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Almost there ...

Published December 4th, 2013

December 4 is Day number 338 of the 365 days in the year 2013. I have posted exactly 338 pictures so far this year.

Almost there!

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Temporary equipment change

Published August 23rd, 2013

I have sent my Canon 7D to Virginia for a cleaning. There are also a couple of small problems which I hope they'll address. In the mean time, I have rented the Canon EOS Rebel Sl1 (100D). This little (minuscule!) DSLR is quite amazing! It is tiny, quiet, responsive and it has a noticeably improved sensor over my 7D. And it focuses while recording a movie!

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Tokina Lenses

Published June 21st, 2013

The big pleasant surprise in this, my "365 project," is the quality of my two Tokina lenses.

Today's picture (pinned here) was with the surprising Tokina 35mm f/2.8D X Macro, which I picked up for a song from eBay. It is great at f/2.8; it provides a very natural angle of view for my APS-C Canon 7D; it gets all the way down to true 1:1 macro; and when I stop it down at 1:1. the depth of field is quite deep. This image is at f/9.

The other lens is the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX. The other shot pinned here, from the 14th, was with this lens at 11mm, f/7.1.

I try to post only pictures here that pass the pixel-peek test, and my Tokina lenses get high marks.

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A Popular Photo!

Published June 18th, 2013

Yesterday's Photo of the Day broke through to a "Popular" photo! I am so very happy to have finally gotten there.

I must admit that I was not at all sure about this photo at first. But last night when I was looking for a photo to post, this one caught my eye in a way that it did not on the day I took it. Hurray for that.

I strive to make more pictures like this.

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My pix are not registering as FRESH

Published April 25th, 2013

Two days in a row, I have submitted my EMPOD and they never appear on the "Fresh" list on Usually, I can watch my picture start near the beginning, and within a couple of minutes (sometimes less than a minute) it has left the second page.

I have sent a complaining email to the management, and I await their reply.

Not that I have had very many "Upcoming" pix (I have has exactly one out of the 116 days in 2013), but my picture certainly won't be upcoming if it does not appear in the normal channels (e.g., the "Fresh" page)!

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Mud and lenses don't mix.

Published April 19th, 2013

I tried to get some more pictures of the flood along the Fox River this afternoon (like the picture from yesterday, and the one for today). I brought my ND filter this time. So I set up the camera (Canon 7D) with my wonderful EF 50mm f/1.4 USM on my tripod. As I turned to get the ND filter from my bag, a gust of wind blew the tripod over and it landed, lens down, in the mud.

Moisture got into the lens (I see fog on the inside of the front element) and the focus sounds like sandpaper. Crap!

I'm pretty sure it will be easy to clean. I would clean it myself if the lens wasn't so new. We'll see what Canon, B&H and/or Amex can do for me on this.

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Is there something happening to 500px??

Published April 13th, 2013

Either my photos are starting to suck (a distinct possibility, I admit), or posting rate to 500px has increased substantially in recent weeks. -- I seem to be getting fewer views (and definitely lower votes).

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Photo bokk of January Impages

Published February 14th, 2013

I have created a photo book of my January EMPOD images at

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Slowing down ...

Published February 5th, 2013

I am fighting the flu, so this is putting a crimp in my style for a photo every day. I have several old photos queued up just for this sort of thing.

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January is over

Published February 1st, 2013

31 days, 31 pictures, I'm off to a good start.

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Why all the nature?

Published January 6th, 2013

I have no idea. I usually prefer to shoot portraits. And it is winter. Well, there are 360 days/photos left in the year, so I bet I'll be getting some portraits in here soon enough.

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Parameters for EM POD

Published January 2nd, 2013

EM = Elliott McCrory (that's me)

POD = Picture Of the Day

My intention is to post a new picture every day in 2013. However, I have a life outside of photography, so this might not always happen. So, here is my algorithm for posting:

1. Post a picture that is brand new every day

2. In lieu of that, post a picture every day that I took a long time ago.

3. In lieu of that, post a brand new picture every third day.

4. In lieu of that, post a picture every third day that I took a long time ago.

5. In lieu of that, ask whatever followers I have garnered to beg my forgiveness for being lax on the EMPOD.

All comments are welcome, but positive comments are particularly welcome!

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New years resolution

Published December 26th, 2012

I am toying with the idea of a New Years Resolution: to post a lot to 500px: Ideally, I'd like to do a photo a day; realistically I hope to be able to pull off one every three days (10 per month).

I am queuing up pix for the first week, starting next Tuesday.

Wish me luck.

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