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World Sumo League in Chicago - Photo
So while I was running around downtown Chicago this Memorial Day weekend, I ran into 20 fat guys in diapers. Seriously. This is why I need to move to a big city, this type of photography opportunity will never happen in Iowa, and there are only so many pictures of a barn that the world needs. My apologies if you are eating lunch (but maybe this will encourage you to diet) More images available at my photograpy site ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 30, 2006 5:33 PM

Book Review : The Last Cato, by Matilde Aseni - Not a DaVinci Code Knockoff!
Here is another book for DaVinci code fans. I would categorize this book as a DaVinci Code knockoff, except that it was published two years BEFORE DaVinci was. The book was originally written in Spanish (as was Shadows of the Wind, another book I will be reviewing shortly), and published in 2001. No doubt the book's current popularity, and possibly its publishing in the United States can be attributed to DaVinci, but at least the author was original. Like DaVinci, The Last Cato revolves around a ......

Posted On Monday, May 29, 2006 12:00 PM

Book Review : The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury - A DaVinci Code Knockoff
The DaVinci Code has sparked a flurry of novels in its wake. Some of these are excellent. Some are horrible. Unfortunately Templar leans to the latter. The Last Templar has some redeeming features, but in the end, your time and money are probably best spent somewhere else. Templar is Raymond Khoury's first novel, and it shows. The novel is extremely cliche, and the dialogue is almost painful in some locations. The book is directly inspired (if not lifted) straight from Dan Brown's DaVinci Code, even ......

Posted On Monday, May 22, 2006 5:54 PM

Correction - There is a DSLR with LCD Preview, the Olympus 330
So I guess I was wrong in my previous post. There is a Digital SLR that will do a LCD Preview, the Olympus EVOLT E-330. This camera works in two modes. Mode A : The light hits a mirror, as in a normal SLR, but rather than being directed out the viewfinder, it is split (with a prism). Half of the light goes to the viewfinder, half of the light goes to a second CMOS sensor. Mode B : The mirror is locked up, and light passes directly through to the primary CMOS sensor. This mode gives higher quality ......

Posted On Thursday, May 11, 2006 6:20 AM

Should you buy a DSLR or a Point and Shoot.
I saw this post on Thomas Hawk's blog, pointing to a nice article comparing DSLR's to Point and Shoot Cameras at Digital Photography School. This article is a great primer for people thinking about making a jump to higher-end photography. A point the article makes that I cannot emphasize enough : Megapixels are not the most important factor in picture quality. Equally (if not more important) is the size of the sensor, and the size of the apeture. Both of these combine into how much light from the ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 12:47 PM

Oblivion Guide : How to become and play a vampire
NOTE : There have been some comments getting out of hand. I am deleting any rude or personally insulting comments in this thread. Keep it clean. So in reading my blog referrers, it seems becoming a vampire is a problem many people have, so I decided to write a little vampire guide. This guide contains some mild spoilers. be warned. Becoming a vampire is really easy. There are two major paths 1) Fight a vampire. 2) Recieve the “dark gift” There is not a way to make yourself a vampire via spells, a ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 9, 2006 7:38 AM

I sold my first photo!
So the title is somewhat misleading, I have sold many photos in the past, mainly to cast members of shows at the local theatre, and for very small change ($0.30 a pop or something). This time, I sold a reproduction license for one of my photos, so a theatre in canada could use it in their season brochure. They are going to print 30,000 copies of it, and give me a credit line in their brochure as well. The actual price is pretty irrelivant, and it doesnt even make a dent in paying off my photo equipment, ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 9:44 AM

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