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Deals/Deal Requests / 20% off
« on: September 07, 2014, 11:48:37 PM »
$80 min. - use code14FALLA

This works on Ecco too.

Free shipping, free exchanges, 365 day returns, etc.

Offer does not apply to the following brands: Alegria, Brooks, Frye, Mephisto, Merrell, Naot, New Balance (select styles), Nike, Pikolinos, or UGG Australia. Additional restrictions may apply. Offer ends at 11:59 pm Pacific Friday, October 31, 2014.

Does not apply to the following New Balance styles (all colors):
M890v3, M990v3, M1080v3, M1340, M1540, M2040, M3090v2, MB3000, MB4040, MC996, MC1005, MO10, MO80, MR10v2, MR20v2, MR1400, MT1210, MW812, MW847, MW928, MW968, MW1765, MX20v3, MX1012, W860v3, W890v3, W990v3, W1080v3, W1340, W1540, W3090v2, WC996, WC1005, WO10, WO80, WR10v2, WR20v2, WR1400, WT1210, WW812, WW847, WW928, WW968, WW1765, WX20v3, WX1012

Goods For Sale/Trade / Free 10 Gallon Fish Tank
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:27:47 AM »
Packing for my move next week and came across the remnants of my first tank. Giving everything away for free, pick up in BP. Will be thrown away by motzei Shabbos, so save it from this terrible fate.

- 10 gallon glass tank (has tiny corner chip but is perfect otherwise)
- Hood with integrated light (if I remember correctly one hinge may be broken, but it worked fine regardless)
- Brand new Coralife bulb still in box
- Marineland Penguin 150 bio-wheel filter with what looks like a box full of cartridges
- Elite Hush 10 filter and some extra cartridges
- Aquaclear 10 heater

Everything worked when I put it in storage, so it should probably still work today. Total value is probably in the $200 range.

PM if interested.

Goods For Sale/Trade / National Free Day Coupons Master Thread
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:07:23 AM »
Comes as a coupon code From the 1-2-Free promo.

Up to full size, and works for one ways.

Expires 6/16.

$25 each, $45 for both, OBO.

LAX-HNL $169   8/17, 8/24
LAS-HNL $182   8/17, 8/24
HNL-LAS $182 8/25, 9/1
HNL-LAX $277 8/22, 8/31
HNL-LAX $297 8/24
There may be other dates or originating cities, I only checked a couple.
Typical RT prices for LAS-HNL is in the $500-$600 range, and LAX-HNL starts at $650.

Goods For Sale/Trade / FS Adobe Lightroom 5
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:48:12 PM »
Full version, sealed, brand new. Got it as part of a camera bundle, but already had it.

Asking $65. Sells for $137 at B&H and $120 on Amazon.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Looking to buy Sprint Android for ~$100
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:24:27 AM »
Looking to buy a fairly decent Android phone on Sprint for about $100 to tide me over till the Note 4 comes out. I'm in Brooklyn (BP).

I'd rather not deal with ebay.

Goods For Sale/Trade / 78 Gal. custom aquarium with EVERYTHING - $500 OBO
« on: November 28, 2013, 06:04:13 PM »
I don't have time to take care of it anymore, so it's been sitting empty in my house for a while. I promised my wife that it'll be gone by Chanukkah, so the price is very negotiable ;). Value is well over $1000.

The tank is a tall custom made 78 gallon - 48x12x29" (WxDxH), made out of 1/2" thick glass. It includes everything you would ever need. I put in an insane amount of money on this through the 3 years it was active, so all the equipment is top notch and in very good condition.


Wooden stand/cabinet
Rena XP3 filter (worth about $200 by itself). Great condition but needs a good cleaning
Coralife T8 light fixture (worth about $250)
30' Python system (plus a somewhat leaking 20' extension)
Diatom filter (worth about $200, very hard to find) - needs cleaning
Glass hood
Heater (rated for twice the tank size)
Air pump
Mag Float magnetic algae scraper

A huge pile of random stuff - all types of food, filter media, conditioners, ammonia fix, test kits, medication, algae fix, nets, scrapers, rake, thermometer, decorations, buckets, Eheim filter (missing some parts), old fluorescent light fixture 20-30 lbs of cleaned sand, and who knows what else.

I'll add some pictures once I get home.

Pick up in BP - bring a friend and a car big enough to shlep it (at least a minivan).

Tech Talk / Where Could I Rent A Satellite Phone?
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:15:59 AM »
Anyone know a good place? Need it for about a week.

Goods For Sale/Trade / Canvas Gallery Wrap Credit
« on: October 28, 2013, 10:54:09 PM »
I have a code for an 8x10 canvas gallery wrap from Adorama which I won at the Photo Plus Expo last week.

Value $24, selling for $18 OBO. Expires 11/4.

Deals/Deal Requests / Shutterfly Master Thread
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:00:08 AM »
There are countless threads here discussing various Shutterfly deals and coupon codes. I think it's time we kept them all to one thread, a la the Groupon, Staples, Jos A Bank, etc. threads. Maybe we could also keep an up to date wiki with only current codes listed.

I'll start:

Free 8x8 book (new customers only) - use code BCFREEBOOK.

Up In The Air / Pop-up Sukkah on plane?
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:02:44 AM »
Has anyone ever flown with a pop-up sukkah? It's too large to fit into a suitcase...

Any thoughts?

Deals/Deal Requests / 20% Back Sitewide on Rakuten (
« on: May 27, 2013, 09:28:23 PM »
Use promo code MEMORIAL to get 20% backas Rakuten ( points sitewide till 2am (Eastern).

Adorama now has the Panasonic GX1 body in both black and silver for $199, plus 2% back for good measure :).

This is probably the best mirrorless deal out there now.

You could get the 14-42 lens for about $130-150 new, but there are fairly frequent price drops on it (nothing that I could find at the moment though).

Tech Talk / Which Camera Should I Get? Master Thread
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:56:27 AM »
Can't decide which camera to get? Trying to decide between a Mirrorless or a DSLR? Ask away!

Please ask your questions here instead of in the Learn Photography Master Thread. Let's keep that thread to photography related discussions, not camera buying discussions.

Tech Talk / Learn Photography Master Thread
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:24:23 AM »
Amazing pics!
I wish I knew how to take better pics.
Umm...can I get a photography class from you?

I've been getting the impression around here lately that there are a great many people here (not just Dan ;)) who would love to get more into photography. In every trip report, half the comments on the pictures is someone wishing that they could take pictures like that, that they could maximize their camera's potential.

For a long time I've wanted to start a thread on learning photography, starting from the very basics and progressing to more and more advanced topics. I've made a rough outline (see below) of what I would like to cover.

I'm thinking this could even be more than just a simple how-to. Have a question about a certain technique? Always wanted to get a certain 'look' in a photograph and don't know how? Want to know why all your indoor pictures are blurry :)? I'd be more then happy to give you my $.02. Hopefully other DDF'ers who are knowledgeable about photography could chime in as well..

This is probably gonna be a lot of work from my end, so I don't want to do it if there's not much interest. If you think this is something you'd enjoy please let me know by posting here.

Here's a rough outline of what I'd like to cover. If anyone has any ideas/recommendations/requests please let me know.


Choosing a camera
Point and shoot vs. mirrorless vs. DSLR
Camera specs and what they mean
Which specs to focus on and which to ignore
Balance between needs/price/convenience

Lenses 101 - technology, terminology, and specs, zooms vs. primes, basic/advanced/unique lenses

Lighting 101 - focusing specifically on easy to afford and easy to use setups
Small flash - on camera, off camera, modifiers and accessories
Studio strobes
Continuous lighting - fluorescent, LED, and halogen
Basic light modifiers - umbrellas, softboxes, gels, reflectors
Basic supports - lightstands, umbrella brackets, backgrounds, etc.

All about accessories - memory cards, tripods, bags, filters, remotes, adapters, grips, geotaggers, and more)

So I bought all my stuff - now what?

What makes a compelling photograph?
Exposure basics - the shutter speed/aperture/ISO triangle
Depth of field
Composition basics - rule of thirds, perspective, framing
Advanced composition - negative space, inclusion and exclusion, compression
Light - natural, golden hour, basic flash usage.

Let's start shooting...

In the park
Playing sports
At home

Landscapes and wildlife:
"Grand" landscapes
"Intimate" landscapes
Birds in flight
Shooting in bad weather

Babies and newborns
Single person - indoors
Single person - outdoors
Natural light
Artificial light - simple
Artificial light - complex
Mixed light

Close up and macro
Product photography

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Basic)
Shoot out of a plane window?
Shoot underwater?
Shoot compelling black-and-white?

How do I...? (Some specific scenarios/techniques - Advanced)
Long exposures
Light painting
Twilight landscapes
Milky Way
Star trails

Basic editing concepts:
Layers and masking

So... what do you think?

(A quick note on my photographic "record" and where I'm coming from:: I was a salesperson and later trainer in one of the biggest photo stores in the US, and trained salespeople in all topics I hope to cover. I currently work as a product developer for a large manufacturer, where I design and develop photo and lighting equipment and accessories. You could see a small selection of my photography on my Flickr page - click the little globe under my user name to get there.)

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