BETA Shell is new to me, in fact so new I don’t own any yet. After poking around their website and watching a demo video I’m confident that I will. Photographers spend so much time picking the right lens and spend their hard earned cash purchasing one…then if you are like me you toss them in your camera bag. I try to take good care of my lenses and I’ve always wished for a bit more in the way of protecting them. Touted as “BOMB proof” and sold as water proof I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a BETA shell case. They seem like a great place to have your lenses when you are at an event like the Red bull Rampage or shooting near water.
You can take a look at the cases here.
If you are already a user I’d be interested in hearing your feedback.Details
I had blogged a couple weeks ago that I had started to use the 500px website and was a bit confused by it all. Andrey Tochilin of 500px followed up right away and posted a reply. I wanted to post his words and also provide a link that explains their magic that happens in the background.
Some good info on the behind the scenes here http://500px.com/blog/7759
When you upload a picture to 500px it appears in http://500px.com/fresh Lots users are looking at this stream. If your picture is really good, it will get lots of comments and votes even if nobody followed you before. As your picture getting higher rating, it might get to http://500px.com/upcoming andhttp://500px.com/popular streams where even more people will see it.
The 500px rating system is pretty complex. In simple words, when someone likes it, your rating is going up. Over time ratings are dropping by themselves to allow new photos get attention as well. Please not that it’s not only matter of likes. We usually don’t all discloses details, but you can find some more information about them at http://500px.com/blog/7759
Enjoy the site!
If you are like me you’ve had a friend who has a special gift, could be in sports, music, art, etc….but they either don’t seem to realize it or they just don’t have the motivation to take their gift to the next level. I can’t tell you how many talented players the Lakers have signed but never lived up to the expectations. We come away saying things like “man if I had that talent I would…” or “they have no idea what a gift they are wasting” So what does this have to do with Tokina? I feel like they are that friend of mine.
I’ve been carrying the flag for them for a number of years. Telling my photography friends that if they buy a wide angle lens it MUST be a Tokina. The response I usually get is a weird look and “Tokina ?” This continues my frustration…surely my friends have seen Tokina ads, social media postings, even commercials? Sadly no…
I’ve had a number of friends buy the Tokina wide angle based on the sample images I’ve shown them and my almost over the top sales pitch minus the “but wait there’s more part”….No infomercial gimmicks needed here. The lens stands on its own with the tank like build quality, amazing price and wonderful optics.
Sure Tokina has a website…and yes they do run ads in many photography magazines. But I don’t feel I know neither truly displays what this lens can do. Their dated web page for the 12-24 f/4 has two tiny sample images that don’t expand when you click on them. Yes they are on Facebook too… but the page rarely gets updated and again I feel it falls short of what it should be.
So Tokina….I’m calling you out. Hire me. Let’s let everyone see what you truly can do. Let’s show Canon and Nikon that your name belongs in lens conversations too.
I don’t want you to be that friend who has the gift but isn’t using it to their full potential.
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Being a long time Flickr user I’ve heard all the pros and cons. It seems in vogue lately to jump on the hate bandwagon with Flickr. Many are, according to their posts, jumping over to 500px. Before I go on about 500px let me say that I’m not leaving Flickr any time soon. Flickr has been great for me and getting the right eyes on my work and I love how it works with searches in Google.
I did recently sign up with 500px and began a slow maybe once a week process of adding photos. I will say up front that the site has a nice layout and the images are displayed with a clean non confusing interface. I guess my confusion comes with the step(s) beyond uploading images. I’ve seen a photo of mine get to page two of their “Popular” page. How did it happen? I’m unsure. At the time I didn’t have anyone “following” me on 500px or virtual friends on the page. But right after posting the image began receiving comments and ratings that I assume helped it climb the popular ladder. But almost as soon as it became famous…it reverted back to just another image on my page.
With flickr you can add an image to groups that contain images with similar images. Then the crazy flickr math takes over and if your image gets comments and favs it might be added to flickr explore. Explore being similar to 500px “popular” section.
500px also has a rating system. The confusion continues here. So one person rates my photo and it lives with a 27.0 rating until others rate it higher (Or I guess even lower)? I’d love the option (and maybe it’s there) to turn that off. Don’t think this is a sour grapes thing with me as I’m confident the image is a solid one.
Since I’m new to the 500px game I will continue to give it a chance. Hoping that it becomes clearer how images are viewed and move up the rankings. It will also be interesting if the images appear in google searches as well as the Flickr images do.
** A word of warning about the site………much like the rest of the internet nude images can and do appear. There is an option to block them.Details
It’s always nice to have your photos featured…..which gets eyeballs on your work…love how the site posts nice large images for viewing.
Thanks to the Totallycoolpix site for featuring my work.Details
I’ve slowly started buying more and more promo items with my logo on them. I currently use Lynn Promotions for my M5 stickers, T-Shirts and embroidered hats.
Always great service and they have tons of items in their catalog to choose from.
The LA Times has one of my Harley POV shots on their website….It’s actually my friend Mat on the bike.Details
Photographer Tristan Jud has been doing photographer interviews on his site called RAW. Somehow he found me out hiding on the internet and we did a Question and Answer that got posted to his site today.
Click the link below to find the answers to the questions you been dying to ask. Or just look at the photos I was able to share
Nothing like a gift out of no where…I feel both of these films being free is a gift to all of us. I was blown away by the action and equally impressed by the film making. Watch them both in full screen!
This is My Winter by Timeline Film
The second movie Baffin Island: A Skier’s Journey is a film by Jordan Manley photography.
I spent this past Sunday afternoon shooting mountain bike photos. We were in a couple of locations in our local hills…three riders, family friend/day Sherpa/voice activated light stand Kyle and I. After about four hours of shooting we wrapped things up and headed down the last trail back to our vehicles. The three riders had left Kyle and I way behind as they had the privilege of enjoying the trip down at speed while we walked. As we rounded the last corner of the trail I caught a glimpse of two sheriff cars parked sideways at the end of the trail head. Not too unusual at first glance as I remembered that people have had their cars broken into at this spot in the past….I told Kyle that was my guess as to why they were there and we walked on.
Once we arrived at the end of the trail and hit the sidewalk my path was interrupted by one of the deputies offering up the following question “were you the ones taking photographs up there?” In a time where photographers and police seem to be meeting more often (think post 9/11)…I was prepared to explain what we were up to. I had every intention of throwing Kyle under the bus and saying that he was the mastermind behind the days photo session.
Lucky for both of us the deputy was quick to let me know that two people had called 911 saying that they observed someone sending out a distress signal up in the hills. Since I’m a child of the 70s I could think of numerous T.V shows where people would use a mirror to signal for help….So I was having no problem understanding the situation. Kyle being a mere teen…probably was trying to remember if anyone had used their iPhone distress app during the days photo shoot (I assume there is such a thing).
Since we were using my Boling light kit, I let the officer know that it could have been us as there is a reflector around the flash head. The odd thing was that the calls came from 5+ miles away…so we were all scratching our collective heads trying to figure out if it was indeed us who was sending out the “distress” signal. We agreed to not know the answer and went on our way.
Sorry we didn’t spend time in the big house to make this story a bit more exciting. Hoping the images end up being the exciting part….I’ll be posting some of those once the client has a chance to review/approve etc.Details