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David Hobby
Works at (the blog) Strobist.com
Attended The University of Florida
Lives in (near) Baltimore, MD
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Photographer/Blogger
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  • (the blog) Strobist.com
    Photographer/Blogger, 2006 - present
  • The Baltimore Sun
    Staff Photojournalist, 1999 - 2008
  • Patuxent Publishing Company
    Staff Photojournalist, 1988 - 1999
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(near) Baltimore, MD
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Eustis, Florida - Gainesville, FL - Mulberry, FL - Umatilla, FL
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Professional Flasher
Introduction
Welcome to my Google+ page. I'm David Hobby, a recovering 20+ year newspaper photojournalist (Baltimore Sun, Maryland, USA) and the publisher of Strobist, a blog dedicated to teaching photographers how to light.

On G+ I hope to share a steady diet of (mostly) photo-oriented stuff, and would love to hear your comments and shares, too.

Thanks for stopping by. If you get a moment, please give me a shout out in a comment and let me know where you are from!
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360 days a year spent in shorts.
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  • The University of Florida
    Go Gators, beat Florida State
  • Eustis high school
    1979 - 1982
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On/near the East Coast of the US in mid-August? Italian conceptual portrait photographer Sara Lando is coming to the US for a series of weekend seminars and workshops in Baltimore/DC and Atlanta. She is doing classes on both portraiture and use of mixed media photography.

I've been in her classes in Dubai earlier this year. She is very highly recommended.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/07/do-this-sara-lando-in-us-for-workshops.html
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+Brian Hurn Thanks! Trying to get back to my original birthweight of 8 lbs.
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LQ's Quest Couch naming names: Finally. Someone who truly gets that the Fong Sphere is not a soft light. It's basically a bare bulb. It's only a soft light in very specific circumstances.
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+Brian Hurn The cobbler's kids get no shoes...
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Who are you as a photographer, and how do you grow? 

For photographers (or any other creatives) looking to find themselves in the world, Ecosystems 101 is an all-new module on Strobist.com dedicated to exactly that life-long quest:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/05/ecosystems-101-intro.html
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Thanks or the kind words, all. Have been in transit last 24 hours and just coming up for air. Glad to see it hitting home with some folks.
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On Manufactured Opportunities

If I could travel back in time to the beginning of my career as a photographer and change one thing, it would be this:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/04/on-manufactured-opportunities.html
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Splendid
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LOVE THIS:

Turkish people using Google's public DNS addresses (8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4) to get to Twitter. And using graffiti to spread the word.
 
Turkish citizens are circumnavigating the country's ban on Twitter by painting alternative DNS addresses on the streets in graffiti:  http://on.mash.to/1gPrn8Z 
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that is right!
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As places for romantic evenings go, the jetty at 51st street in Jumeirah Beach in Dubai is not too shabby...
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C magnifique
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In January I restructured Strobist.com to create more space for some much-needed family time and to be able to work on two external projects. The first of those projects, The Traveling Photographer, has just dropped:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2014/06/on-traveling-with-your-camera.html
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nice view
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Beautiful work by my friend Wouter Klingma shooting this book on Dubai from the air. Lots of good practical BTS info in here, too. 

Looking forward to getting my copy.
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Amazing ... Dubai 
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SLR Magic HyperPrime 35mm f/0.95 Lens for Fuji X-Mount: Good glass, but what do you do if you get a bad copy?
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I really wanted to love this lens. Got it through Adorama after playing with a (better) copy of it in Hong Kong earlier this year.

The aperture ring is buttery smooth, just like both the aperture and focus rings were in the HK version I played with. But the focus is stiff and jerky, making the lens essentially unfocusable wide open. Which is why you buy a lens like this, to use wide open.

What a shame. And to make it worse, SLR Magic gets low marks on the confidence scale by not including any contact or warranty info of any kind either on, or in the packaging.

This is a $1400+ lens. That's a premium price. You can't be zero-included documentation at that price point.

Optically it is a pretty beautiful lens. I mean it is a compromise in physics just like any other super-fast lens. But the combination of letting one go with a stiff, jerky focus ring, and not giving any warranty or contact info on the package quickly erodes my trust in your company.

I ordered the lens through Adorama, the US distributor. So they have my back. If the manufacturer had included warranty info -- OR ANY INFO -- they would not have scared me into quickly returning this lens before the return window runs out. 

But as it stands, it feels like too big a risk not to.

#slrmagic   

UPDATE: SLR Magic got back to me and said the lens comes with a one-year warranty. Just no documentation for it. Or any documentation that relates to the manufacturer.

Realistically, anyone who gets a stiff copy will just send it back to the retailer, eating 2x shipping in the process, rather than keep a $1400 lens that needs to go back to HK right out of the box.

The lens itself (as in the glass) is actually very good, if very specialized. But $1400 for a normal lens is a ton of money and should ensure both more QC and better—documented—support.
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I'd like to see if you get another opt of the lens and if it was just a one off you had to mess with.

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Glitch in the matrix
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ahahhaah, wow
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From a fan. And absolutely NO returns.
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there are some idiots out there might as well be specific!
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Fuji had some early copies of the upcoming 10-24mm superwide zoom in Dubai. I've been playing for a couple of days and have pics and details in a Flickr set for anyone interested.

tl;dr: Small, sharp wide open, surprisingly rectilinear and the OIS is pretty crazy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidhobby/sets/72157642426530923/#
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Love this Photo
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