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Weekly Photo #36

Here’s photo 36, a close-up of some public art at Town Center, with an abstract pattern backdrop of the various buildings and windows. Taken with my iPhone.

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Weekly Photo #33

I hope you all had a great weekend. Here’s weekly photo #33…. A self- portrait of sorts. I was trail running, was admiring the view, and noticed my shadow. I was feeling one with nature at the moment, so this photo seemed appropriate. Taken with the iPhone.

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Weekly Photo #32

Good morning, let’s start out early this week…here is weekly photo #32. This was taken during a visit to Manteo, NC on the Outer Banks. Taken with the iPhone. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?

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500px vs Zenfolio

Like many photographers, I’m always on the lookout for new photography sites for either displaying my photography or for learning more about the craft. Although it’s not exactly a new site, 500px is new for me. I recently signed up for an account at http://www.500px.com, which is a site that displays some pretty awesome photography. In fact, if you purchase the upgraded account for 500px, you are considered “Awesome”, with the word displayed on your gravatar. When one signs up, they are automatically “Awesome” for a 14 day trial period. So, I am currently in this state of Awesomeness and checking out the site community. I already have a Zenfolio account, which beautifully displays my portfolio, however the user community doesn’t seem as active as the 500px community. Mere moments after nervously uploading my first batch of photos to the 500px site, I started receiving votes and favorable comments (although constructive criticism is welcome also). Zenfolio has its benefits, however I’ve never received comments from other photographers and this is my second year using them. On the other hand, 500px seems to be meant for critiques, commentary, voting, learning, and the whole social aspect of photography. I also like that there’s an easy way to share or Pin each photo. I will provide an update in the future about how 500px plays out for me, however, my initial feedback is that it’s, well, awesome! Check it out here…

If any photographers out there with experience with 500px and/or Zenfolio care to share their opinions of either site, please do!

Mini Review of the Think Tank Retrospective 5 Camera Bag

The reason that this is a “mini” review is that I’ve already reviewed its big brother, the Retrospective 10, here.
After traveling with the 10 version, I decided to trade it in for the smaller 5. This trade-in worked well for me. I found the Retrospective 5 to have all of the good features of the 10 (sturdiness, ruggedness, not being a prime target for thieves), while being more compact and easy to travel with. After an 11 day trip to Barcelona (sometimes dubbed the pickpocket capital of the world) and staying right on Las Ramblas (pick pocketing central), I was able to safely transport this bag comfortably with no attention from thieves. The Pinestone color camera bag just looked like a messenger bag, which I carried across my shoulder. In the evenings, this also doubled as a large purse, carrying my iPhone and travel essentials. The shoulder strap was comfortable and I had no issues carrying this for long walks, hikes, and Metro rides. I even hiked up a steep trail in the Pyranees with it on.

This bag would only be useful for you, though, if you were traveling with minimum photographic equipment. I carried my Canon 5D Mkii with one lens on it, with a few small accessories (memory cards, USB cable, battery charger, and lens brush). If you need something to transport more than 2 lenses, I would go with big bro Retrospective 10.

Weekly Photo #22

Well, I caught up on some sleep and am getting back into my routine. As promised, here is Weekly Photo #22, also taken in Barcelona. This is a dusk shot of the Port Vell area, after the lights came on and the evening crowds started developing for a night of entertainment. Taken with my iPhone.

Once I sort through all of my Canon 5D photos, I’ll be posting some of those too. Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo #15

Here’s my weekly photo #15, another one I managed to get out the car window with my iPhone. It was a lovely foggy morning, and as I was crossing over a bridge, I liked how the row of round shrubs was set against the fog. Photo was cropped to look like a panorama and “awesomized” in the Camera Awesome phone app.

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