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Robert Hawara
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Bank Street Mazda
2575 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1T 1M8
My wife and I each bought cars and we received confirmation that I could pick them up independently. Unfortunately for me, that wasn't the case. While my wife went to Toronto, I went and picked up my car. After an 45 minutes of waiting around (everyone knew I was there), I finally went into Moe's office only to be told 10 minutes later that both had to be picked up at the same time.

I waited another 10 minutes and had to complain twice in order to get someone to drive me home. In fact, I had to stand in front of the manager's office to get their attention.

They were too busy selling cars, I guess once you've purchased it, they don't really care about you anymore. This is the last time I or anyone in my family ever buy anything there, which is unfortunate for them since this would have been 8 cars so far in 14 years.

Sending similar note to Mazda Canada and if I can find the owners contact information, him/her to. What a disgrace, what ever happened to good customer service pre AND post purchase?

Rob
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I had a tough time finding the moire brush in CS6/ACR7 earlier this week. I was relieved to finally find it, and given the lack of information out there on it (at least, I can't find any), I wrote a little blog entry for those who may be looking for it as well. The sum of the story is that if you're trying to use it on files that you've already edited (in ACR6 for example), it's hidden! Have a look to see how to enable it, my little write up might save you some grey hairs :-)

http://www.cuibono.ca/blog/moire/default.shtml
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Took the weekend off from doing any type of photography work. It felt nice being away from the computer and the viewfinder.

Jumping back in though this week and having a bit of fun with selective coloring and saturation. The picture is from the film set in Montreal I was shooting on a few weeks ago.

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I spent a nice weekend in Montreal taking behind the scene photographs of Aiman Beretta's upcoming video directed by Michael Mando.

While I'm not at liberty to discuss specifics or to post many pictures, I can honestly say that they are putting together a really cool project. The video's concept is really creative and in the end, should turn quite a few heads. More on this in a few weeks when the video is released.

In the meantime, here's an action shot.

Cheers
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Everyone seems to be obsessed with sharpness: my image is sharp! my lens is sharp! check out my knife, it's sharp! OK, that last one is besides the point.

How about using an out of focus image to convey emotion, movement and to make you use your imagination a bit more?

Feel free to speculate what this image is all about :-)
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Bank Street Mazda
2575 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K1T 1M8
My wife and I each bought cars last week from Bank Street Mazda in Ottawa, Canada, and we received confirmation on two separate occasions that we could pick them up independently. Unfortunately for me, that wasn't the case. While my wife went to Toronto, I went and picked up my car. After 45 minutes of waiting around in the showroom (and with everyone aware of my presence), I finally went into an office to sign papers only to be told 10 minutes later that both my wife and I had to pick up the cars at the same time.

I waited another 10 minutes and had to complain twice to a manager in order to get someone to drive me home since I had no other means short of a cab (which they offered to pay for once someone finally made themselves available to drive me home - what timing). In fact, I had to stand in front of the manager's office to get their attention on two separate occasions.

They were too busy selling cars and leaving existing customers in a lurch. My family has been buying cars from Bank Street Mazda in Ottawa for many years (probably 8 cars now) and unless something is done to remedy this situation, these will be our last two. I am enraged and disgusted by the unprofessionalism that cost me business tonight (and even that claim was challenged by the manager). How can leaving a customer standing around for that much time be acceptable practice in any organization?

I would buy a Mazda elsewhere if I were you...
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My photo essay on the bullfighting event that occurs in Cotabambas, Peru is complete and up on my site. 

The essay documents the amazing/perilous trip there, the regular bullfighting that transpires, and the main event that led me there in the first place. The main event features villagers tying a condor to the back of a bull before its released to fight against many bullfighters. The custom is full of symbolism and it's important to note that no animals were killed during the celebration.

Visit my photo essay for some pretty incredible and rare pictures and a full explanation of why this event occurs every year on Peru's Independence Day

http://www.cuibono.ca/events/bullfighting/

Have a great day

Rob
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Really impressed with the moire brush in ACR 7. Here's a quick example of how it can solve moire issues in no time flat.
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Excerpt from http://cuibono.ca/blog/madmen/

"There is nothing better than an original photo-shoot for a photographer. It gets our creative juices flowing and it usually means that you'll have a wonderful time creating something very unique with some very cool people. Instead of opting for the "usual" engagement shoot, Véronique and Mathieu decided to change things up bit and gave Aaron Rodericks and myself a theme to play with. Specifically, they wanted a 1960s "Mad Men" themed photo-shoot and Aaron and I were more than happy to oblige.

To make the shoot as authentic as possible, we needed to work on four elements. First, Véronique and Mathieu's clothing had to be reminiscent of the 1960s. Second, just like the clothing, the location had to have as many "old" elements in it as possible. Third, Mathieu had to play (for the most part) a more dominant role while Véronique had to assume the more "subservient" one. And finally, the post-processing of the pictures had to create that vintage faded look to make them feel "old"."

Here are a handful of pictures, plenty more on my site: http://cuibono.ca/blog/madmen/

Have a great day everyone.
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This past weekend was my first trip to London with my 16mm fisheye lens and I decided to go searching for scenes that were naturally "curvy" to see what would happen when photographed with the fisheye. Could the curves be even more accentuated and distorted?

The tube was a great testing ground and after a few shots, I found that the "fisheye" look was actually mostly negated by the curvy scenes. Curves were nicely accentuated and not overly exaggerated. The curves are slightly more pronounced but in a natural way (at least in my opinion).

Additional picture @ http://www.cuibono.ca/blog/tube/default.shtml
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Another important must-have when covering events are pictures that capture the mood and the energy of the event. Crowd surfing at an EDM show? A picture is definitely worth a thousand words... Take your time and find that special moment that really encapsulates the evening.
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Follow me on twitter @cuibonophoto and my site at www.cuibono.ca
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Consultant and avid travel photographer, always looking for opportunities in both field. Bookmark my site @ www.cuibono.ca
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Ran after a 747 in Nairobi, barely making my flight out to Amsterdam...
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My wife and I each bought cars last week from Bank Street Mazda in Ottawa, Canada, and we received confirmation on two separate occasions that we could pick them up independently. Unfortunately for me, that wasn't the case. While my wife went to Toronto, I went and picked up my car. After 45 minutes of waiting around in the showroom (and with everyone aware of my presence), I finally went into an office to sign papers only to be told 10 minutes later that both my wife and I had to pick up the cars at the same time. I waited another 10 minutes and had to complain twice to a manager in order to get someone to drive me home since I had no other means short of a cab (which they offered to pay for once someone finally made themselves available to drive me home - what timing). In fact, I had to stand in front of the manager's office to get their attention on two separate occasions. They were too busy selling cars and leaving existing customers in a lurch. My family has been buying cars from Bank Street Mazda in Ottawa for many years (probably 8 cars now) and unless something is done to remedy this situation, these will be our last two. I am enraged and disgusted by the unprofessionalism that cost me business tonight (and even that claim was challenged by the manager). How can leaving a customer standing around for that much time be acceptable practice in any organization? I would buy a Mazda elsewhere if I were you...
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