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No sound files...I didn't have a chance to get anything recorded before the show.

The photography i something that takes a lot of work...for me anyway. I love it but it is hard. So much to learn. Michael Darnton is really the one that made me realize that I needed to learn how to take decent photos to help with sales and marketing. Now it has become my hobby.

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The photography i something that takes a lot of work...for me anyway. I love it but it is hard. So much to learn. Michael Darnton is really the one that made me realize that I needed to learn how to take decent photos to help with sales and marketing.

- And you're getting really good at it. I'm a serious amateur photog myself, and I know how hard it is! Your lighting is just about perfect, and I love how your varnish looks.

Here's a tip I recently discovered: If you want to take a pic on an angle, especially a macro shot, it is REALLY helpful to have a tilt-shift lens. Yes, very expensive (the new Canon ones are amazing) but worth it. They let you keep everything in focus.

-an alternative is to get a medium-format lense, like the Mamiya 645 120mm f/4 macro, and put it on a T/S adapter. Zork sells one of the best adapters. For about $8-900, you end up with an amazing setup.

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I have a Nikon D300, a Mamiya M645, an RB67 and a Bronica ETRS. I love medium format film for B&W! I have been thinking about a Lens Baby T/S.

^ Wow! Nice. I'd love to have a Bronica.

What's a lens baby T/S? A new lens from them, or an adapter? I personally wouldn't trust their optics, but an adapter alternative to Zork would be wonderful.

Anyway, since you have a 645, DEFINITELY find a good 120/4 macro. It's one of the best lenses they ever made, and you can pick them up cheap, being MF and all.

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Many years ago Michael Darnton made an impression on me with his photography...his ability to show his workmanship. It's difficult to do that with a "snapshot"...it takes a photograph. This is basically my attempt to copy a photograph I saw that Michael had posted.

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'' I have been thinking about a Lens Baby T/S. ''

If you want the toy lens look that's a good lens for it, but for a proper tilt shift I'd sugguest the

85 mm f/2.8 PC Micro-Nikkor, for your d300, save on darkroom work, it's got all you need. Not cheap though. This is the best review I know of it :

http://www.google.ie/url?url=http://www.na...FuQ&cad=rja

Still got my Mamiya 645J, it's rock solid and was dirt cheap.

For all my violin photos I've used one lens, a Pentax SMC 50mm Macro, with polarizing filter, stopped down to f11 on a tripod. It's time I found a new look, but I don't like large areas of blur in photos that are supposed to show detail. For quick n dirty I just use pop up flash with some fill light.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benconover/5058036790/

I asked Darnton about T/S via large format, and he said just use digital stopped down.

The photos on Neil Ertz's site were done with a large format camera and T/S but for the average viewer they'd never even know. Also, the average viewer would not understand the perspective correction going on with T/S photography, so why bother when they don't see it......

Here's a photo I made with a home made shifting pinhole, for fun :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benconover/20...57603261040049/

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the average viewer would not understand the perspective correction going on with T/S photography, so why bother when they don't see it......

- But they CAN see it. They just don't recognize it for what it is. As you say, tllt gives a different perspective, which I personally prefer for this type of shot, especially the macro-type shots of bridges, f-holes, and such.

Also, you can then open the lens up a little, so you don't need as much light, which can give a different look to the finish & also minimize reflection problems.

And heck, any excuse for buying a new toy....

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