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  • Blog Post: A great book for a greater cause

    You probably know that I am into photography and I am a member of the Microsoft Photography Club. This year Photography Club Members from around the world spent five months assembling and publishing a world-class, fine art photo book. The time and talent that went into this project makes every copy of...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the new blogs!

    Several days ago I mentioned that I will be splitting my blogs so that I can focus directly on Microsoft related discussions here and photography on a different blog. This weekend I have finally started this effort and you can now find my new blog on photography at http://www.calevphoto.com . This blog...
  • Blog Post: Back to blogging

    OK, so one of my new year's resolutions has been to finally keep this blog going. I thought I would start with a quick status blog and explain what I have in store for the near future. As much as I would love to blog about the cool new feature I am working on, I am unable to give much light on this...
  • Blog Post: The dream macro list

    On a recent group photo shoot, a fellow photographer asked me to come up with my dream list for macro photography. I thought this was a fun endeavor, so I decided to put one together. First, keep in mind that this is a "dream list". You can take macro photos at a very high level with other gear, but...
  • Blog Post: A different perspective

    IMG_8958 Originally uploaded by kirispupis This photo was taken about a week ago near Petra, Jordan. We hired a guide to take us around and show us Little Petra, which is a smaller version of the gigantic Petra that was recently named one of the new seven wonders of the world. My two kids, ages 3 and...
  • Blog Post: So what are the microstock sites looking for?

    Yesterday I covered the different microstock sites and my opinions of them, and why not to use Shutterstock. :) Today I will briefly cover what the microstock sites are looking for to provide guidance for those wondering whether their photos will be accepted and sell. First, IStockPhoto probably has...
  • Blog Post: My experiences with microstock photography

    I thought I would write up my experiences with microstock photography so far, for those who are interested in getting into it. I first started with the microstocks around March of last year and I started with Shutterstock, then added Fotolia, and most recently I started submitting to IStockPhoto. Here...
  • Blog Post: Various things I have been up to

    Those of you who follow my blog have probably noticed I haven't had much up here OCS or Speech Server related lately. The primary reason for this is I just moved to the OCS core team and I am ramping up on the infrastructure and product over there. Lately I have been reading a lot of specs, which hasn...
  • Blog Post: My photography plan

    Yesterday I blogged about the plan that I have put together to help me reach the goals I have set for myself in life. Today I will discuss in more depth my photography plans. I’ve actually had a plan for my photography development for some time and I have made small and major changes at various times...
  • Blog Post: My life plan

    Recently I have formulated what I call a 'life plan' that basically specifies what I want to accomplish in my life and how I intend to get there. Currently there are four main areas that I intend to focus. 1) My work at Microsoft. Obviously I have career aspirations here and I need a plan to achieve...
  • Blog Post: A new lens!

    I will finally be adding a new lens to my 'collection'! After some strong bargaining I have finally convinced my 'boss' to let me get the Canon 16-35mm 2.8L II lens. I am very excited to get this lens because it will dramatically help my efforts to get into real estate photography. It also will help...
  • Blog Post: Tips for photographing fireworks

    Since it is getting to be that time of year again, I thought I would repost a short article I did for a private forum on photographing fireworks. While I have never taken professional fireworks photos myself, I grew up in the fireworks industry and my mother works for a fireworks company and does...
  • Blog Post: Look at me!

    IMG_6288 Originally uploaded by kirispupis . I thought I'd blog about a bit more unusual a picture today for a bit of a change in my blog. As those who know me already know, my favorite types of shots are extreme macro shots - generally bugs or reflections on dew drops. I have done a few shots of flowers...
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