model---I'm not even sure which one, but Jeff Revell had a newer LowePro backpack I like better). Here's a quick tour of the bag (From…

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