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Xavier J. Peg / 14,664 items

N 238 B 18.5K C 23 E Jul 29, 2014 F Jul 29, 2014
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Strobist: AB1600 with 60X30 softbox camera right. AB800 with HOBD-W overhead. AB800 with 7 inch reflector camera left. Triggered by Cybersync.

Tags:   Peace? Religion War Destruction Smoke Portrait Strobist Explored!

N 21 B 2.5K C 14 E Jul 18, 2011 F Jul 18, 2011
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A mirror that I have been saving for the dressing room in Studio d'Xavier broke after I attached it to the wall. Seven years, they say. I hope not.

I finally hit 200 on my 365.

View Large and on Black

Tags:   Bench Monday Bad Luck Mirror Broken 365 365 Days 365:2011 July 18, 2011 200/365

N 83 B 8.7K C 15 E Jan 1, 2016 F Jan 1, 2016
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I was about to not do another 365 project this year until I heard from Angie. A couple of weeks before Christmas, Angie approached me wondering what camera to buy. Her camera arrived yesterday.

When Angie asked me which camera a couple of weeks ago, I had a series of questions for her.
1. What was her budget?
2. What did she want to do with the camera?
3. Was she opposed to buying used gear?

After weighing these factors, we decided to shop Adorama for a used Nikon D300 and a 50mm lens. We chose Nikon over Canon because she wanted me to teach her. I'm familiar with Nikon and the Nikon lingo. Also I have an abundance of Nikon lenses for her to try.

Back in 1980 when I bought my first SLR, there was an important difference between Nikon and Canon. Canon was at the forefront of electronics in cameras, while Nikon was the old fogey premier pro brand. That's because Nikon had the best glass. But the Canon AE1 would soon eclipse Nikon, and the race was on. Meanwhile Minolta tried to make the best of both worlds. My first SLR was a Minolta X700, but I soon gravitated to Nikon for the glass and the abundance of great used gear in Japan. I've never wavered from Nikon since I can still use all my old manual focus lenses on my DSLRs.

We chose the D300 because of it's proven reliability, ease of use, toughness, adequate ISO range, and a good used one fit in Angie's budget. It has the autofocus motor in the body, and it can use any lens Nikon has manufactured since 1977.

We chose the venerable 50mm ƒ/1.8 lens because it is the perfect lens to learn photography with. It forces you to zoom with your feet, to seek out the best vantage point. It's as sharp as any lens Nikon has ever produced. It's fast enough to shoot in low light without flash. It can render a background into beautiful bokeh. And the price cannot be beat. It's the recommended lens for photography students everywhere.

So, Angie wants me to teach her. Here's the deal for Angie.
1. Join flickr. Upload photos. Have fun. Don't taker it to seriously.
2. Start a 365 project. Join a 365 group. Take at least one photo a day that she considers to be acceptable and put it out there.
3. Join We're Here! and participate.

In return, I'll teach. We'll try to get together for something new at least every week. And we'll see where this goes.......

Unfortunately I wasn't able to FUTAB with the Herrios today. My workday started at 6AM and I worked until 4PM saving lives and making money. Once I clocked out I was working with Angie thoroughly screwing up her new camera so she could solve it like a Rubik's cube.

Thank you all for your encouraging words.

Tags:   Photographer and Student Portrait 365 January 1, 2016 1/365

N 84 B 5.3K C 7 E Jan 1, 1889 F Mar 21, 2017
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Great Great Uncle Phineas J. Peg and the crew of Marie Laveau's Revenge were the scourge of the Mississippi River between Vicksburg and New Orleans for over a decade. Phineas was reputed to be a smuggler of raw sugar cane, fresh medical cadavers and Pomeranian accessory canines.

After losing a leg to a cannon blast on Lake Pontchartrain, Phineas stole a table leg from a Gonzales Tavern to fashion into a peg leg. He coated the new appendage with carpet nails and fish hooks. He was known to remove the leg and brandish it at approaching vessels on the water.

New Orleans court records show that Phineas J. Peg was sentenced to death by hanging along with the rest of the Marie Laveau's Revenge crew in 1891. The official charge was piracy. Escape was unlikely, but strangely there are no records of the actual hanging, and a marriage certificate circa 1893 from San Antonio Texas shows a Phineas J Peg and a Maggie Ruth Goldhirsch tying the knot.

Tags:   Phineas J Peg Marie Laveau's Revenge Smuggling Piracy Great Great Uncle 365 March 21, 2017 80/365 Hanging Escape Survival

N 72 B 2.7K C 9 E Oct 7, 2016 F Oct 7, 2016
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We're Here! : Hopperesque

Tags:   We're Here! Hopperesque Edward Hopper 5:15 PM Golden Light 365 October 7, 2016 281/366


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