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  • #182344
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    I’m in the turn 4 stand with my wife, dad, bro, and his girlfriend. Looking forward to it!
    Is there any kind of meet up going on, at the track or downtown??
    I’ve been to Austin and it is a FUN town to go drinkin’!!

    #176246
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    oops, November 16 – 18

    #161603
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    INDY!!!!!!!!!

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    When I was about 10 I was walking around Atlanta, GA with my dad and we saw a car that was just unbelievable to me. After seeing that car, I was instantly transformed into a car junkie and wanted to learn everything I could. I also would not stop talking about this car I saw. It was a Ferrari BB512 (mind you it was new at the time).

    My dad said to me, if you like that car so much, you should see their race cars. He took me to Road Atlanta for a vintage Ferrari show and we started watching F1 together and never looked back.

    Since then, Ferrari has held a special place for me, after all, they (with a lot of help from my dad) got me into F1. After learning about Enzo Ferrari and how he built the team/company by himself with such passion and determination, I have always leaned more to the individual/privateer teams too – Lotus (old), McLaren, Williams, Sauber more than the big constructors like Mercedes, Renault, Honda or the corporate teams like RedBull, Virgin, etc….

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    Pentax makes good cameras and lenses, but I’ve never heard of the KX. I personally like Canon and Nikon because they have more lens options and they’re easier to find, but I don’t know that it’s really a big issue.

    You can use older lenses from film cameras too, which makes for cool effects. I have a Nikon lens from the late 70s (it doesn’t auto focus) but it produces great quality and cool effects. I have no idea how long pentax has been making SLRs, but it might be something to take into consideration.

    Also, with the cheaper Nikons, the focus motor is not in the camera (it is on more expensive models), so what this means is you get a cheaper and lighter body, but if you want the lens to auto focus, you have to by DX lenses that have the motor in the lens, so you are a little bit more limited. You can use any Nikon SLR lens on the cheaper Nikon cameras (film, DX, non-DX), but only the DX will auto focus.

    Choose your SLR body based on what lenses you want and how much you want to spend and how much versatility you want…..

    #158114
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    In your posts you talk about F1 and motorsports shots. You need to things 1) a fast shutter speed, 1/3000, 1/4000, etc. the D3100 has 1/4000 (that means the shutter fires in four thousands of a second!) so a car going 200mph is clear and easy to see and 2) a decent zoom lens (300 or 400mm) to get the shot of a car that is far away without it looking far away….

    Again, you can get a new, basic body that will do everything you want and spend a bit more on a great lens!

    As far as the creativity goes, I say avoid photoshop until you’re an expert. what you need to do is learn the basic functions of a camera and learn how to shoot normal photos in any light setting (mastering light and how to control and manipulate it is mastering photography) using the manual settings. Then you can get creative by manipulating the settings for what you want.

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    I shoot film mostly, but I have a Nikon D40 dSLR, which was replaced by the D3000/D5000 and again by the recent D3100. I love it. It’s light, inexpensive and does more than I need it to. Spend you money on lenses. It has a lot to do with 1) your knowledge of the manual settings, and 2) your lenses. these things are far more important than megapixels.

    This guy Ken Rockwell has great product breakdowns and reviews/recommendations. He knows what’s up! Here is his 2011 Recommended cameras: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm

    Here is his comment on the D3100.

    “The D3100 is a great camera. I’d get a D3100 instead of other bigger, heavier and more expensive cameras unless you have a very clear, stated reason that the D3100 won’t work for you.”

    #146110
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    Thanks, sounds like what I’m looking for too. Only now, I can’t find one….BestBuy says it’s discontinued…

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    Q: Are you the kind of guy to have a ‘Plan-B’?

    Usually, but not always.

    Q: Who is your dream date?

    If not my soon to be wife, then maybe Alessandra Ambrosio or someone of that nature (by the way, why does everyone keep saying men in this section, maybe the meaning of ‘date’ is different in the states, just wondering)

    Q: Which film last made you cry?

    I don’t think I have cried at a movie, maybe ET when I was like 8.

    Q: What are you afraid of?

    Dancing in public.

    Q: What was the last book you read?

    Just finished David Sedaris – “When You Are Engulfed in Flames”. Just started “The Last Open Road” by Burt Levy.

    Q: What is your favourite way to relax?

    Beach trips.

    Q: Have you ever – or would you ever – dye your hair?

    On a dare I put lemon juice in it once…it turned orange.

    Q: Name five things that you hate?

    I don’t really hate anything, but I strongly dislike hangovers, people getting too caught up with celebrities and pop-culture crap, not having time to mountain bike, ticketmaster, violent criminals.

    Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?

    i have one tattoo.

    Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school reports?

    Nothing really, I was good enough to pass and bad enough for them not to care.

    Q: Who were your childhood heroes?

    Not really any sport or celebrity heros. My parents….

    Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?

    drinking

    Q: Do you collect anything?

    Bikes, photos….kind of, nothing really.

    Q: What was your worst buy?

    I usually don’t buy things without over-thinking it…Tivo, never used it and got a DVR from provider. I still have it if anyone wants it..

    Q: How do you take your coffee?

    a little cream, a little sugar in the am, black any other time.

    Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?

    Mountain bike, then lazy time with a few beers and football.

    Q: What was your first vehicle?

    1966 Ford Mustang

    Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?

    No major ones that I can remember.

    Q: What is the best thing you can cook?

    Steak, fish, chicken, hamburgers, corn, etc on the grill

    Q: When was the last time you were really angry?

    I can’t remember.

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