Gear   2 comments

These days I am using a Canon EOS 50D SLR with two zoom lenses: a Canon EF 70-200mm USM L Series zoom, and a Canon EFS 15-85mm USM IS zoom.  I also use a Canon EF 1.4x extender when I need extra range out to 280mm.  The older photos that I post from time to time were taken with either a Canon EOS 10D, a Canon EOS Elan, or a Bronica GS-1.  With the latter film cameras all photos were taken with Fuji, Kodak or Ilford 50, 100, or 200 ISO film.  The slides or negatives were later scanned to disk by Pearson Imaging (

I use a Gitzo G2227 carbon fiber tripod and an Acratech Ultimate Ballhead — an engineering marvel that weighs less than a pound.  My camera is fitted with a quick-attach L-bracket from Really Right Stuff.  I really love the quick attach plate and bracket and I can’t imagine photographing without one!  I carry the tripod in a Kinesis tripod bag, and the camera and lenses in a Tamrac Velocity 9 shoulder sling bag (most of the time).  I have never found a camera bag that I can truly say that I like, but the Tamrac is pretty good.  Most photographers have a love/hate relationship with their camera bags.

Photo editing is done on an Apple Macbook Pro connected to an HP LP2275W monitor.  The monitor is calibrated using an Eye-One Display 2 unit and software. Imaging software includes Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust, Topaz Details, and Topaz Simplify.  Future additions will include Photomatix HDR software and Nik Silver Efex 2.

And this is why my wife sometimes calls my hobby a financial black hole . . .

Posted May 1, 2011 by ~ Bruce

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  1. I just left you an email on your Cisco photos. I am just a point and shooter on a Nikon Coolpix P510. Your gear description sounds technical to me, though I’m ready to step up to more sophisticated photography in search of better images . . . Thank you for the info though. I’m not sure what I should do!

    • Meg, I often carry a point-and-shoot camera around with me too. Are you using any software to enhance the Coolpix photos afterward? Every one of my photos gets at least a minimal adjustment in software (brightness, contrast, color saturation, etc.), and some — like the Cisco photos — are pretty heavily adjusted. If you have any specific questions feel free to email me at I’ll try to offer a few suggestions that might get you pointed in the right direction.


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