Photography

For Sale: 1Ds Mark II and 1D Mark II

The 1D Mark II and 1Ds Mark II have served me well, but they are now looking for a new home! I’m selling the bodies individually or as a package for an unbeatable price. If you or anyone you know is interested in picking up a high-speed and high-resolution camera combination, let me know!

I’m including extra batteries for both cameras, the AC adapters, DC couplers, and body caps. Both cameras are in great condition and will serve their next owner (maybe you!) very well.

  • 1D Mark II and 1Ds Mark II Combo: $4500
  • 1Ds Mark II (~24000 actuations): $3500
  • 1D Mark II: $1500

The 1D Mark II is an 8-megapixel camera that shoots at an awesome 8 frames per second. The 1Ds Mark II features a full-frame 16-megapixel sensor. Use the 1D Mark II to capture high-speed action and the 1Ds Mark II for portraits and landscapes.

I recently had a brand-new shutter installed on the 1D, so it’s ready for your 8 fps action!

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AllThingsD, Apple, Photography

Photographing the iPhone 3.0 Event

iPhone 3.0 event

I was at the iPhone 3.0 event today at Apple’s Town Hall this morning, covering the event with John Paczkowski for AllThingsD.com. I ran into a number of people that I know from both development and media circles, including Raven Zachary and Eric Savitz. The crowd was comprised of about 60% developers and 40% media.

When I shot the MacWorld Keynote this year for All Things Digital, I was missing a critical piece from my computer and photography kit, a BixNet battery to power my Cradlepoint EVDO/Wi-Fi router. Without the battery, I had to manually transfer images from the camera to the computer to SmugMug. At the time, I was pretty efficient, but I wish I could have removed those extra download and upload steps.

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COBA, Journal, Photography

Wireless Photography and Sensor Cleaning Recap

Richard takes a photo during the March 2009 COBA meeting

We had a great meeting at the March 2009 COBA meeting, held at new location at SmugMug headquarters. I gave a presentation on my mobile photography workflow, demonstrating how I use a Cradlepoint CTR-350, EVDO modem, and a Eye-Fi wireless card to immediately send my photos to my laptop and computer.

Using this setup is a great way to document an event like COBA. In the past, if I did not transfer, annotate, and upload the photos the night of the meeting, chances are, they would never get uploaded to SmugMug. Now, all I have to do after the meeting is right a quick post and caption the photos!

Following my presentation, J.C. Dill and Landon gave a good talk on their sensor cleaning saga. They’ve used many products, but have now settled on using products from Dust-Aid. I had an opportunity to clean my 1Ds Mark II sensor; there were several spots that were removed after using Dust-Aid. A few ones lingered, but they are on the edges and I don’t mind them as much.

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COBA, Photography

Wireless Digital Photography and Sensor Cleaning at March COBA Meeting

The March 2009 for the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at SmugMug headquarters in Mountain View from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Meeting Location

As a reminder for those who were not able to attend the February meeting, COBA is now convening at SmugMug offices near downtown Mountain View.

SmugMug
67 E. Evelyn Ave, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94041
http://tinyurl.com/apnhvz

Agenda

  • 19:00-19:30: Sign-in and mingling period
  • 19:30-20:30: Wireless Digital Photography
  • 20:45-21:30: Sensor Cleaning

Wireless Digital Photography at Events

What do you become when you combine your digital camera with an Eye-Fi wireless memory card, an EVDO modem and an EVDO/Wi-Fi router? You’ll transform into a walking, talking, snapping, wireless digital photographer! Come and see how this set up can be used during your future event photography jobs: weddings, parties, and conferences.

Information on this setup can be found at http://tinyurl.com/8gnlkg.

Sensor Cleaning

Most recent DSLRS have features to combat sensor dust. Despite their best efforts, these features sometimes don’t completely rid your sensor of dust, prompting you to go in manually to finish the job. JC Dill will be demonstrating several sensor cleaning products, including Dust Aid. If you have any products that you find useful, bring them to the meeting to share!

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Photography, Politics

Jared Polis – Freshman Congressman

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Jared Polis is featured on CNN today in an article on Freshman Congressman. When I was photographing the final week of his Congressional campaign, I asked him about the possibility of documenting his first 100 days of his Frosh year. The biggest stumbling block I saw was getting access to the real meat and potatoes of life on the Hill. For a single photographer, that would have posed a big problem, but if you’re CNN, I guess you can get the access you need!

Documenting Jared’s journey to the Capitol was an extremely rewarding experience. The trip came together very quickly at our friend Dave’s wedding a few weeks before the election. Sitting at our table, I asked the best man, “So, who’s documenting your election?” Jared responded that they’ve been so busy, they haven’t had anyone really doing it. I jumped at the opportunity to say that Rae and I should come up to Colorado to help out. Soon enough, I found myself in Colorado for a whirlwind week!

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Journal, Photography

An Ode to the Domke F-3XB

My trusty Domke F-3XB camera bag with the new 5D Mark II

Christmas brought the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II to my camera collection. I’m looking forward to exercising its 1080p video and high ISO capabilities. In addition, I’m pleased by its reduction in size of my current 1D-series cameras. For the past six years, I’ve been stuffing my cameras into a Domke F-3XB bag.

The F-3XB is made primarily from ballistic nylon (unlike the F-3X, which is made from cotton canvas) and can hold a surprising amount of gear. As you can see in the photos below, my F-3XB has seen much usage over the years. It’s not as worn as this guy’s F-3, but it’s getting there. The shoulder strap has started to fray so much so that I’ve taped it up with gaffer tape. There’s a hole at the bottom of the left side pocket; once again, gaffer tape came in to save the day.

The lack of padding in most Domke bags is what makes it able to hold so much gear. This is why many people have praised them as being excellent bags to work out of.

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I used to wonder why Eric’s bag always looked bigger than mine until I realized that he had the larger Domke F-4AF bag. A 1D body + attached lens fits in the F-3XB, but it’s tight. With the new 5D Mark II, there’s now plenty of room for the camera, an attached lens, and a couple of extra lenses. And, because the 5D is much lighter than the 1D, the bag feels much better on my shoulder. I still might pick up an F-4AF in the future once I can no longer patch up the F-3XB. I may also get the backpack strap, which will make the bag much more comfortable on a long day of shooting. Until then, the F-3XB remains my favorite Domke bag, and the one that I turn to most often when running out the door. For Domke lovers, there’s a new forum on Tiffen’s (the owners of Domke) website. Jim Domke even posts there from time to time!

It’s been awhile since we had a bag night at COBA. Perhaps it’s time to organize a session for the first meeting of 2009 in February.

F-6

Update December 30, 2008: Sean left a comment on my site to check out the F-6. I’m going to have to go to a camera shop to see this in person. From photos that I’ve seen on the web, the F-6 looks like a shorter, but longer version of the F-3 without the side pockets. I have a four-section padded insert from my Domke J-1 and it manages to fill up the main compartment of my F-3XB. In the photo to the right, the space that’s to the left and right of the insert in the F-6 is about the same amount of space in the F-3’s side pockets. It’s a nice looking bag, and can be purchased for under $80, unlike the F-3, F-4, and F-2, which are all over $100.

Like I said, I’m going to have to check these bags out at a camera store in the future. Maybe the best decision is to own all of the bags!

Update #2 December 30, 2008: I caved in. I found someone local selling a Domke F-2 in ballistic nylon for a price I couldn’t refuse. It’s smaller than my J-1 bag and wider than my F-3XB bag. In the end, having the side pockets pushed me to get the F-2B instead of the F-6.

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COBA, Photography

Bird Photography, Creating a Dance Calendar, and COBA Holiday Party

The Holiday Party and final meeting of 2008 for the Camera Owners of the Bay Area (COBA) user group will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008, in Cordura Hall 100 at Stanford University from 7:30-10:00 pm.

Bird Photography

Why photograph birds? Birds are beautiful creatures. They are also interesting. They lead fascinating lives. They exhibit exciting behaviors such as predatory, courtship, reproductive, nesting, and more. However, they don’t stay still for long and can be challenging to photograph.

Oliver Klink has tackled various aspects of bird photography over the last few years. His work has progressed from photographing birds for identification purpose, to capturing their challenging behaviors, to finally turning photographs into stunning wildlife art print. You will be dazzled by the story of the Black Crowned heron picking up ducklings, the hummingbirds hugging a backyard fountains, birds in flight at sunset, and many others.

Oliver Klink has a Masters in Physics engineering and an MBA in business. Klink also studied photography in college in his home country of Switzerland. He says, “Giving Nature the ability to speak through my camera is what inspires me.” Oliver travels to many countries to teach workshops and photograph animals in the wild. Oliver’s work has been exhibited at various US and international galleries. His most recent exhibit was at ModernBook Gallery in Palo Alto, California

Creating a Dance Calendar

Marty Sohl has been creating a calendar for the Lines Ballet company for many years. Currently the calendar is sold at all Barnes and Noble bookstores nationwide. This 45 minute presentation by Edward Casati, Marty’s husband/assistant will outline the process that Marty goes through for photographing the dance company, sorting and proposing the photos that can be used in the calendar, processing the photos and submitting them for publication.

  1. Introduction
  2. Presentation of Materials
  3. History with Lines Ballet company
  4. How Marty established her relationship with Barnes and Noble
  5. A calendar photo session explained.
  6. Sorting and selecting process.
  7. File output – Quality and specs.
  8. Questions and Answers

Holiday Party

It’s the end of the year and time for COBA’s annual Holiday Party! If you can, bring some snacks, food, drink and holiday photos to share with your fellow COBA members. The more the better!

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