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Updated Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

April 16, 2014

The new Google Terms of Service, effective April 14, 2014, states in part: “Some of our Services allow you to upload, submit, store, send or receive content. You retain ownership of any intellectual property rights that you hold in that content. In short, what belongs to you stays yours. [<–LOL, not really.. read on..] When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use,…

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Lens Comparison: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM vs. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

February 14, 2014

After spending most of the day indoors as a result of inclement weather, friend and photographer Thorpe Griner and I decided that we would spend our Sunday afternoon doing something useful: a lens comparison test. We had both bought large aperture 85mm lenses not all too long ago. Mine from Canon, and Thorpe’s from Sigma. So we decided to test them out with the initial intent to see which was sharper. About the Test Using a Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid, we…

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Globe Runner SEO Group Photo

November 22, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I took a group photo at Globe Runner SEO, a boutique search engine optimization company located in Lewisville, Texas. Technical settings: To light this image, I used two Canon 580EX II strobes both with silver umbrellas set to 1/8th power on either side of the couch at a distance of about 7 feet. The strobes were remotely triggered with dedicated PocketWizards from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM telephoto…

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Gift Cards, Rebates, and Endless Frustration: How Square, Inc. Saved the Day

November 20, 2013

A few weeks ago I purchased a few new photography lenses from Canon USA through B&H Photo Video using their online store. The lenses I purchased – the new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM & Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – were both (and at the time of this article, are currently) available with $300 mail-in rebates, each, for a total of $600. The Canon “Select EF Lenses Mail-In Rebate” reads, in-part: “Receive an American Express Reward…

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