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Starting Nov. 27th 2014, Canon has rebates running though the 1st of the year on a lot of their lenses.  The rebates are mail-in, so you will have to pay full price, then fill out forms, and photocopies of receipts and do range (from $100-$200 off) depending on the lens you choose.  One of the better deals is getting 1st generation 24-70mm L series f/4 zoom lens.  It is already discounted due to the 24-70 II which is f/2.8 (better all purpose lens as now you can do low light) being out for a while now.  So the Gen 1’s original cost was $1800, and now is $1000, and the rebate is for $200.  So you can get a really awesome lens for $800 as a brand new item, never used, with the full 1 year warranty.

For the 24-70mm Gen 1 click here and don’t forget to download the rebate form (in the description of the lens).  

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The Art of Photography is a channel on youtube that highlights different aspects of photography on an episodic basis.  I recently stumbled on this via a video entitled, Darkroom Prints vs. Digital Prints.  I think the video was very insightful to those that may not know the differences in quality and feel between the two styles of printing.  Check it out here or watch it below.  Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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Glass Key Photo is a specialty “all things film/traditional” shop in Lower Height in San Francisco, California.  They are inside of 4×5 Gallery in case your trying to find it from the street.

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This is where I get most of my film (when I don’t get it for free) and where I send my alternative process students for materials.  If you have never been, check ’em out.  Don’t tell them I sent you though, cause they will mark up the prices . . . everybody hates me!

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Etsy sent me an email on how to do better email marketing.  No surprise, one of the best things to entice people to visit your site is good photographs.  In that email, the following photo was enclosed which I thought was fun, interesting, and worth sharing.

CoolPosterI always knew Abraham and I had a lot in common.

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I opened my inbox to find that the good folks at WordPress had made a cool graphic report on stats about my blog for 2013.  Awe, how sweet of them, right?  A brief summary is I got 8,500 unique visits this year, mostly American, British, and Canadian visitors that mostly read articles about Instagram, Featured Photographers Series, and Technical Posts.

If you want to check it out for yourself, it’s linked below.

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Click here to see the complete report.

Yes folks, not only is it a 14 mp camera, it has wi-fi/bluetooth to upload to social networks (mostly Instagram since the camera is a ripoff design of their logo).  As you would expect from a polaroid camera, your images can also be printed 2×3 inch images using zink technology (zero ink – zink – get it). This is done using embedded crystals in the paper that can be heated by the camera to produce the RGB color space and ultimately all of our wonderful food snaps and selfies.  I can’t wait to get my hands on one . . . I’m practicing on my iPhone until then.

Official Website:

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All images from:

Dom from did this awesome video interview at CES 2014:


Here is Polaroids concept video to get people excited.


I think it fails because its like it is trying to introduce a new Mac Pro, rather than a the cute little camera that they are trying to sell, what do you think?

Here is said video of the Mac Pro:



SNAP! Did I call it or what.  If you are not at work, or there are no people around to annoy, you should play both videos at the same time . . . it will make you laugh or at least smile.

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Something special for today . . . Glass Plate Negatives from deep in the Rayko Vault of Photo Love. Because these are shy, I can only tease them one by one, then if you treat them right, they might give themselves to you. These are the Fiona Apple of photography, not the Miley Cyrus of photography which I guess would be iPhone images.

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Click on the Image to see it lager.  Totally.

Speaking of Fiona Apple, wetplate images on glass, and children photos, anyone else think Fiona Apple and Sally Mann look like they could be related?



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