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Story of a Sturdy Sigma at Mount Kailash
While scrambling down from the glacier at the base of Mount Kailash's North face, I had to make a jump between two boulders across the stream. Forgetting that I hadn't zipped my jacket pocket containing my Sigma 18-250mm, I lept with one hand securing my Nikon and the other outstretched for balance...

To my horror, my Sigma popped out of my pocket, bounced off a boulder, and landed in the water in a small bed of course gravel sand.

I took me a few seconds to retrieve the lens, and as soon as I picked it up, noticed water inside the lens. It was cold and the sun was going down, so I didn't have time to examine the full extent of the damage.

But an hour later when I reached camp, I tool out my lens and started drying it off (manually extending and retracting the zoom while wiping off the wetness until dry). There were still a few drops on the inner lens, but did as much as I could.

I then started examining the body of the lens, and couldn't find a single scratch! I had the hood on on reverse, and it seems it took the majority of the impact, but still only had a hardly noticeable mark.

I let the lens dry out for 2 days (not hard in that kind of altitude), plugged it onto my camera, and it worked same as it ever had!
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Story of a Sturdy Sigma at Mount Kailash
While scrambling down from the glacier at the base of Mount Kailash's North face, I had to make a jump between two boulders across the stream. Forgetting that I hadn't zipped my jacket pocket containing my Sigma 18-250mm, I lept with one hand securing my Nikon and the other outstretched for balance...

To my horror, my Sigma popped out of my pocket, bounced off a boulder, and landed in the water in a small bed of course gravel sand.

I took me a few seconds to retrieve the lens, and as soon as I picked it up, noticed water inside the lens. It was cold and the sun was going down, so I didn't have time to examine the full extent of the damage.

But an hour later when I reached camp, I tool out my lens and started drying it off (manually extending and retracting the zoom while wiping off the wetness until dry). There were still a few drops on the inner lens, but did as much as I could.

I then started examining the body of the lens, and couldn't find a single scratch! I had the hood on on reverse, and it seems it took the majority of the impact, but still only had a hardly noticeable mark.

I let the lens dry out for 2 days (not hard in that kind of altitude), plugged it onto my camera, and it worked same as it ever had!
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Sunflower and Yellow Warbler
I set out to capture sunflower shots in a field the next town over. Yellow Warblers were darting in and out of the flowers and across the field quite rapidly. They appeared to be on a feeding frenzy. Even with my lens at 350mm I had to venture quite far out into the field to get up close. Metering was 'spot' but again, fairly far from my standing position. The warbler pictured is a female.


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Monitor for LR use
Any opinions on the Benq BL2780t 27" monitor from B&H for $250 to be used with a spyder pro5 ?
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Story of a Sturdy Sigma
While scrambling down from the glacier at the base of Mount Kailash's North face, I had to make a jump between two boulders across the stream. Forgetting that I hadn't zipped my jacket pocket containing my Sigma 18-250mm, I lept with one hand securing my Nikon and the other outstretched for balance...

To my horror, my Sigma popped out of my pocket, bounced off a boulder, and landed in the water in a small bed of course gravel sand.

I took me a few seconds to retrieve the lens, and as soon as I picked it up, noticed water inside the lens. It was cold and the sun was going down, so I didn't have time to examine the full extent of the damage.

But an hour later when I reached camp, I tool out my lens and started drying it off (manually extending and retracting the zoom while wiping off the wetness until dry). There were still a few drops on the inner lens, but did as much as I could.

I then started examining the body of the lens, and couldn't find a single scratch! I had the hood on on reverse, and it seems it took the majority of the impact, but still only had a hardly noticeable mark.

I let the lens dry out for 2 days (not hard in that kind of altitude), plugged it onto my camera, and it worked same as it ever had!
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Unconventional
I often challenge conventional thinking. This was taken with on camera flash, TTL mode in my family room in front of the TV, which was off. Shot raw, converted to jpg in Capture One. I brightened it about one stop since I forgot the camera was set to -1 flash compensation and cropped out the edges. No further processing other than what the program does by default.

I don't see what is so objectionable with on camera flash. Sure there are ways to make it better but I think a lot of people would be perfectly happy with it.

What do you think?


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Photoshop CS6 Toolbar missing
The lefthand toolbar for my Photoshop CS6 has suddenly disappeared. Under "Windows" I have the "Tools" checked but it still does not appear. Has anyone had this problem and if so how did you correct it?

Thanks in advance.
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Rides at night in Montgomery County Fair, Githersburg-Maryland
I visited the Montgomery County Fair to shoot the rides with beautiful lights. I like to play with lights using the in camera techniques (mostly zoom-in, zoom-out).



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SHUTTERBUG is gone!
Damn. First they said they got bought by a UK group, now I just got word that my subscription is being moved to "Outdoor Photographer." June was the last issue.

I had the happy honor to write for them during the early days of digital photography and one of my "how-to" guides was a cover story that ended up very nicely for me.

What a loss. Where are new photographers going to go to learn things? Youtube?
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My first attempt at Macro photography
Boy, talk about focus being touchy ...........

Now to learn how to control depth of field so the whole object is in focus. A ring flash probably would help.

Taken with the Sigma 150mm 2.8 APO Macro EX DG HSM lems with a Sigma 1.4x EX teleconverter.
Hard drive mounting screw

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