Get 15% off the already amazingly-priced Nik Collection by Google!

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A couple years ago Google acquired Nik Software and heavily discounted the price of the entire Nik Collection to just $149. An amazing deal considering the bundle weighed in at around $500 before the acquisition. Now you can get 15% off and drop that price down to just $126.65! During checkout apply coupon code cdodds and the discount will be reflected in your shopping cart.

  • Analog Efex Pro – Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
  • Color Efex Pro – A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Silver Efex Pro – Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
  • Viveza – Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
  • HDR Efex Pro – From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
  • Sharpener Pro – Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.
  • Dfine – Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.

Dell 28-inch Ultra HD monitor coming soon? More like coming today!

Dell P2815Q

Dell’s groundbreaking Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor – P2815Q was announced at CES and has been listed as Coming Soon and available January 23 (tomorrow). This will probably be the defacto Mac Pro monitor until Apple releases new affordable Apple-branded displays. Well, good news. The $699.99 P2815Q appears to be available for sale early but you have to search for it. Then use coupon code QZLZVG878LG5V6 to save 10% off. For an even bigger discount use “Continue Personalizing” and “Buy a second monitor and save” to get a second one for $524.99.

You’re welcome.

Official UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo and event photostream

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo

Those of you in the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo must have been quite disappointed this time around! Instead of having to climb precarious ladders or hang out of third-story windows to get the shot I had a nice stable balcony to stand on! Truth be told, while taping the boundaries, my cohort Brian and I were trying to figure out how to get me up into the tree for sheer comedy value. No luck. Maybe next time.

Ubuntu Developer Summit Raring Ringtail (UDS-R) at Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark, EU – 29th Oct – 1st Nov 2012 [cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor]. High-resolution originals can be downloaded in the SmugMug galleries:

About the shot…

Since my shiny new EOS M was still preordered and didn’t arrive in time the setup was the same as Budapest, Orlando, and Oakland; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the  EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting relatively high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals. Flash photography in the rest of the gallery was lit by a Speedlite 580EX II with a few shots here and there taken with the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) group photo

Sean Sosik-Hamor taking the UDS-R (Raring Ringtail) Group Photo (Photo by Jeff Lane)

 

Official UDS-Q group photo and personal photo set

Another UDS, another chance for me to risk life and limb by climbing dangerously high objects to get a good vantage point to take the group photo! Setup was the same as Orlando; shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Unfortunately the poor lighting meant I was shooting insanely high ISOs so there’s quite a bit of noise on the originals.

UDS-Q photos cc by-sa 2012 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Photo by Bilal Akhtar showing the secret behind the UDS-Q Group Photo!

 

Another behind the scenes shot showing what went into the UDS-Q Group Photo. cc by-sa Howard Dyckoff.

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Fotoshop by Adobé

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This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty. – Jesse Rosten

A pair short films by Jesse Rosten offers a humorous but blunt commentary on what is considered beautiful in today’s fast-paced advertising-fueled market. Sometimes makeup isn’t enough. Sometimes, just sometimes, you need Fotoshop by Adobé.

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5.11 Tactical Uniform Shirts on sale for $5.99!

5.11 Tactical B Class Uniform Shirt

5.11 Tactical B Class Uniform Shirt

Although I haven’t written up a review yet I’ve become a big fan of 5.11 Tactical Taclite Pro vented polyester/cotton ripstop shirts which MSRP for $54.99 USD. They’re absolutely perfect for both photography and travel with hidden document pockets to store your phone, passport, travel documents, memory cards, and anything else you can stuff in!

So when I saw that 5.11 Tactical had their polyester/rayon B Class Uniform Shirt on Closeout for only $5.99 I jumped at the chance to pick up a few. They’re not vented like the Taclite Pro (which actually makes them a bit dressier) but have the same Teflon® treatment and hidden document pockets.

The only thing I’m a bit weary of is that these are indeed police/military uniform shirts with badge rivets and shoulder straps which may make wearing my Lowepro Fastpack 350 uncomfortable. But for $5.99 I’ll take that chance for a great shirt to toss into my Go Bag.

As a bonus, use coupon code 511TACSIGN at 5.11 Tactical to get 15% off your order (may not be valid on closeout items; I haven’t tried).

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Official UDS-P group photo and personal photo set

It’s déjà vu all over again! It looks just like last year, only a bit more organized! Since getting everyone balanced in a group photo the size of this is akin to herding cats I decided to lay down boundaries with gaffer tape like at UDS-O in Budapest. It worked out extremely well; it’s much easier to say “stay inside the pink tape” than to bark orders over the crowd to get individual people to move and fill in the gaps. And remember, if you can’t see my lens, I can’t see you!

UDS-P photos cc by-sa 2011 Sean Sosik-Hamor (prints can be ordered by clicking the Buy button in the gallery):

Shot with my workhorse EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM mounted to the usual EOS-1D Mark IV on 10 FPS burst to increase the chances of getting a usable shot with all the movement in the crowd. Apologies for taking a while to get these posted; it’s been a hectic four weeks of travel, event support, and sprinting.

The making of the group photo

Following what appears to be a new UDS tradition Randall managed to capture me herding everyone into the photo box made out of pink tape! (cc by-sa 2.0 rrnwexec)