My best 10+3 pictures of 2008

For the second year Jim is running this blog project inviting us to share the best pictures we took during last year.

Here was my submission for last year’s project and here are 13 pictures I took during 2008 I’m particularly proud of.

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James Nachtwey’s story breaks today

James Nachtwey has been documenting for the past 2 years a major and shocking story and he will be revealing his testimony today October 3rd 2008.

Nachtwey is probably the most famous war photographer of our times, his pictures are strong and capturing. What’s the new story about I have no idea but I can assure you it will be big and worthwhile.

Keep an eye on it, it is just a few hours of going public

Internet Acronyms for Photographers

Internet acronyms are sometimes hard to figure out specially for non-geeks who do not spend 12 hours+ a day on internet.
Joseph Kurkjian took the time to build a list of the most frequently used internet acronyms in photography and started a thread about it at dpreview. Since I know this thread will be soon lost in the flow I thought it would be interesting to pass it. So here it is and feel free to add yours to the list

AA – anti aliasing
ACR – Adobe Converter RAW, the RAW converter included in PS
ADC – analog to digital converter
A/D – analog to digital converter
AF – auto focus
AFAIC – as far as I’m concerned
AFAIK – as far as I know
AKA – also known as
ARS – anal aperture
AS – aspheric, usually describing an AS ground lens
ASAP – as soon as possible
B&G – bride and groom
BG – background
Blocked – shadow information is clipped
Blown – data highlights are clipped
BS – bullsh!t
BTW – by the way
C – Canon
CB – color balance (AKA white balance)
CCD – charge coupled device
CF – custom function, Canon camaras
CF – compact flash
ch – channel, as in red, green, and blue channels
CMOS – complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor
CP – circular polarizer
cPOL – circular polarizer
CRT – cathode ray tube
CW – Chuck Westfall, Canon’s technical sounding board
Digicam – digital camera
DO – diffractive Optics
DOF – depth of field at the object plane
DOF – depth of focus at the image plane
DPP – Digital Photo Professional (Canon’s RAW converter program)
DR – dynamic range
DSLR – digital SLR
EC – exposure correction
EXIF – exchangeable image file format
EV – exposure value
FAIK – for all I know
FL – focal length
F-stop – a Stop
FOV – field of view
fps – frames per second
FWIW – for what it’s worth
GB – gigabyte
GND – graduated neutral density (e.g. GND filters)
HDR – high dynamic range
HSL – Hue, Saturation, and Lightness adjustments
IDIOT – somebody that makes lists (like this one)
IMHO – in my humble opinion
IMO – in my opinion
IOW – in other words
IS – image stabilization
ISO – the “International Organization for Standardization”
IQ – image quality
KISS – the “keep it simple, stupid” principle
LCD – liquid crystal display
LD – low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
LMAO – laughing my “you know what” off
LOL – laughing out loud
LR – Lightroom, Adobe’s RAW converter program
LV – Live view
MA – micro adjustment (e.g. on the 1DmkIII camera)
MB – megabyte
MF – medium format
MFD – minimum focusing distance
MFDB – medium format digital back
mk – mark
MLU – mirror lock-up
MP – mega pixel
MUA – make-up artist
N – Nikon
NDA – non-disclosure agreement
NSFW – not safe for work
NI – Neat Image (noise reduction program)
NIB – New in Box
ND – Neutral Density (e.g. ND filter)
NN – Noise Ninja (noise reduction program)
Noob – a Newbie (new to the forum and/or photography)
NP – national park
NR – noise removal
NW – noiseware
OBTW – oh by the way
Oly – Olympus
OMG – oh my God
OOF – out of focus
OP – the original poster of a thread
OT – off topic
OTT – over the top
P&S – point and shoot (e.g. P&S camera)
Pano – a panorama created by stitching individual picture frames
Pics – short for pictures
PITA – pain in the “you know what”
PLS – please
POL – polarizer (linear POL “may” be assumed)
POS – a piece of “you know what, try sh!t for starters”
POS – point of sale
POV – point of view
PP – post processing (performed after the initial rendering).
PR – public relations
PS – Photoshop (image editor program)
PS – power supply
PSP – Paint Shop Pro (image editor program)
PTGui – program for stitching individual picture frames into a panorama
RAW – a 16-bit format file, minimum of in-camera processing.
ROF – ring of fire (AF point selection choice)
ROOTB – right out of the box
ROOTC – right out of the camera
ROFLAMO – rolling on the floor and LMAO
RSP – Raw Shooter Premium (RAW converter program)
RTFM – read the “you know what” manual
SLD – super low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
SLD – super-luminescent diode
SLR – single lens reflex (usually applies to a film SLR camera)
Stop – a factor of two in illumination or light intensity
TB – terabyte
TC – teleconverter (usually 1.4X and 2X)
tele – telephoto lens (typical meaning)
ULD – ultra low dispersion, a type of glass used for a lens element
USM – unsharp masking
USM – ultra sonic motor
UWA – ultra wide angle (e.g. lens or perspective)
VR – Nikon’s equivalent of Canon’s “IS”
WA – wide angle (e.g. lens or perspective)
WAG – wild a$$ guess
WB – white balance
W/O – without
WTB – want to buy
WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get
YMMV – your mileage may vary
ZB – Zoombrowser, a canon program used for browsing

100% crop – a crop of the original JPEG file or RAW converted file, no resizing allowed.

EDIT: Comments addition
AV – Aperture Value settings
B&W – Black & White
CA – chromatic aberration
CPL – Circular Polarizer
DNG – Digital Negative – Adobe’s proposed raw format
EVF – electronic viewfinder
GAS – Gear Acquisition Syndrome
IMNSHO – In my not so humble opinion
IR – infra-red
L – Canon’s Luxury line of lenses
NDG – Neutral Density Graduated filter
SOOC- straight out of camera.
SWAG -scientific WAG
M – Manual settings
TTL – Through The Lens
TV – Time Value (shutter speed) settings

Got a stock photography question ?

I will soon have a guest post on ADIDAP regarding stock photography. In order to make most of this post I am trying to prepare a list of questions for my guest so he knows better what to focus on in the article.

This is a subject I know nothing about so if you have any questions about that matter that you would like to tackle drop it here.

10 places I would like to visit before I die…

Do you keep track of your dream ? Since I have been stuck with the never ending time/money relation, i.e. When you can afford it you don’t have time for it, when you have time you can’t spare the money. I have learned to note down the things that are really important for me so I don’t forget them.

One of the many lists I keep is a list of the places I would like to visit before I die, going over that list again I have noticed that the reason I would like to visit all these places is PHOTOGRAPHY.

So here is, in no specific order, the list of the 10 places I wish to visit someday
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