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Jeff Burton

Jeff Burton

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Affection

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Jeff developed a passion for photography after purchasing a Yashica FX-103 SLR in the early 1980’s. Armed with his SLR and Tri-X Pan B/W film, Jeff fostered an appreciation and obsession with monochrome images. Today, Jeff uses a digital camera to capture images electronically rather than on black and white film and is enthralled with the unlimited possibilities afforded by today’s digital darkroom, which provides the perfect marriage of his professional career and his passion. Jeff shares his love of photography with others teaching Lightroom classes and photography seminars. With over thirty years of experience as a software engineer and system architect, Jeff distills digital image technology into easy to understand topics. When not making or processing images, Jeff can often be found viewing the heavens through his home-made telescope, reading a good techno-thriller novel, or working on his book binding techniques.
  • Canon EOS 1Ds
  • Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
  • Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L

Throwing Away Affection

Published September 21st, 2011

I am having coffee with a fellow photographer and we eventually get around to discussing 500px. I start explaining how I have been surprised at the reaction (or not) to the photos I have posted. You have probably experienced the same thing I have. That “killer” photo you absolutely love gets a so-so reaction and a couple of votes, while that “meh” photo of the cat gets all the looks and all the votes. Why that is would be an endless debate. However, I am still interested in how the public perceives my photos.

I look at the ratio of views to votes instead of the number of votes as an indication of how “compelling” the photo actually is. If a photo has ten views and seven votes, to me that is an interesting or compelling photo. Keep in mind that seven votes would get your photo into the Upcoming category. If the same photo has thirty views and seven votes, then (based on my loose theory), it is not an interesting or compelling photo. However, it would still get into the Upcoming catego ...

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Anticipation is killing me

Published September 2nd, 2011

I am watching the clock and I swear it is running backwards! My Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM lens arrives in a few hours and you would think I am awaiting the birth of a child. I finally pulled the trigger on purchasing this lens after a long run of renting and trying various lenses at the wide/ultra wide end of the scale including the 17-40, 16-35, and the 24-105. This lens is a beast but oh so sweet. Thank goodness, it is a long holiday weekend for my honeymoon with the new lens.

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