Tony Reynes

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  • in reply to: Printing Images – SPRS Participation? #4968
    Tony Reynes
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      Ed and Herb, as you continue to feed your beasts, please give me some of the throwaways. I volunteer at the Yountville VA twice a week and I am sure your images could brighten someone’s day up there.

      in reply to: Who are we taking photographs for? #4963
      Tony Reynes
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        There have been no posts here for I while, so here goes.

        Hats off to Mike’s recognition about photography, judging and passion. I also think it opens up for me a more global issue for me: aging.

        For the last few birthdays, I have come to realize, again and again, that most of my life is in the rear view mirror and not in the windshield. My future is limited and of unknown nature. I can’t control it, but I can make course corrections for me. This involves understanding me and my needs. Part of that is to add and drop people and activities that no longer fit. I am positive that I love photography but am not sure that competition fits in my life any more. I am also positive that I miss seeing club members and I want to see more of them on a regular basis. This is one of my goals for 2024.

        in reply to: Printing Images – SPRS Participation? #4962
        Tony Reynes
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          I was involved in print competition for a number of years in my old club in Chicago. Of course then, DPI (Digitally Produced Images) was in its infancy. Initially, those images were a joke and most people avoided the category and either bought a printer or had their work done at the local Costco.

          I tiptoed  into the fray with a cheap printer and low-end paper. In a short time I rationalized a larger printer and more/better paper could be used for competition, clients and selling images at fairs. Total investment for 2005-2010 was about $8,000. The big Epson with its inks and rasterizing software was about 4-5 k; paper, mattes, frames, plastic envelopes and a small tent for fairs added up to almost the same amount. I went to a couple of  fairs and found the print prices were low and the competition high. My clients loved the prints but few wanted to pay very much. My images for competition were fun, glorious and did well. But, being somewhat of a perfectionist, the final print was proceeded by many many test copies.

          After a few years of heavy use, I started traveling more with my photo workshops, my Epson’s print head clogged from lack of regular use. Then I bought a new Canon. When we moved out here in early 2019 and I found that I had all these new places to visit and I realized that my Canon printer was probably going to suffer the same fate as my old one: lack of use in a very dry climate. Reluctantly, I sold all my gear about 3 years ago.

          So today, I very much miss my old printer but I recognize it doesn’t fit my life any more. My true printing needs are limited and a printer needs to be used on a regular basis. Net of this whole narrative is that my owning a printer is an added commitment to another long term relationship. If the relationship isn’t maintained, things can get expensive.

          in reply to: Suggestion for website #4552
          Tony Reynes
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            Ronnie,

            Good call. I will try and get it in more regularly.

            in reply to: July 10th BBQ @ Steve & Toni’s in Guerneville #3642
            Tony Reynes
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              Great job Mike. You really caught the person inside.

               

              in reply to: Full frame sensors #2731
              Tony Reynes
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                I use one body on mission-critical stuff like client shoots and workshops. Whenever I bought a new body, the replaced one became my back up and the bac-back up was then sold. I went through the Canon 5D’s this way and and now doing it with the Sony A7’s. Staying in a series meant I had to learn the least new things in the menu. I am lazy.

                in reply to: Full frame sensors #2729
                Tony Reynes
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                  Steve, my business partner and I bought our Lumix because we loved the size, reviews and weight. It was fine for daylight stuff but not low light situations where I earn most of my money. Typically I am shooting hand-held with a 100-400.

                  in reply to: Welcome New Members #2728
                  Tony Reynes
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                    My name is Tony Reynes. I have been a member of SRPS since 2019 when we moved here from the Chicago area. My photographic passion is landscape and teaching. I started serious photography in 2001 with a Nikon Coolpix, went through 6 Canon bodies, tried a Lumix system and now am on my second Sony A7. In Chicago, I was a judge, a president of a 60-member club, a presenter, a founding member of Out of Chicago and started a photo workshop company in 2017 that currently has trips to North Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin, Michigan and Oregon. Today, I am the SRPS Club Tutor and the Club person in charge of field trips.

                     

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