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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...
30 Sep 2009
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...
7 Jan 2008
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...
2 Jan 2008
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...
1 Oct 2007
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...
13 Sep 2007
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...
23 Aug 2007
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...
22 Aug 2007
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...
8 Aug 2007
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...
26 Jul 2007
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...
25 Jul 2007
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...
24 Jul 2007
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...
13 Jun 2007
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...
13 Apr 2007
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