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BIRDS AS ART ON-LINE Bulletin #77 April 23, 2002

AN OFFER TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
GITZO CARBON FIBER TRIPOD INFO
TIM GREY'S DDQ
 

AN OFFER TO GOOD TO BE TRUE

 
My friend, Joe Mac Hudspeth (whom I affectionately call Jon Mac Wood Duck because he  has the world's best images of woodies) has been after me for years to have some digital prints made by his pal, Mitch Wolverton of Photo Images of Flowood, Mississippi.  I finally relented, and all that I can say is "Wow!"
 
Mitch made me a 20 X 30 inch digital print of the Roadrunner head featured in Bulletin 71.  Folks who saw the print at the Clearwater Photo Weekend were stunned.  The color and detail took your breath away.  To introduce the quality of Photo Images' work to BAA Bulletin subscribers in the US and Canada, Mitch has kindly offered to make a free 8 X 12 inch digital print for anyone who would like one. 
 
To receive a coupon for an absolutely free 8 X 12 digital print, simply e-mail baaphotoimaging@att.net with the words "Free Digital Print" in the subject box.  In the body of the e-mail, simply type your name and your US or Canadian mailing address. (Sorry-this offer is not open to foreign subscribers at this time.)
 
Now here are the amazing details:  Your original transparency will be scanned on a Scitex EverSmart Pro scanner, and printed digitally on the Lightjet 5900, the state of the art photodigital laser printer.  Your print and your original transparency will be sent to you at Photo Images' expense.  A Photo Images price list will be included with your print. 
 
At first, you will be amazed by Mitch's low prices.  When you read the fine print and find out that the scans are free, you will need to go back and re-read to make sure that you are seeing straight...   A single 16 2/3 by 20 inch print (that is the size of our exhibit prints) costs $58.00, and that price includes the scan!  A quality scan and an identical print made by Mitch's top competitor costs $150!  (For those of you who are not too good at math, that is a $92 difference!) Photo Images' low prices stretch across the board, and of course there are incremental quantity discounts for those who market their prints.
 
Do take advantage of this amazing offer now.
 
 
Photo copyright 2002  Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
 
Laughing Gulls copulating/early morning light. Fort DeSoto Park, FL
Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens, EOS 1v body, automatic focusing point selection.
Fuji Velvia pushed one stop.  Evaluative metering at zero. (No need to underexpose is soft light.)
 
TIM GREY'S DDQ
 
Tim Grey is George Lepp's in-house digital expert.  He maintains an on-line digital question and answer mailing list entitled DDQ--Daily Digital Questions.  Readers ask the questions, Tim answers them.  This man is so knowledgeable that he makes just about anyone feel like a DD--digital dummy! 
 
While many of the Q & As are way over my head, here is an excerpt that I found extremely informative:
 
Q-Because of the large volume of disks we were using in our office, I recently went to a new storage system to save space. I ordered heavy grade plastic archival pages that hold two disks per page and go in a three ring binder. This makes my archives easy to access and cuts space by at least 10 times.  Can you tell me if storing the CD-Rs this way has any negative effect vs.
storing them in the hard jewel cases? I still keep a stack of jewel cases around to transport CDs and to mail them to clients.

A-This is actually not something I would recommend, but if you are careful you can make it work. The reason I don't like this solution is that you will develop micro-scratches on the bottom of the disc. Over time, this will render the disc unreadable. You can buff out these scratches with the CD
cleaning tools available at retail, but this is still not an ideal solution.

You don't mention whether these pages have anything to protect the bottom of the discs. There are some similar pages for holding CDs that have a soft surface on the side that would contact the CD, helping to prevent scratches. Still, just the process of inserting and removing the disc will
result in at least some scratches, even if it is only at the sharp-edged opening that the CD slides into.

My preference would be to keep the discs in jewel cases to maximize their
protection. I understand that storage space is an issue, but you are
compromising the safety of the discs to some degree. If you are going to
continue using this system, be very careful, and monitor the discs so you
can create an additional copy when they start to get scratched.
 
If you are into digital photography, you surely should check out at least a few issues.  To subscribe to the list, send an e-mail to mailer@leppphoto.com with SUBSCRIBE DDQ in the subject box.
 
 
GITZO CARBON FIBER TRIPOD INFO
 
New subscribers may not know that I use and recommend only two tripods: the Gitzo Carbon Fiber 1325 (for 500mm lenses) and the Gitzo Carbon Fiber 1548 (for those 600mm monsters).  For folks whose longest lens is an intermediate telephoto, I still insist on the 1325 as the lowest leg sections on the 1348 and 1349 series tripods are just too darned thin.  
 
Many of you may have heard of a mail order web site where you can buy these and other Gitzo tripods for hundreds of dollars less than at Hunt's or B&H or Adorama.  This may be true, but many who purchase Gitzo tripods from this source wind up with the short end of the stick, so to speak...  Bogen Photo Corp of Ramsey, NJ imports Gitzo tripods and handles the warranty work.  If you purchase a foreign Gitzo, Bogen simply will not honor the warranty.  And I can tell you from experience that any repairs that you need to pay for may set you back more than the cost of a new tripod.   So play it smart, and purchase your Gitzo CF tripod from a reliable US source; it will last a lifetime. 
 
About a year ago I began disassembling all my Gitzo carbon fiber tripods, slobbering lithium grease on all the leg joints, and re-assembling them carefully.  (My understanding is that molybdenum grease is better, but I have never been able to find that type; I now have a lifetime supply of lithium grease...)  Every few months, I re-do the treatment.  So far, so good.  I have had no problems when using the tripods in and around salt water, and no problems with sand, grit, or dirt entering the leg locks and causing grief.  Before you try this, realize that Bogen does not recommend such treatment, nor do they recommend working in and around salt water (or even sand)...  As for the salt water, a guy or a gal has got to do what a guy or a gal has got to do...
 
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